Some say to never make a career out of your hobby. The hobby becomes a lot less fun when you must do it, when money becomes the object and when there are mouths to feed. That’s the way I feel about craft beer right now, especially since I’m playing with this damn ketogenic diet that prohibits beer.
There are many reasons I bought into Frothy Beard specifically, but from a big picture standpoint, I bought into a brewery because I wanted an entrepreneurial venture that isn’t politics. What I quickly learned is that all business is political in someway, especially a business based on alcohol. We live in a nation that tells you anything is possible with hard work. But that’s not the case when your business is over regulated and your prosperity is based on the hard work of other companies government forces you to use and doesn’t even allow you to fire. I love our distribution partners but I am and always will be against overregulation
Here in South Carolina we are continuing our march forward toward progressive beer laws. We’ve passed four huge laws in seven years. That doesn’t even count the Pop The Cap law that was passed before I came around. We’ve gone from being one of the worst states for craft beer to being one of the best. Just last week two new laws were signed that will help craft breweries continue to grow. The press release is pasted below. Thank you for all your support of our brewery and all craft breweries in South Carolina again.
South Carolina Continues March Toward Being The Best State For Craft Breweries
(Columbia, SC) – For the fourth time in just 7 years, the South Carolina legislature has passed new legislation, signed into law by the Governor, that fundamentally changes the craft beer scene in South Carolina.
S .114 allows craft breweries to donate their product to charities, in an effort to support the many good causes across South Carolina providing help to our state’s residents. It also allows brewers to participate in nonprofit events by pouring product and providing equipment.
S .275 allows breweries to sell liquor, which is particularly helpful to the brewpubs in South Carolina planning to distribute their product, most notably Hunter Gatherer in Columbia and Edmund’s Oast In Charleston.
Both bills were sponsored by South Carolina beer hero State Senator Sean Bennett (R – Dorchester) and gained bipartisan support in both chambers.
In 2013, South Carolina passed the Pint Law allowing craft brewers to sell pints on premise. In 2014, the Stone Law was passed allowing breweries to sell food on premise. These two new laws continue a trend of South Carolina’s lawmakers supporting the booming craft beer industry.
According to SC Brewers Guild Executive Director Brook Bristow, because of these laws, the state has gone from 8 to 41 breweries. “It’s exploding,” he says “in large part due to bipartisan support from legislators like Senator Sean Bennett and Representative Leon Stavirnakis.”
“We just want to thank the legislature and the Governor for supporting the hard working small business owners who are helping fuel the state’s tourism industry,” said Chris Brown, president of the SC Craft Brewers Guild and co-owner of Holy City Brewing Company.
“We’ve gone from being one of the worst states for craft beer to being one of the best,” said Wesley Donehue of Frothy Beard Brewing. “If this trend continues, South Carolina will be one of the best states on the east coast for craft beer. We’ll bring in more tourists and create even more jobs. Let’s continue the march forward.”