Brewery membership is available to a brewery that meets the Brewers Association's definition of an American craft brewer and produces beer at a facility that it owns within South Carolina.
Who is eligible to be a brewery-in-planning member?
Brewery-in-Planning membership is available to anyone who wants to start a brewery or brewpub within South Carolina and intends to meet the Brewers Association's definition of an American craft brewer upon opening.
What services and benefits does the Guild provide to breweries and breweries-in-planning?
The South Carolina Brewers Guild is a 501(c)(6) nonprofit organization who works on behalf of South Carolina’s breweries and brewpubs. While our efforts work to promote and protect their interests, the Guild also works to grow a cohesive craft beer industry in South Carolina through relationships, education, and advocacy.
So you’re asking yourself, ‘why should I join the South Carolina Brewer’s Guild?’ Let’s start by saying, it’s a group of breweries and breweries-in-planning across South Carolina working towards a shared vision. That vision is to make owning a brewery not only fun and fulfilling, but profitable, safe, and easier to navigate.
Our big event of the year is the annual Conference & Trade Show. The event puts vendors from all facets of the brewing industry in one location for you to meet and greet, strike new deals and even just visit with the folks you already have working relationships with. There is a day full of educational seminars on a wide variety of topics from the latest technology to business development to quality control. Guild members receive a discounted rate to attend the Trade Show and take advantage of this awesome opportunity.
In 2019, we introduced the South Carolina Beer Awards. Each brewery can enter up to eight beers in the competition, stacking up the best in the state across 40 style categories. But in order to enter the competition, a brewery must be a Guild member.
Quarterly happy hours are our way of getting members together to update everyone on Guild matters, provide more educational opportunities as well as enjoy the camaraderie amongst brewers and staff.
Guild members are listed on the scbeer.org website with information on location and hours, giving the public access to more information on how to find your brewery.
Another reason to join the Guild is to have your voice heard on matters that are important to you and your brewery. The Guild has led the charge since 2005 on changing legislation benefitting brewers across the state. The Guild continues to push forward on the legislative front, but it requires funding and activism from our members. The dues paid to the Guild help to fund these efforts year after year.