A columnist at the Greenville News in South Carolina is scratching his head and putting his musings onto paper as to why the Carolinas are out of the race for Stone Brewing’s newest installment east of the Mississippi. “The focus on Ohio ‘is a real question mark,’ because the only benefit would appear to be its well-known geographically central location,” the CEO of Greenville Area Development Corporation said. The column tries to fill in the blanks on why the lucrative company hasn’t chosen them, and apparently Ohio (with its blooming craft beer industry already existing) is a wild card. “Virginia I’m not surprised by,” a Greenville lawyer said. “They’ve really come on in recent years. When I think of edge and attitude, I don’t necessarily think of Ohio. Ohio is a little surprising.”
The bottom line, Columbus is still in the running for the brewery…and the Carolinas, well, aren’t.