Despite changes to state law and a passionate push from supporters, South Carolina has been cut from the list of possible locations Stone will construct its East Coast brewing operation, sources have confirmed.
Friday afternoon, the Triad City Beat published a story about how the Greensboro, NC location being considered to house Stone’s brewing facility east of the Mississippi had not made the cut, according to the city’s mayor. Included in that piece was this:
Stone Brewing, the 10th largest craft beer company in the nation, has decided that locations in Ohio and Virginia are more centrally located for distribution east of the Mississippi, eliminating options in North and South Carolina.
The Palmetto State was reportedly cut due to “logistics cost (miles to market).”
While there has been no official confirmation from within SC, individuals close to negotiations have confirmed the state is out of the running.
The news comes despite the so-called Stone Law, which after being enacted recently opened the doors for local breweries to expanding their production capabilities and on-premise consumption limits, while at the same time laying the groundwork for a large-scale brewery such as Stone to open shop in the state.
Despite Stone passing on SC, the law is already showing its worth. Holy City recently opened a kitchen at its brewery, which will allow them to benefit from all the aspects of the law. Expect more SC breweries to follow suit soon.