Stone Brewing Company had said it was considering locations in Charleston, Greenville, Lexington, and Myrtle Beach — among sites in other states. The $31 million craft brewery would have been South Carolina’s largest, by far.
The Charleston Post & Courier confirmed the news from state Commerce Department officials on Monday.
“We considered a number of great locations in South Carolina, but after careful review and evaluation, we narrowed the candidates to locations that we feel better fit our needs and requirements,” company spokeswoman Sabrina LoPiccolo told the paper. “Stone Brewing Co. would like to express our gratitude for the significant efforts put forth (during) our search. We truly appreciate the time and resources that went towards our project.”
State lawmakers had lobbied hard to get Stone, even loosening South Carolina’s alcohol laws to make the state more appealing for brewers. Previously, state law restricted how breweries could distribute beer to stores. Restaurants could brew no more than 2,000 barrels per year in sales. In May, legislators eliminated those restrictions and allowed breweries to manufacture up to 500,000 barrels per year. For perspective, South Carolina’s largest breweries currently distribute only about three percent of that amount.
The company did not say which locations were finalists.