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Tapping into billions: state by state breakdown of beer business

HORRY COUNTY, SC (WMBF) – Hundreds of brewers are tapping into the billion-dollar beer industry in the Palmetto State. 

If you’ve ever had the opportunity to tour New South Brewing, chances are you’ve heard how the Grand Strand’s first micro-brewery cans every single six pack by hand. Those cans have a hand in the two billion dollar beer industry here in South Carolina.

That’s according to the Beer Institute which looks at the beer industry’s total economic impact in the United States. It breaks it down pint by pint and state by state.

Beer brews up a total $2,321,337,600 according to the study, and hops up 21,224 jobs. That pours $504,919,000 into the total tax contribution.

The growth isn’t slowing down either. Local businesses are expanding on the ever-expanding beer industry. Just this past weekend, The Homebrewer’s Pantry in Conway opened its Bottle Shop.

As the only homebrew shop in the area,the owner believes the new bottle shop is filling another void in the local brewing business.

“It was one reason we decided to open up The Bottle Shop, there wasn’t one around. We’re one of the only places where you can drink and beer and buy it to go home,” explained Thomas Lucas, the owner of The Homebrewer’s Pantry.

Typically, when you think of the beer industry you don’t think of South Carolina. However, local brewers believe certain changes could change that image.

“[The beer industry in South Carolina] is changing in many ways. More breweries are popping up, laws in this state are more in favor of the small brewer,” said David Epstein, the co-owner of New South Brewing.

Epstein pointed out the evolving laws allow local breweries to do more. By selling beer within the brewery walls, adding tours, and selling retail, he was able to create more jobs.

Lucas also attributes the boom in beer business to the craft beer craze, as craft beer drinkers are more willing to spend more money per pint. 

For the full report from the Beer Institute, check out this link: http://www.beerinstitute.org/embeds/at-a-glance-map 

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