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Updated: 04/14/2014 08:00:00AM

Big beer vs. small craft brewers

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SUN PHOTO BY GARY ROBERTS

Bill Frazer stands in front of a row of 30-barrel fermenters at Fat Point Brewing Company, with an expected July opening in Punta Gorda. He said his small craft brewery could become "collateral damage" if industry-tightening restrictions are approved in the Florida Legislature.

By GARY ROBERTS

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PUNTA GORDA — Bill Frazer has been working for months to transform a Charlotte Street warehouse space into Fat Point Brewing Company, marking the first microbrewery in Charlotte County. The engineer-turned-brewer has his state and federal licenses in hand to both make and sell beer, and he is working with the county to meet all building requirements.

The process is long and arduous, and could become even tougher.

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