3 new laws expand opportunities for SC breweries, brewpubs and distilleries

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Right before the South Carolina Legislature ended its session for the year, three new pieces of legislation passed (and subsequently signed into law) will give alcohol producers in the state more opportunities to grow and distribute their product.

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Fund established to aid in Old Mill Brewpub flood repairs

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Countless businesses in South Carolina were damaged in the recent flooding that struck the area. One of those businesses – Lexington’s Old Mill Brewpub – sustained significant damage following a dam breach earlier this week. To aid in repairs and support for employees, a fundraiser has been established through the GoFundMe crowdfunding website.

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Columbia’s Hunter-Gatherer planning new, separate brewery for 2015

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Hunter-Gatherer Brewery & Alehouse has been a staple of Columbia’s beer community since opening in 1995, acting as a sort of forefather for the Capital City’s now-blossoming craft beer scene. While other local beer establishments have come and gone, Hunter-Gatherer has weathered the storm and remained an incredibly popular spot in Columbia. But while the Main Street brewpub has been a favorite haunt of many for a long time, it’s largely remained the same place for nearly two decades.

That will change in 2015 as a new and separate Hunter-Gatherer Brewery will open in the city. But unlike its locally focused brewpub brethren, this new facility aims to make Hunter-Gatherer a statewide name.

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