New bill aims to attract big breweries, ease restrictions on brewpubs

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New legislation that will soon be introduced in the SC Legislature aims to not only ease restrictions on brewpubs currently in operation, but also attract larger national breweries to the Palmetto State. Continue reading

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Pint Bill signed into law

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As they say, it’s a great day in South Carolina.

Thursday afternoon, SC Gov. Nikki Haley put pen to paper and officially signed the state’s Pint Bill, immediately putting into effect the Pint Law. Starting right now, every brewery in South Carolina can begin serving up to 48 ounces to an individual.

COAST wasted no time in indicating they’re ready to begin serving pints during tours tonight, tweeting out this photo of lines of branded pint glasses. And Conquest announced opening hours for its tasting room late Wednesday, also indicating that when they law went into effect, they’d immediately being serving pints.

Be sure to find your local brewery’s tasting room hours, get out there and drink up!

 

Pint Bill to become law within days

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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.

S.C. House approves Pint Bill, moves on to governor for signature

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For all the hiccups and hurdles South Carolina’s Pint Bill has faced recently, this week has seen the bill fly through the state Legislature. On Thursday, the amended bill successfully made it through the S.C. House of Representatives with a 73-37 vote.

As expected, the bill – which passed out of the Senate on Wednesday – came up against little opposition in the House. Lawmakers concurred with the changes made from the version they originally passed.

It’s fully expected that Gov. Nikki Haley will sign off on the legislation. Once it becomes law, the changes immediately go into effect. She’ll likely sign the bill within the next couple of weeks.

Pint Bill passes S.C. Senate

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After finally making it to the floor of the South Carolina Senate on Tuesday for debate and a vote, the state’s Pint Bill on Wednesday finally passed the chamber with a final vote.

The bill passed its first test on the chamber on Tuesday with a 31-1 vote. Unsurprisingly, the only “nay” vote came from Sen. Mike Fair (R-Greenville). You’ll recall Fair’s objection resulted in negotiations between supports and opponents, which ended in the compromise the Senate eventually passed.

So, what’s next? The bill now goes back to the S.C. House of Representatives, which must approve the changes made from the version they originally voted on. Since there was little objection in that chamber, it’s unlikely the bill will have to jump over any more hurdles. Once the House approves it, it goes before Gov. Nikki Haley to sign into law.

The bill will likely be signed by the end of the month.

Pint Bill passes 1st reading in Senate

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Things have been pretty quite on the Pint Bill front since a compromise was reached on May 9. But Tuesday morning, the bill finally made it to the floor of the S.C. Senate for what turned out to be a successful first vote.

By a vote of 31-1, the bill received a second reading in chamber. That next and final reading is tentatively scheduled for Wednesday. Following that vote, the bill goes back to the S.C. House of Representatives, which must – and very likely will – approve the proposed changes from the version they passed earlier this year. After that, it’s on to Gov. Nikki Haley to sign into law.

No word on how quickly the changes will go into effect if and when the bill becomes law.

Quest receives state license

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What you have right there is the S.C. Department of Revenue brewing license recently acquired by Greenville’s Quest Brewing Co. It’s like they’re a real brewery or something!

This, along with all the other recent developments at the brewery, means they continue to inch closer to opening day. While the grand opening had been penciled in for some time this month, Quest announced Wednesday morning that there’s been a slight change of plans.

“The reason we have not confirmed a target date for our grand opening is due to the uncertainties surrounding us,” yesterday’s post said. “Once we have beer in the fermentors and all proper permits, we will know for sure. We are shooting for a Saturday in mid to late June.”