Three representatives from the South Carolina Brewers Guild will be representing the state at the 2015 Craft Brewers Conference during a seminar on winning over special interests.
On Tuesday, Brewers Guild Executive Director Brook Bristow announced the Guild’s seminar – From Bill to Growler Fill: How Brewers Can Win Over Special Interests – had been selected to be delivered at the CBC, being held April 14-17 in Portland. Bristow will be joined by Will McCameron, president of Greenville’s Brewery 85 and the Guild’s communications director, and Wesley Donehue, a Summerville-based political consultant who’s helped spearhead legislation related to craft beer growth, including this year’s Stone Law.
“Our state has been waiting on this email for a long time. Possibly since 2005 when the Brewers Guild was founded,” Bristow said in a Facebook post Tuesday. “This will be the first time that I’m aware of that anyone from South Carolina has been able to present at the conference, which has been going on for 31 years.”
Since the passage of the Pint Law in 2013, 12 new breweries have opened in South Carolina, bringing the total to 20 this year, according to Bristow. Those dozen new breweries have pumped $13.7 million into the state economy, adding around 140 jobs to the workforce. South Carolina craft breweries have a combined economic impact of around $250 million annually. The number of breweries in the state is estimated to climb to nearly 50 by 2019, with an estimated economic impact of $70.9 million and around 640 jobs.