South Carolina Beer

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Today in 1788, South Carolina became the 8th state.

South Carolina
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South Carolina Breweries

South Carolina Brewery Guides

Guild: South Carolina Brewers Association

State Agency: South Carolina Department of Revenue

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  • Capital: Columbia
  • Largest Cities: Columbia, Charleston, North Charleston, Greenville, Rock Hill
  • Population: 4,012,012; 26th
  • Area: 32007 sq.mi., 40th
  • Nickname: Palmetto State
  • Statehood: 8th; May 23, 1788

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  • Alcohol Legalized: April 14, 1933
  • Number of Breweries: 14
  • Rank: 37th
  • Beer Production: 3,726,460
  • Production Rank: 21st
  • Beer Per Capita: 25.8 Gallons

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Package Mix:

  • Bottles: 35.5%
  • Cans: 59.3%
  • Kegs: 5.0%

Beer Taxes:

  • Per Gallon: $0.77
  • Per Case: $1.73
  • Tax Per Barrel (24/12 Case): $23.81
  • Draught Tax Per Barrel (in Kegs): $23.81

Economic Impact (2010):

  • From Brewing: $3,804,637
  • Direct Impact: $883,919,695
  • Supplier Impact: $317,601,830
  • Induced Economic Impact: $625,465,783
  • Total Impact: $1,826,987,308

Legal Restrictions:

  • Control State: No
  • Sale Hours: On Premises: On-premise closing times are local option and are not set by the state.
    Off Premises: 24 hours for beer and low-alcohol wine, 9am-7pm Mon-Sat. at liquor stores
  • Grocery Store Sales: Yes
  • Notes: 14% ABW (17.5% ABV) cap on beer
    Wine > 16% ABV sold in liquor stores
    No hard liquor sales after 7 p.m. and none on Sundays.
    No off-premise alcohol sales after midnight Saturday until 7 a.m. Monday, except in Aiken, Greenville, Spartanburg, Horry County, Colleton County, Richland County, Charleston County/city and Beaufort County. No sales on election days at liquor stores.

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Data complied, in part, from the Beer Institute’s Brewer’s Almanac 2010, Beer Serves America, the Brewers Association, Wikipedia and my World Factbook. If you see I’m missing a brewery link, please be so kind as to drop me a note or simply comment on this post. Thanks.

For the remaining states, see Brewing Links: United States.

Comments

  1. Beerman49 says

    A glaring omission is Liberty Steakhouse & Bewery in Myrtle Beach, which has been around since early 00’s! Original brewpub (HUGE restaurant space & a big bar area w/many TV’s) is at Broadway at the Beach (big shopping center); they’ve since added 4 “taphouses” in SC (one of which is at north end of MB) & another brewpub in NC.

    Their ales & dark brews are good (I don’t drink light wheat brew, so no comment on those). I’ve gone to MB many times 1996-on to hook up w/my eastern buddies for a week golf & partying – we’ve had a few group gigs at the brewery & taphouse (the latter of which is very close to our lodging). Good chow & beer @ both places for reasonable $$ – finding a fellow beer geek at the bar might be tough, tho.

    Bottom line: Beer geex visiting MB have limited choices beyond Liberty. Magic Mushroom, a SE US pizza-based chain, is WAY best of the rest -40+ taps & a big bottle selection, most of which are of the craft/micro variety. Sit at the bar! The barmaids I’ve encountered there answered my q’s about brews on the menu I knew nothing about.

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