Bill would allow people to sample beer

COLUMBIA, SC (AP) - Microbrewery owners in South Carolina say a bill allowing people to sample their beer on site will increase their sales while boosting tourism.

A House Judiciary subcommittee on Wednesday approved measures to allow microbreweries and specialty retail stores to offer limited beer samplings. State law already allows wine and liquor samplings.

South Carolina Brewer's Association president Jaime Tenny says she wants South Carolina to be a travel destination for beer connoisseurs, much like wine enthusiasts trek to Napa Valley. Tenny is also co-owner of COAST Brewing Co. in North Charleston.

The bill would require microbreweries to include tours with their samplings, and they could then sell a limited amount.

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