S.C. breweries can sell beer directly to customers and drinkers can buy alcohol on Election Day under a bill passed by the General Assembly on Wednesday.
But the state moved closer to a one-year ban on powdered alcohol sales.
The House and Senate overwhelmingly approved a compromise aimed at attracting a California-based Stone Brewing, which wants to open a brewery on the East Coast that possibly includes a restaurant.
Lexington, Myrtle Beach, Charleston and Greenville have made pitches for the brewery. State economic-development officials visited the company this week.
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Stone has not decided on a state to open an East Coast brewery.
"While we applaud the legislation in South Carolina and any like it, this necessary element is but one of many factored into our decision making laid out in our request for proposal," Stone spokeswoman Sabrina LoPiccolo said.
Once Gov. Nikki Haley signs the brewery bill, South Carolina will no longer remain the only state banning alcohol sales on Election Day.
The bill formally bans alcohol sales on Christmas Day, though most liquor stores are not open on the holiday.
In a separate bill, lawmakers have tried to ban powdered alcohol sales though some senators objected because they did not want restrict a business. Federal regulators have not approved powered alcohol, but bill sponsors of the state bill want to avoid any problems before sales begin.
Senate Judiciary Committee chairman Larry Martin, R-Pickens, agreed to limiting the ban to one year to end the objections.
The bill passed unanimously.
The temporary ban was added to a bill that already passed the House allowing restaurants to sell alcohol near playgrounds and churches with agreements from playground and church operators. Current laws prevent issuing alcohol licenses within certain distances from schools, playgrounds and churches.