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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Alpine acquired by Green Flash; SC distribution possible

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In a surprise announcement this morning, San Diego-based Green Flashing Brewing Co. said it had acquired Alpine Beer Co., a much-hyped California brewery available only in the Golden State, with the two breweries striking a mutual production agreement. It’s is one that could bring much wider distribution for Alpine, including to South Carolina.

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Cigar City SC expansion definite; Southeast rollout could happen by year’s end

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Back in January, I reported that Cigar City was in negotiations with South Carolina distributors to begin shipping its product to the Palmetto State as part of a regional expansion throughout the Southeast. Well, it’s the middle of the year, and there’s no Jai Alai or Maduro Brown on South Carolina shelves yet, but the Tampa brewery is definitely on the verge of regional expansion, which is expected to begin by the end of the year.

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