About Craft Beer Week
South Carolina has taken an interest in craft beer. In the past four years, former governor Nikki Haley signed two bills giving birth to The Pint Law and The Stone Law creating more opportunity for current and future breweries in the state. Presently, the craft beer industry is a $455M industry statewide and directly responsible for about 4,000 jobs. South Carolina breweries annually produce approximately 80,000 barrels (about 2.5 million gallons) of beer with over half of that production deriving from Upstate breweries. At this moment, the Upstate is home to seven breweries/brewpubs with at least 4 breweries in planning, along with dozens of bottle shops and growler fill stations currently in the marketplace.
Greenville Craft Beer Week was started to embrace the Upstate's enthusiasm over craft beer with a focus on local and regionally based breweries. Our 2014 inaugural year consisted of 20+ beer-centric events hosted at breweries, restaurants, home brew shops, and bottle shops. The seven days included beer dinners, a home brewing competition, food pairings, new beer releases, etc and the week capped off with The Community Tap Beer Festival featuring over 40 breweries, many of which were based in South Carolina. The 2014 event was considered a successful first year. We continue to be excited with how the week has grown, and can't wait to see where the Greenville craft beer scene heads next!
As we look forward to Greenville Craft Beer Week 2017 (April 23-29), our goal is to expand the type of events offered and include surrounding areas in the week's events. Keep checking back as we update our events and sponsors lists. We can't wait to see you out at one of the events!