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The SCDOR requires special
licensing for the following groups:
The information below will show you how to stay ABL compliant if you fall into one of the groups above.
If your business manufactures food products containing alcohol, the SCDOR requires you to have the following licenses depending on your operations:
Only nonprofit organizations can have liquor at special events. No other entity types may have liquor at a special event.
You can apply for a Special Event license on MyDORWAY. The person or entity who is receiving the profits or proceeds from the special event should be the one to apply for a Special Event license - even if those profits are only donations or entry fees.
SC law considers the sale of an alcoholic beverage (beer, wine, and liquor) to have taken place when any of the following occurs at an event that is providing alcoholic beverages:
Example:A wedding reception where beer, wine, or liquor is being consumed is an example of an unlicensed social function. A bartender, caterer, or event hall may NOT provide the beer, wine, or liquor for this type of event to be considered an unlicensed social function.
Operating an ABL Business page has more information on Sunday sales (in authorized counties and municipalities), hours of operation, required signage, legal ages for serving, and more.
On-Premises Beer/Wine Permit locations are prohibited by SC Code Section
61-4-160 to hold tastings unless it is done:
Off-Premises Beer/Wine Permit locations are prohibited by the restriction on the permit prohibiting on premises consumption of beer or wine. Notwithstanding, a location holding an off premises beer and wine permit whose primary product is beer or wine may conduct not more than 24 beer tastings in a calendar quarter. SC Code Section
61-4-960. To be permissible, the permit holder is required to:
Brewery Permit (“PWY”) holders located in South Carolina are authorized to offer samples of beer brewed in this state on its licensed premises, with or without cost, to consumers. SC Code Section
61-4-1515. To be permissible, the permit holder must:
Off-Premises Beer/Wine Permit locations, whose primary product is beer, wine, and distilled spirits, may conduct not more than 24 wine tastings per quarter (wholesalers may only conduct two of these).
On-Premises Beer/Wine Permit holders are prohibited from holding wine tastings unless it is done:
Winery Permit (“PWY”) locations that are located in South Carolina are authorized to offer wine tasting samples to prospective customers on its licensed premises, with or without cost, provided the wine contains an alcoholic content of 16.5% or less.
Wine containing 16.5% or less alcohol:
Wine containing over 16% alcohol and alcoholic liquors:
(A) Notwithstanding any other provision of law, rule, or regulation to the contrary, the holder of a valid winery license that, on or after January 1, 2021, invests four hundred million dollars in this State in a Tier III or Tier IV county, as designated by the Department of Revenue pursuant to SC Code Section
12-6-3360(B), at the time of the public announcement of the project or upon reaching such investment and job requirement thresholds, and creates at least three hundred new jobs in this State, is eligible for a manufacturer's satellite certificate to establish up to three wholly owned satellite locations for tasting and sale of wine produced or imported as the primary American source of supply. See SC Code Section
61-4-748.SC Code Sections
An out-of-state wine manufacturer may have up to 24 bottles of wine shipped directly to a consumer per month, provided certain conditions are met:
Standard kombucha (commonly known as "fermented tea") is not subject to regulation by the SCDOR. SC Code Section
61-4-10 defines what beverages are regulated as beer and wine as the following:
Standard kombucha is not subject to regulation under Title 61 Chapter 4 since it is a bacterially fermented tea and not a beer, ale, porter, or “similar malt or fermented beverage.” It is a type of tea with a specific process for fermentation that is different from that of beer and does not feature barley, hops, or malt. Kombucha is uniquely fermented with a bacteria and yeast colony that produces acetic acid and a low alcoholic content most similar to the composition of vinegar. It is also not a wine or cider because it is not fermented from fruit or berries.
The South Carolina Department of Agriculture (SCDA) currently regulates kombucha tea manufactured for wholesale distribution under the authority of the South Carolina Food and Cosmetic Act. As part of its regulation, SCDA ensures that kombucha is properly labeled according to food safety laws and regulations and that it is manufactured and marketed under safe and sanitary conditions through routine inspections. For all kombucha, SCDA requires an initial alcohol analysis as part of the business registration process.
The SCDOR regulates nonstandard kombucha. The SCDOR determines whether individual brands or products should be regulated by assessing (1) the product’s method/process of production outlined by the manufacturer; (2) the product’s name, TTB classification, and advertised ABV%; (3) the target consumer market for the product; and (4) the nature of the manufacturer’s business, including whether the manufacturer sells other products that require a license or permit from the Department. Standard kombucha is not subject to regulation by the Department.
SC Code of Laws Title 61, Chapter 4 – Beer, Ale, Porter, and Wine makes no mention of hard cider but does provide some guidance of what types of beverages are regulated as beer and wine in SC Code Section
61-4-10 as follows:
With the limited guidance provided in Title 61, Chapter 4, the SCDOR looks to the U.S. Department of the Treasury, Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB) for guidance. The TTB classifies and regulates hard cider as a wine. Hard cider and other wines are made from fermented fruit; apples or pears for hard cider, grapes or other fruits for other wines. Although similar in alcohol volume to hard cider, beer is distinctly different in that it is made from malt or ingredients other than fruit.
SC Code of Laws Title 61, Chapter 4 – Beer, Ale, Porter, and Wine makes no mention of mead but does provide some guidance of what types of beverages are regulated as beer and wine in SC Code Section
61-4-10 as follows:
Subsection 3 above does not provide a definition of wine or state what ingredients make up wine. However, SC Code Section
61-4-120(B) states “…wine is produced using grapes…” and SC Code Section
“…juice from fruit and berries…” for describing the wine a winery is permitted to produce and sell.