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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13 SC counties, municipalities approve Sunday alcohol sales

Ballots this past Election Day in 13 counties, cities and towns across South Carolina included referendums that allowed voters to choose whether their respective areas would allow bars and retail stores to sell alcohol on Sundays. And in all 13 regions, the respective measure passed.

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Newly rebranded SC Brewers Guild holds first executive committee meeting

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With continued and expanded growth of South Carolina’s craft beer community throughout 2014 comes a renewed mission for the South Carolina Brewers Guild – formerly known as the South Carolina Brewers Association – which held its inaugural executive committee meeting in Charleston last week to begin plotting the course for SC beer’s future.

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On Stone in SC

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When it comes to Stone Brewing Co.’s move from the Left Coast, my opinion is one I’ve kept quite some time now, but one I can’t seem to shake or change no matter what angle I approach the issue from. Maybe it’s because I haven’t wanted to go against the grain with so many friends and professionals in the industry. Maybe it’s because I didn’t want to seem as if I was putting down one of my favorite breweries or working against the economic interests of the state. It could be a whole host of reasons.

But as time has progressed and the issue has grown in prominence, I keep coming back to the same opinion: At this point in time, I would rather not have Stone – or any large brewery – pick the Palmetto State as the home for its new satellite brewery.

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