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Senate discusses law Tuesday that would allow breweries to sell more beer

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Before noon on Saturday and Coast Brewery in North Charleston is already hopping.

Owner Jaime Tenny said that's good for business but it's frustrating having many eager customers when she's not allowed to sell them much.

"We have to go over the rules because they're pretty restrictive and they're not normal," Tenny said she explains to customers about South Carolina's limit specifically on beer sold at breweries.

The 11 breweries in the state are only allowed to sell 16 ounces of beer per customer in four ounce glasses. Tenny and attorney Brook Bristow are working to get a new law passed that could allow 64 ounces of beer to be sold right from the tap.

"So people can come in and not just have a small couple tasters but they can actually hang out and enjoy what they like," Bristow said.

Which, Tenny said, is necessary to compete with neighboring states like North Carolina.

North Carolina is currently welcoming big beer brands like Sierra Nevada and New Belgium... business deals that Bristow said would never happen in the Palmetto state.

"North Carolina doesn't have a lot of restrictions as far as what you can drink at a brewery. We're under severe limits here and we're trying to compete with North Carolina, not only those people but also west coast breweries that want to expand their operations to the east coast," he said.

Charleston has five of the state's breweries. If this beer bill passes the Senate floor this week, Tenny said the Lowcountry will see more than extra ounces.

"It allows us to expand," she said, "people to help run that, more hours, more people coming in to educate on everything as far as flavors of beer, responsibility, it's just an overall great package."

The bill is up for discussion Tuesday by the Senate.

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