I previously reported on the South Carolina Brewers Guild Festival in the Free Times, but I wanted to repost the article here as well so that more people may see the information.
The South Carolina Brewers Guild — originally organized in 2005 by Jaime Tenny of COAST Brewing and more recently structured with an executive committee in 2014 — has been working quietly, promoting the craft beer industry and helping to modernize laws to remove some of the red tape from operating an alcohol-related business in the state. Meanwhile they’ve been dreaming of an event to celebrate how far beer culture in South Carolina has come while also remembering the past.
Finally, they’ve decided that this is the perfect time to put on a beer festival that will bring together all South Carolina breweries, brewpubs, homebrewers, potential future brewery owners and, of course, craft beer enthusiasts. The inaugural festival will take place on May 21 at the Brick Works Park at 190 Knox Abbott Drive in the City of Cayce.
“All South Carolina beers and all South Carolina breweries and brewpubs are invited, whether they are Guild members or not,” says SC Brewers Guild executive director Brook Bristow.
In addition to being a celebration of craft beer in the state, says Bristow, the festival seemed like the perfect time to meet with legislators to say ‘thank you,’ present them with economic growth numbers, and discuss issues pertinent to the industry today.
“In such an innovative industry, the laws cannot keep up fast enough with what is going on,” he says.
In the future, the festival may rotate locations to promote areas that don’t have breweries, and spur up-and-coming brewers to consider those areas. Bristow also notes that the event will serve as a fundraiser for the Guild so that it can continue its efforts to further craft beer in the state.
Tickets are $50, and food trucks will also be on site. Check back on the event’s Facebook page for updates on breweries and other vendors that will be at the festival.