A new website established to help South Carolinians voice their support for new craft beer-related legislation is beginning to gain attention and a groundswell of support in an effort to pass the so-called Stone Bill in the waning days of the SC Legislature.
Create SC Beer Jobs launched earlier this week. The straightforward, simplistic website gives a brief rundown of the legislation it supports – a bill in both the SC House and Senate that would increase the production limits for the state’s brewpubs – and allows supporters to enter their name and email in a form, which then generates and automatically sends an email to top lawmakers. The email reads as follows:
I’m writing today in hopes that you’ll support the Stone Bill, which will update our antiquated brewery laws and help create jobs in our state.
Craft brewers across our state have the means to expand their operations considerably, employing hundreds in the process. Stone Brewing Company alone – a California-based craft brewer – could create 300 jobs here almost immediately with this change.
It’s past time that we bring these laws into the 21st Century to support a growing industry. Please support the Stone Bill today!
Sincerely, (Your Name)
If passed, the bill would have an immediate effect on local businesses by increasing the maximum output for brewpubs (up to 500,000 BBL annually) and expanding the means by which they can sell and distribute their products. But in the big picture, the bill is crafted as a way to lure big-name breweries to the state, including California’s Stone Brewing Co., which is looking to bring 300 jobs to an East Coast satellite brewery. The legislation would open the doors
The website is the creation of Push Digital, a political marketing firm. Push Owner Wesley Donehue – who is not only juggling political campaigns, but is also days out from the birth of his first child – said the firm created the site and is helping push the legislation pro bono.
“Unfortunately our laws quite aren’t where they need to be,” Donehue told Columbia’s WIS Wednesday. “That’s a lot of jobs we can’t be passing up for some silly little technicality.”
Since launching earlier this week, more than 300 people have submitted their support, a number that is likely to grow with the recent media coverage. To lend your support, go to www.scbeerjobs.com.