Beer Sample Size Bill Passing Through Senate

5:59 PM, Apr 11, 2013   |    comments
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Columbia, SC (WLTX) - In taverns and homes around South Carolina, there's a craft beer boom on tap.

"I started a year ago and got this one gallon kit.  It's perfect for me because I'm not real sophisticated yet," said Nick McCormac.  "There's a lot of complexity and leeway for whatever you would want to do with any given kind of beer."

McCormac is talking on his blog "Drink. Blog. Repeat." about a bill in the Senate that would let you taste more on the craft beer scene.

If the bill passes, the sample quantity allowed would triple from 16 to 64 ounces when on a brewery tour.

Jeff Crilley, owner of Lexington's Keg Cowboy, says with the current rules, Columbia can't take part in the beer boom.

"We don't enjoy that right now because the sample sizes are so small relative to breweries in other parts of the country," said Crilley.  "The laws have been some what limiting on what breweries can do in their tours up to this point."

Opponents like the South Carolina Crime Victims Council and SLED believe larger sample sizes will impair drinkers beyond the legal limits and make it hard to enforce drinking laws.

Advocates agree safety is a priority but say the bill is an economic one that allows breweries to become tasting destinations.

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