This story has been updated.
Beer drinkers might be in for a surprise the next time they head to their local brewery or bottle shop—their canine friends aren’t allowed.
Dogs have become as common a sight in breweries as IPAs, but a rarely enforced Florida Administrative Code is putting the practice to an end. Jacksonville Beach-based brewery, Green Room Brewing, brought attention to the issue in a Facebook post Thursday.
The rule, Florida Administrative Code 64E-11.008 (8), states:
"Live birds and animals–No live birds or animals except for crustacea, shellfish and fish in aquariums shall be allowed in a food service establishment, in vehicles used for transporting food or in any other area or facility used to conduct food service operations; except as provided under Section 413.08, F.S."
While most breweries don’t sell food, the same code defines food as “any raw, cooked, or processed edible substance, ice beverage or ingredient used or intended for use in whole, or in part, for human consumption.”
In other words—beer.
“It does suck that people can’t bring their furry friends anymore,” Mark Stillman, the owner of Green Room Brewing, told Folio Weekly. “Most places don’t allow them already, so why not have a place where you can drink a couple beers and have a good time with them?”
He responded by starting a petition on Change.org that has attracted more than 14,000 signatures at the time of publication.
“We got the notice on Monday and it took me a minute to decide what to do,” Stillman said. “We tried to look for ways around it, but it didn’t look like they would go well, so we felt it was time to let the public know. So we made the petition but we’re also encouraging people to call their state officials and the Health Department.”
Stillman also contacted local officials to request a variance, a waiver … More