Who doesn’t love a good White Claw? If you somehow missed the summer of 2019 where White Claws seemingly took the world by storm, let us catch you up. White Claw Hard Seltzers are a popular spiked seltzer which come in a variety of flavors. You can check out the impressive making ofthe Claw + its success here. White Claw’s success is largely responsible for the massive growth in the hard seltzer industry. So, why are we talking to you about White Claws? Other than clearly being our state’s hard seltzer of choice…
…on Tuesday evening, Gov. Henry McMaster’s office announced that Mark Anthony Brewing will develop a $400 million, 1 million+ sq. ft. brewing facility in Richland County in the Pineview Industrial Park(off of Shop Road). That’s some big bucks for our state. Right now, the only two other Mark Anthony Brewing manufacturing sites are in Glendale, AZ and Hillside, NJ.
The timeline for the project is short – construction on the brewery will begin almost immediately + is expected to be complete – with the brewery fully operational – by summer 2021.
So, aside from being a White Claw connoisseur, why should you care? The investment, which will create 300 jobs in the Midlands, is one of the largest in Richland County’s history. Investments like this one helpmaintain and grow the local economy and, upon the business’ success, generate increased tax revenue, which in turn benefits projects and needs within the community. According to the governor’s release, the county was awarded a $4.6 million Set-Aside grant + a $1.5 million LocateSC grant. Read more about those here.
Interested in working at the new brewery when it opens? Find information on employment opportunities here.
We want to know – what’s your favorite flavor of White Claw? Need some help deciding? Here’s Food Network’s unofficial “official”rating.
Weather ○ 76º | Thunderstorms | 100%chance of rain
Development ○ Yesterday, Allen University received a $1.5 million contribution from Boeing to assist with the Good Samaritan Waverly Hospital project, which broke ground on Allen University’s campus in January. The hospital, which was originally built in 1950, will host civility classes + house the school of education once the project is complete. (WLTX)
City ○ Earlier this week, Columbia City Councilvoted against a proposed 90-unit townhome development near the Jim Hamilton-L.B. Owens Airport due to concerns over aviation safety and the plan’s proximity to the runway. Council members also addressed the desire to maintain the “light industrial” zoning, which would have been rezoned to residential. (The State)
State ○ Although COVID-19 has reduced the state’s projected budget, lawmakersare still expected to have approx. $1.2 billion to use in January. Earlier this week, a projected budget was released, which shows a growth rate of 1.7% for the general fund. Read more about the forecasted state budget here. (The State)
WaterCooler ○ Yesterday, Gamecock men’s basketball’s nonconference schedulewas released. The team’s season will kick off on Nov. 28 at the Hall of Fame Classic in Kansas City + they will play their first home game on Dec. 10 against Wofford. Check out the full nonconference schedule here. (WIS)
Biz ○ Four additional Columbia and Cayce-area Bi-Lo locations will soon switch to Food Lion, including the Devine Street and Knox Abbott Drive stores. The stores will continue to operate as Bi-Lo until early 2021. The deal was announced yesterday as part of a 62 store acquisition across NC, SC and GA. (Post and Courier)
Edu ○ Eddie’s Study Studio, a new study program at EdVenture Children’s Museum for elementary-age students in virtual learning, will begin on Monday, Nov. 16. The program will give students a classroom environment and allow parents to drop students off during the day(with after-school care available as well). Register here. (Cola Daily)
Announced ○ The National Parks Serviceannounced that beginning Nov. 11, U.S. military veterans + Gold Star Families will be granted free lifetime access to all of the park service’s parks + recreation areas. Learn more here. (WCSC)
Travel ○ ICYMI, low-cost airline Silver Airwayswill begin service out of Columbia Metropolitan Airport (CAE) on December 17, offering 2 nonstop flights per week to Tampa, Fort Lauderdale and Orlando for as low as $49. Silver Airways is CAE’s fourth airline partner, after Delta, American and United. 🛫 Ⓟ
DYK ○ Copper is anatural germ-killing material that can reduce the spread of infection. Even before COVID-19, Lexington Medical Center knew it was a good idea to invest in copper coating in its newest patient care tower (and they were even featured on Radiolab for it). Learn more.Ⓟ
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TryThis ○ Latin Night | Thurs., Nov. 12 | 12-3 a.m. | The Joint at 1710 Main | Free | Join DJ Angel for live Salsa, Latin Jazz, Merengue + Salsa lessons. 💃
Dish ○ Veuve Clicquot Wine Dinner | Thurs., Nov. 12 | 6:30-9 p.m. | Ruth’s Chris Steak House | $125 | Indulge in a multiple course dinner paired with sparkling selections. 🍾
FeaturedEvents ○ Pups’n Pints + Golden Girl Trivia| Thurs., Nov. 12 | 6-9 p.m. | The Main Course | Free | In collaboration with River Rat Brewery, if you’re a Golden Girls fan, bring your A-game. 🍺Ⓟ ○ Digital Diwali | Thurs., Nov. 12 | 6-9 p.m. | Virtual | Free | Celebrate India’s festival of lights with bollywood dancing, Indian cooking demos, crafts + art. 🇮🇳 Ⓟ ○ Vegan Harvest Dinner | Thurs., Nov. 12 | 6-9 p.m. | The Main Course, 1614 Main Street | $50 | Chef James Scott will prepare a specialty vegan dinner for attendees at Goodlife Cafe. View the delicious menu in advance here. 🥕Ⓟ
Disclaimer: It is up to readers’ discretion to determine whether they feel comfortable participating in any mentioned events based on COVID-19 protocols and precautions. If you have questions, please contact the event’s organizers directly.