Greenville and South Carolina’s beer landscape could soon be changing, thanks to a new piece of legislation that passed the South Carolina General Assembly earlier this week. The so-called brewery bill, H. 3512, passed both houses with nearly unanimous consent. The bill is a compromise between brewers and wholesalers and makes major changes to last year’s “pint law,” which allowed breweries to serve a person up to three pints a day when touring the facility.
The new legislation allows a brewery to sell an unlimited amount of beer on site in conjunction with restaurant service and would also allow breweries to serve beer and wine products from other brewers in addition to their own. It does not change the state’s three-tier system that requires producers to sell their beer through wholesalers.
Stone Brewing Co. based in California, is looking to open an East Coast restaurant and brewery and is rumored to be considering SC for a possible expansion. Greenville, Charleston, Lexington and Myrtle Beach have all responded to their request for proposals. Legislators and economic developers hope this bill will help attract large breweries, like Stone, to South Carolina. Over the past several years, multiple multi-million dollar investments have been made in North Carolina by large breweries, such as Sierra Nevada and Oscar Blues.