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A bill that would finally legalize beer tastings in South Carolina, up for a unanimous consent vote yesterday, was foiled by one vote from Rep. Kenneth Kennedy from Williamsburg County.
Read more stories on this subject in our beer topic page.The bill would finally allow you to go to local breweries for a beer tasting.
The South Carolina Brewers Association wants craft beer to be awarded the same treatment as wine for the purposes of commerce, small business growth, and tax revenue.
The South Carolina Brewers Association has sent out a call to action to all South Carolina brewers to 'educate' Kennedy by sending him e-mails and contacting his office in support of the tasting bill.
To give Rep. Kennedy your two cents, here is his contact information:
Representative Kenneth Kennedy
District 101 - Williamsburg Co.
(H) 140 Society St., Greeleyville, 29056
Bus. (843) 426-2259 Home (843) 426-2492
(C) 328B Blatt Bldg., Columbia, 29201
Bus. (803) 734-2986 Home (803) 252-2000
E-Mail Address: KK@schouse.org
The stalled bill is in the S.C. House, the Senate version of the bill is still moving.
Update May 14: Jaime Tenney, of Cost Brewing Company, has penned an opinion piece in response.