This came in a little while ago from Wesley Donehue over at Push Digital:
ICYMI: Craft Beer Law Change on Fast Track
Columbia, SC-May 16, 2014: “South Carolina is on the verge of passing the most progressive craft beer production laws in the country”, from the Greenville News (5/15/14).
It’s hard to believe that just three weeks ago the possibility of passing the Stone Bill was nearly impossible, but thanks to grassroots efforts and a lot of emails to the SC General Assembly we made magic happen.
Why is the Stone Bill so important?
1. It will loosen antiquated beer laws in efforts to attract California-based company, Stone Brewing , who is planning a $31 million eastward expansion, to South Carolina.
2. It will create more than 250 jobs.
3. South Carolina breweries will finally have the chance to be competitive with the booming craft beer industry taking off around the country.
To pass a bill this fast in South Carolina is practically unheard of and with the potential of a $31 million investment and hundreds of new jobs it would be a mistake for the General Assembly not to pass the Stone Bill.
But — and here’s what I’m unclear on — are we still in the running for Stone, or is this aimed at other, similar opportunities?