South Carolina General Assembly
123rd Session, 2019-2020

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S. 165

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General Bill
Sponsors: Senator Bennett
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Introduced in the Senate on January 8, 2019
Currently residing in the Senate Committee on Judiciary

Summary: Beer for on and off-premises consumption

HISTORY OF LEGISLATIVE ACTIONS

     Date      Body   Action Description with journal page number
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  12/12/2018  Senate  Prefiled
  12/12/2018  Senate  Referred to Committee on Judiciary
    1/8/2019  Senate  Introduced and read first time (Senate Journal-page 117)
    1/8/2019  Senate  Referred to Committee on Judiciary 
                        (Senate Journal-page 117)
    3/6/2019  Senate  Referred to Subcommittee: Turner (ch), Hutto, 
                        M.B.Matthews, Goldfinch, Talley

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VERSIONS OF THIS BILL

12/12/2018

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A BILL

TO AMEND SECTION 61-4-1515 OF THE 1976 CODE, RELATING TO SALES OF BEER FOR ON AND OFF-PREMISES CONSUMPTION, TO PROVIDE FOR THE ABILITY OF LICENSED BREWERIES TO ACQUIRE ADDITIONAL ON-PREMISES BEER AND WINE PERMITS IN THIS STATE, AND TO PROVIDE CONDITIONS.

Be it enacted by the General Assembly of the State of South Carolina:

SECTION    1.    Section 61-4-1515 of the 1976 Code is amended to read:

"Section 61-4-1515.    (A)    A brewery permitted in this State is authorized to sell beer to consumers on its permitted premises, provided that the beer is brewed on the permitted premises with an alcoholic content of twelve percent by weight, or less, subject to the following conditions:

(1)    sales to consumers must be held in conjunction with a tour by the consumer of the permitted premises and the entire brewing process utilized at the permitted premises;

(2)    sales shall not be offered or made to, or allowed to be offered, made to, or consumed by an intoxicated person or a person who is under the age of twenty-one;

(3)(a)    no more than a total of forty-eight ounces of beer brewed at the permitted premises shall be sold to a consumer for on-premises consumption within a twenty-four hour period; and

(b)    of that forty-eight ounces of beer available to be sold to a consumer within a twenty-four hour period, no more than sixteen ounces of beer with an alcoholic weight of above eight percent, including any samples offered and consumed with or without cost, shall be sold to a consumer for on-premises consumption within a twenty-four hour period;

(4)    a brewery must develop and use a system to monitor the amounts and types of beer sampled or sold to a consumer for on-premises consumption;

(5)    a brewery must sell the beer at the permitted premises at a price approximating retail prices generally charged for identical beverages in the county where the permitted premises are located;

(6)    a brewery must remit appropriate taxes to the Department of Revenue for beer sales in an amount equal to and in a manner required for excise taxes assessed by the department. A brewery also must remit appropriate sales and use taxes and local hospitality taxes;

(7)(a)    a brewery must post information that states the alcoholic content by weight of the various types of beer available in the brewery and the penalties for convictions for:

(a)(i)    driving under the influence;

(b)(ii)    unlawful transport of an alcoholic container; and

(c)(iii)    unlawful transfer of alcohol to minors.; and

(b)    And, the the information shall be in signage that must be posted at each entrance, each exit, and in places in a brewery seen during a tour;

(8)    a brewery must provide department or DAODAS approved alcohol enforcement training for the employees who serve beer on the permitted premises to consumers for on-premises consumption, so as to prevent and prohibit unlawful sales, transfer, transport, or consumption of beer by persons who are under the age of twenty-one or who are intoxicated; and

(9)    a brewery must maintain a liquor liability insurance policy or a general liability insurance policy with a liquor liability endorsement in the amount of at least one million dollars for the biennial period for which it is permitted. Within ten days of receiving its biennial permit, a brewery must send proof of this insurance to the State Law Enforcement Division and to the Department of Revenue, where the proof of insurance information shall be retained with the department's alcohol beverage licensing section.

