Anheuser-Busch Interferes With “Stone Bill” In South Carolina
Earlier this year, The Full Pint reported that Stone Brewing Co. is looking to expand to the Eastern United States. They put out an RFP outlining criteria a city, state and property owner would have to meet in order for Stone to entertain the offer. Many East Coast states salivated over the thought of having the craft beer power house in their neck of the woods. South Carolina went as far as writing up new proposed legislation that would accommodate the luxuries we take for granted here in California: growler fills, keg sales, etc straight from the source.
Not at all surprising, a South Carolina beer blog Drink, Blog, Repeat posted that AB-In Bev has already got the wheels turning on doing what they can to stop citizens of South Carolina from reforming the state alcohol laws to accommodate a place like Stone Brewing World Bistro & Gardens. Wonderful right? No. Here’s an excerpt to the post from Drink, Blog, Repeat.
In news that’s not at all surprising, Anheuser-Busch has begun a heavy push against the so-called Stone Bill, writing a letter to state senators and urging them to strike down the amendment aimed at creating more jobs and expanding the state’s craft beer industry.
In a letter sent to South Carolina senators, Attorney Amanda K. Wuenscher of Columbia-based Mike Daniel & Associates argues a myriad of issues against the legislation, including that its passage “erodes the current three tier system for alcohol distribution,” would give an unfair advantage to small brewpubs and breweries and was written too hastily and flippantly to be taken seriously.
Read the entire article here: http://drinkblogrepeat.com/2014/05/19/anheuser-busch-begins-push-against-stone-bill/