Tom Pepin and Joey Redner work on beer deal away from Tallahassee

Tampa Bay Business Journal Friday 2nd May, 2014
Joey Redner and Tom Pepin toast with a pint.
Pepin Distributing CEO Tom Pepin and Cigar City Brewing Founder Joey Redner held glasses of Cigar City beer high with big smiles Friday afternoon as a torrential rain battered the roof of Cigar Citys original manufacturing room.
We want everybody to know that we are not enemies, Pepin said. The craft movement has revitalized our industry.
The two men spent more than an hour in back office at Cigar City on Friday talking about what went wrong as Floridas distributors and Floridas craft brewers failed to reach a deal this legislative session to make legal the 64 oz. growler and establish an entry point for the craft industry to operate in the existing three-tier system. …
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