Today’s really awesome under the radar news comes courtesy of Maine Beer Company, which on Friday officially (and surprisingly) launched in South Carolina.
The South Carolina Senate pumped the brakes on the so-called Stone Bill Thursday, tapping a group of senators and representatives to discuss and work out the differences in the legislation.
But the move is more procedural than perilous for the bill, which could pass the Legislature as soon as next week.
Legislation aimed at attracting larger breweries to the state by paving the way for expanded rights for South Carolina brewpubs passed the South Carolina House of Representatives today by an overwhelming margin after being added as an amendment to another alcohol-related bill.
Another Raleigh brewery is eyeing an expansion into the Palmetto State soon, making it the third from the city to move south.
A new website established to help South Carolinians voice their support for new craft beer-related legislation is beginning to gain attention and a groundswell of support in an effort to pass the so-called Stone Bill in the waning days of the SC Legislature.
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.
Put down your pitchforks and torches and let me explain why. Continue reading
A BA in craft beer would be a pretty awesome thing to have on your college diploma. But while South Carolina isn’t quite there yet, one Lowcountry technical college is looking to give students an education in the brewing and distilling fields. Continue reading