As of March 18, 2020, by order of Governor McMaster, all alcohol businesses with an on-premises component, including breweries and brewpubs, must remain closed. Only to-go sales will be permitted from those operations. Production activities may continue. This order is in effect until the end of March.
Additionally, many municipalities (both city and county) are passing similar ordinances to be in line with the Governor's Order in terms of alcohol-related businesses and public gathering numbers.
The Guild will defer all dues payments from members for 6-8 weeks.
The quarterly happy hour will be rescheduled.
We are going to urge the Governor to take the following actions related to breweries and brewpubs:
A direct ask from the Governor for breweries and brewpubs to allow curbside pick-up/drive-thru of packaged beer and to allow delivery of packaged beer to homes and apartments for a temporary period.
A direct ask from the Governor for a temporary suspension on the 288 ounce limit on to-go sales.
A temporary moratorium on all excise, retail, and payroll taxes.
A temporary moratorium on commercial lease evictions for failure to pay rent.
A temporary waiver on the waiting period for claiming unemployment benefits for impacted employees.
Making available no-interest loans to those who have seen a dramatic decrease in business.
Eliminating penalties for late payment of business and property taxes.
March 31, 2020 - South Carolina Executive Order closing Non-Essential Businesses. Executive Order.
March 28, 2020 - South Carolina Executive Order extending Closures. Executive Order.
March 23, 2020 - South Carolina Brewers Guild Asks Governor McMaster for Identification of Brewery Employees as Critical Infrastructure Workers. Letter to Governor McMaster.
March 21, 2020 - South Carolina Executive Order on Alcohol Pickup & Curb-Side Service. Executive Order.