(B)(1)    In addition to the sales provisions set forth in subsection (A), a brewery permitted in this State is authorized to sell beer produced on its permitted premises to consumers on site for on-premises consumption within an area of its permitted and licensed premises approved by the rules and regulations of the Department of Health and Environmental Control governing eating and drinking establishments and other food service establishments. These establishments also may apply for a retail on-premises consumption permit for the sale of beer and wine not produced on the licensed premises that has been purchased from a wholesaler through the three-tier distribution chain set forth in Section 61-4-735 and Section 61-4-940.

(2)    In addition to a retail on-premises consumption permit for the sale of beer and wine as authorized in this subsection, a brewery that has a Department of Health and Environmental Control approved and licensed food establishment on its premises as provided in subsection (B)(1) may apply for a license to sell alcoholic liquor by the drink for on-premises consumption within a specified area of its licensed or permitted premises physically partitioned from the brewing operation and designated for the purpose of engaging substantially and primarily in the preparation and serving of meals. The brewery must:

(a)    maintain compliance with all provisions of Section 61-6-1610 and all other provisions of Chapter 6 regulating the purchase and sale by food establishments of alcoholic liquor by the drink for on-premises consumption not inconsistent with other provisions of this section;

(b)    not sell or allow the consumption of alcoholic liquor by the drink on that part of the brewery's premises designated and permitted for the brewing operation;

(c)    maintain the books, records, and bank accounts of the restaurant operation separately from the books, records, and bank accounts of the brewing operation, and allocate expenses common to both operations in a manner the brewery considers reasonable, when applicable; and

(d)    maintain a physical partition between the brewing and food establishment operations. The physical partition may be a permanent wall or a divider permanently affixed to the premises in a manner that the general public may not freely enter the brewing operation, and may contain a door or doors which remain locked during hours when the brewery is not in operation.

(C)    Notwithstanding any other provisions contained in this chapter, a brewery permitted pursuant to subsection (B)(1) shall be eligible to apply for up to two additional retail on-premises consumption permits for the sale of beer and wine at separate locations not licensed for brewing purposes. For beer and wine sold at such an establishment that is not produced by the brewery on one of its licensed premises, the establishment must purchase such beer and wine from a wholesaler through the three-tier distribution chain set forth in Section 61-4-735 and Section 61-4-940. For beer produced by the brewery on one of its licensed premises in this State, the establishment may accept its own transfer of beer from said licensed brewery location subject to the following conditions:

(1)    the establishment shall submit an application for a permit, which must be in writing in a form the department prescribes;

(2)    the beer must not be sold to anyone holding a retail beer and wine license for the purpose of resale in his establishment;

(3)    the provisions of Section 61-4-200 and Section 61-4-735 shall not apply;

(4)    the establishment must sell the beer at the permitted premises at a price approximating retail prices generally charged for identical beverages in the county where the permitted premises are located;

(5)    the establishment must comply with all state and local laws concerning hours of operation applicable to permits to sell beer and wine for on-premises consumption;

(6)    the establishment must comply with the discount pricing provisions of Section 61-4-160, applicable to persons holding permits to sell beer and wine for on-premises consumption;

(7)    a wholesaler must not provide and the establishment must not accept services, equipment, fixtures, or free beer prohibited by Section 61-4-940(B), except those items authorized by Section 61-4-940(C);

(8)    the establishment must provide approved alcohol enforcement training for employees who serve beer and wine on the permitted premises to consumers for on-premises consumption to prevent and prohibit the unlawful sale, transfer, transport, or consumption of beer by persons who are under the age of twenty-one or who are intoxicated; and

(9)    the establishment must maintain a liquor liability insurance policy or a general liability insurance policy with a liquor liability endorsement in the amount of at least one million dollars for the biennial period for which it is permitted.

