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Beer brewing expands in Charleston County

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CHARLESTON COUNTY, SC (WCSC) -

Charleston County officials say the industry is taking off around the country and in our own backyard.

"There are more breweries in the United States today than there ever has been," says Dan Pennick, the director of zoning and planning for Charleston County.

"When they look up north, North Carolina, and they have over 90 breweries in the state,” says longtime brewer Joey Siconolfi. “It's definitely good business."

Siconolfi is co-owner of Frothy Beard Brewing Company. The nanobrewery, which is smaller than a microbrewery, is tucked away on the industrial Peppermill Parkway in North Charleston.

"We're pretty small. We only make a barrel-and-a-half per batch with an aim to grow to a microbrewery in the future."

Siconolfi says the new law will push them to expand into a microbrewery. According to Pennick, the law will open up some community-commercial areas for the growing beer brewing industry.

"What we're trying to do is accommodate the really small microbrewery, which the state law doesn't define. We're defining it and saying this could be accommodated in a commercial setting if it meets certain requirements, and you can do it in an industrial setting as well."

While the law paves the way for brewing businesses, Siconolfi says it encourages hiring and spending locally.

"We were the fifth brewery to open and since there has been two more. By the end of the year, it's looking to be about ten, just in the Charleston area."

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