One way or another, by this time next week, you’ll be able to walk into a South Carolina craft brewery and order a pint of beer.
Late Tuesday, it was announced that the legislation allowing up to 48 ounces of beer to be served to an individual at a brewery had been ratified and was on the way to being signed by S.C. Gov. Nikki Haley. Following that, one of two things will happen: 1) The governor will sign the bill, at which point it immediately becomes law and the changes go into effect, or 2) if she doesn’t sign it, it automatically becomes law in five days.
Haley has said she will sign the bill, and there is no fear of a veto.
While brewery employees will still have to undergo safety training and breweries will still have to purchase insurance, there is a grace period inherent with the bill and breweries can immediately begin serving pints as soon as the law goes into effect.