(C)(D)    The department shall terminate and a brewery shall surrender each permit and license issued to the brewery pursuant to subsection (B) immediately following inspection, determination, and report by the division to the department that brewing operations have ceased on the brewery's permitted premises. This includes the food establishment permits and licenses. Following reinstitution of brewing operations on the formerly permitted premises, a brewery may re-apply for the applicable permits and licenses authorized by subsection (B).

(D)(E)    The sale of beer that is brewed on the licensed premises for on-premises consumption pursuant to subsection (B) must comply with the following provisions:

(1)    all provisions of subsection (A) shall apply to sales under subsection (B) and this subsection, except subsection (A)(1), (3), and (4);

(2)    the brewery must comply with all state and local laws concerning hours of operation applicable to eating and drinking establishments and other food service establishments holding permits to sell beer and wine for on-premises consumption;

(3)    the brewery must comply with the discount pricing provisions of Section 61-4-160, applicable to persons holding permits to sell beer and wine for on-premises consumption;

(4)    the brewery must sell the beer at a price approximating retail prices generally charged for identical beverages by on-premises retailers in the county where the licensed premises are located; and

(5)    a wholesaler must not provide and a brewery must not accept services, equipment, fixtures, or free beer prohibited by Section 61-4-940(B), except those items authorized by Section 61-4-940(C). Changes to the brewery laws pursuant to subsection (B) and this subsection do not alter or amend the structure of the three-tier laws of this State, and the wholesalers and the breweries must not discriminate in pricing at the producer or wholesaler levels.

(E)(F)    A brewery located in this State is authorized to sell beer on its permitted premises for off-premises consumption, provided that the sealed beer was brewed on the brewery's permitted premises with an alcohol content of fourteen percent by weight or less, subject to the following conditions:

(1)    the maximum amount of beer that may be sold to an individual per day for off-premises consumption shall be equivalent to two hundred eighty-eight ounces in total;

(2)    the beer only shall be sold in conjunction with a tour by the consumer of the permitted premises and the entire brewing process utilized at the permitted premises;

(3)    the beer sold is for personal use only and must not be resold;

(4)    the beer must not be sold to anyone holding a retail beer and wine license for the purpose of resale in their establishment;

(5)    the brewery must sell the beer at the permitted premises at a price approximating retail prices generally charged for identical beverages in the county where the permitted premises are located; and

(6)    the brewery must remit taxes to the Department of Revenue for beer sales in an amount equal to and in a manner required for taxes assessed by Section 12-21-1020 and Section 12-21-1030. The brewery also must remit appropriate sales and use taxes and local hospitality taxes.

(F)(G)    A brewpub permitted pursuant to Article 17, which is a retailer for purposes of Sections 61-4-735(D) and 61-4-940(D), may make application to the department for a brewery permit and the permits and licenses authorized pursuant to subsection (B) for the brewpub's existing permitted premises. For these applications, the department shall waive newspaper notice and sign posting requirements, except the requirements shall not be waived for an alcoholic liquor by the drink application if the brewpub does not possess this license at the time of application. Excluding operations authorized pursuant to subsection (B), the department must not approve an application if the applicant or any principal or person acting directly or indirectly on behalf of the applicant would have ownership or financial interest in a wholesale or retail beer, wine, or alcoholic liquor operation following the issuance of the brewery permit. Contemporaneous with obtaining the brewery and applicable permits or licenses authorized pursuant to subsection (B), the applicant shall surrender the brewpub permit and the alcoholic liquor by the drink license previously issued for the premises.

(G)(H)    In addition to other applicable fines or penalties, a person permitted as a brewery in this State who violates the provisions of this section must be assessed a fine of five hundred dollars for a first violation. For a second violation that occurs within three years of the first violation, a person must be assessed an additional five hundred dollars. For subsequent violations within a three-year period, the department must suspend the brewery permit for a period of not less than thirty days. The revenue from the fines established in this section must be directed to the State Law Enforcement Division for supplementing funds required for the regulation and enforcement of this section."

SECTION    2.    This act takes effect upon approval by the Governor.

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