New bill Aims to Help S.C. Land Craft Beer Giant
South Carolina lawmakers are once again aiming to loosen restrictions on craft beer producers in hopes of luring a multimillion-dollar investment in a state that has seen a boom in craft breweries.
South Carolina once again finds itself tinkering with state laws that govern the production of beer, the latest in an effort to lure a California brewery’s $20 million eastward expansion. The fledgling craft beer movement in South Carolina has been throttled by Prohibition-era laws, but advocates for the industry and a collection of state lawmakers say rules must continue to change to compete for investment. This week, an amendment to beer laws dubbed the "Stone Bill" was filed in the state Senate by Republican Sen. Sean Bennett of Summerville in an effort to attract Stone Brewing Co. Stone, the nation’s 10th largest craft brewer, earned more than $135 million in revenue last year and is looking to expand east of the Mississippi, according to its 36-page request for proposal issued this spring, which drew interest from across the state. The new bill calls for a change in how brewpubs are defined, allowing them to produce more beer and sell the product to distributors. Currently, state law allows […]