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​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​ South Carolina Department of Revenue
Alcohol Beverage Licensing
PO Box 125
Columbia, SC 29214-0907

Phone: 803-898-5864

Report alcohol-related violations:

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Brewery ​Permit (PWY)

The Brewery Permit authorizes the manufacturing or brewing of beers, ales, porters, or other similar malt beverages. This permit also authorizes the sale and on-premises consumption of beverages brewed at the licensed location to consumers at the same location where they are produced if the sales are made in conjunction with a brewery tour.

License renewal

The Brewery Permit must be renewed every two years. The renewal date is based on the county in which your business operates, not the date when you applied for or received your license. ​ Learn more about the renewal schedule​.

​​ ​This license does NOT authorize:
  • ​The sale or consumption of wine or liquor
  • The distribution and sale of wine or liquor to retail locations
  • The sale or consumption of beer not produced at the licensed location
  • Curbside sales or pickup of beer, wine, or liquor
  • Drive-through sales or pickup of beer, wine, or liquor
  • Delivery of beer to purchasers

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​Application requirements and instructions​

First, it's important for you to review the general ABL applicant requirements listed on the ABL license directory page.

When you’re ready to apply, we recommend submitting your application using our free online tax portal, MyDORWAY. It’s faster and easier than completing a paper application, and you don’t have to worry about mail proc​essing or making a trip to one of our offices.​

  • Non-refundable filing fee: $300 (Due at the time your application is submitted)
  • License fee: $400 (Due every two years with license renewal)
    • ​You must pay a prorated amount of the license fee after your Brewery Permit application has been approved by the SCDOR.

License requirements ​​
  • You must first have a valid South Carolina Retail License. If you have not yet applied for a Retail License, get started here.
  • You must submit a completed Application for Brewery, Winery, Liquor Manufacturer and Beer, Wine, and/or Liquor Wholesaler​ (ABL-902)​, including all supplemental forms. See Required Forms below for more information. We recommend applying on MyDORWAY, but if submitting a paper copy of the application, make sure it’s signed and dated. 
  • You must have an advertisement run in an approved newspaper that notifies the public that you have applied for an alcohol license. See Required Signs & Notices​ below for more information. 
  • You are required to maintain functioning, sanitary restrooms available for patrons of your business during all hours of operation. 
  • You must submit a copy of the lease, deed, writing from a local municipality, or enforceable written contract that grants you the right to use and control the licensed premises. This document must designate the specific area of the premises that will be licensed. In addition, you may supplement this document by submitting a copy of the ABL Lease Supplemental Information form (ABL-977). 
  • No person may have direct or indirect ownership, influence, or financial interest in more than one of the following entities: a manufacturer, a distributor, or a retailer of beer or wine.

Frequently asked questions

Review the FAQs below for answers to frequently asked questions about the Brewery Permit. Our Beer & Wine and ​Operating an ABL Business​​ pages ​have ​additional helpful information.​

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Related SC Code of Laws

  • SC Code Section 61-4-940 – Outlines three tier requirements
  • SC Code Section 61-4-1​300 – Outlines territorial agreements
  • SC Code Section 61-4-1515 – Outlines breweries, including the separation of the sales, service, consumption, and brewing processes and liquor liability insurance requirements​​​​
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