The popularity of South Carolina-made brews weighs heavily on current state legislation now under consideration, according to Jaime Tenny, co-owner of Coast Brewing in North Charleston and head of the Brewers Association.
The association has been working to change state laws to make it more enticing for brewers to operate in the state, and has been advocating for a law that would address the inability of breweries to sell beer by the pint, Tenny said.
State law now limits breweries to 4-ounce pours at tastings.
The group has worked to get legislation passed before, but “this is a big one,” Tenny said. “This one is well overdue.”
But an amendment to the bill this month would lower the maximum an individual can consume at the breweries to 48 ounces, would repeal the breweries’ ability for sample tastings and would impose an insurance requirement, which Tenny said was “insanely high.”
Sen. Sean Bennett, R-Summerville, said he is planning to introduce an amendment next week that would continue allowing breweries to offer samples and would eliminate the insurance requirement.
His amendment would not raise the currently proposed 48-ounce limit that someone can consume on site.