About Us

South Carolina’s beer wholesalers operate in a unique regulatory environment that was established by the 21st Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, as well as the federal and state governments in the wake of the repeal of prohibition. Beer wholesalers occupy the middle tier of a three-tier system established for the distribution and sale of beer. This system was designed to insulate retailers from control by suppliers, encourage moderation in consumption, guarantee full collection of state and federal taxes and permit states to impose rules and regulations on the licensed beverage industry that reflect their own practices and beliefs. This three-tier system has far exceeded its creators’ expectations. It is highly efficient and extremely responsive to local concerns. Because of the three-tier system , beer is one of the best deals in the marketplace today.

 

Our Mission

The purpose of the South Carolina Beer Wholesalers Association is to provide leadership which enhances the independent malt beverage wholesale industry; to advocate on behalf of its members before government and the public; to encourage the responsible consumption of beer; and to provide programs and services that will enhance members’ efficiency and effectiveness.

 

Our history

South Carolina’s beer wholesalers operate in a unique regulatory environment that was established by the 21st Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, as well as the federal and state governments in the wake of the repeal of prohibition. Beer wholesalers occupy the middle tier of a three-tier system established for the distribution and sale of beer. This system was designed to insulate retailers from control by suppliers, encourage moderation in consumption, guarantee full collection of state and federal taxes and permit states to impose rules and regulations on the licensed beverage industry that reflect their own practices and beliefs. This three-tier system has far exceeded its creators’ expectations. It is highly efficient and extremely responsive to local concerns. Because of the three-tier system, beer is one of the best deals in the marketplace today.

Our board

 

Ken Emery, Chairman

Ken Emery is Vice President and COO of The Yahnis Company.  Serving Florence, Horry, Georgetown, Marion, Darlington, Dillon, Marlboro, Williamsburg, Clarendon, Sumter, Lee, and Chesterfield Counties. Product portfolio includes Miller, Coors, Yuengling, Heineken, Pabst, Corona, and Guiness Brewery Brands, as well as several other import, craft, and non-alcoholic brands.

E-mail: ken.emery@yahnis.com 
Phone: (843) 453-1095

W. Kevin Meegan, Chairman-Elect

Kevin Meegan is General Manager at Budweiser of Spartanburg.  Serving Spartanburg, Union, Cherokee and Laurens Counties. The main products for sale are the beers of Anheuser-Busch, Inc., with a minor portion of sales represented by imports and crafts.

E-mail: kmeegan@budofspa.com 
Phone: (864) 574-8070

Brad Genners, Treasurer

Brad Genners is General Manager of Beverage South of Aiken/Columbia. Serving Aiken, Allendale, Bamberg, Barnwell, Calhoun, Edgefield, Kershaw, Lexington, McCormick, Newberry, Orangeburg, Richland, and Saluda Counties. Product distribution includes Miller, Coors, Heineken, Diageo, Crown Imports, Pabst, and numerous craft beers.

E-mail: bgenners@bsaiken.us 
Phone: (803) 799-1558

Ryan Andersen, At-Large Member

Ryan Andersen is President of Lee Distributors. Serving Charleston, Berkeley, Dorchester, Beaufort, Colleton, Hampton and Jasper counties.  They distribute a variety of products including Miller, Coors, Constellation Brands, Diageo-Guinness, Heineken, North American Breweries and other quality products.

E-mail: randersen@reyesholdings.com 
Phone: (843) 695-4600

Murray Baroody, At-Large Member

Murray Baroody is a Co-owner of the newly formed MidCarolina Beverage company. Serving Bamberg, Calhoun, Clarendon, Lee, Orangeburg, Sumter, and parts of Darlington, Barnwell, and Aiken counties, they distribute a variety of Anheuser-Busch InBev Brands and other quality products.

E-mail: mbaroody@midcarolinabeer.com 
Phone: (803) 773-6923

Rick Bridges, At-Large Member

Rick Bridges is CEO of B & B Distributors. Serving York, Chester, Lancaster counties and parts of Union, Fairfield & Newberry counties. Product distribution includes Anheuser-Busch, Palmetto, Stone, Yuengling and numerous imports and craft beers.

E-mail: rick.bridges@bbdistributors.net 
Phone: (803) 366-8383

Leon “Chip” Comer, At-Large Member

Chip Comer is the President of Comer Distributing Company, Inc. Serving York, Lancaster, Chester, Fairfield, Bethune/Beaver Creek in Kershaw County with Miller Coors and craft beer products, and Aiken, Allendale, Bamberg, Barnwell, Calhoun, Edgefield, Kershaw, Lexington, McCormick, Newberry, Orangeburg, Richland and Saluda for select craft brands.

E-mail: c.comer@comerdistributing.com
Phone: (803) 324-1180

Mike Riley, At-Large Member

Mike Riley is President of Better Brands, Inc. of Myrtle Beach.  Serving Horry and Georgetown Counties, they distribute a variety of quality beer products of Anheuser-Busch, and a large portfolio of imports, specialty craft beers, and non-alcoholic beverages.

E-mail: mfriley@budbeach.com 
Phone: (843) 626-9402

Stephen “Steve” T. Young, At-Large Member

Steve Young is Vice-President of General Wholesale Company in Spartanburg.  Serving Spartanburg, Union, Cherokeee, and Laurens Counties and the Town of Whitmire in Newberry County, they distribute a variety of products including Miller Brewing, Coors and Stroh/Pabst/Schlitz.

E-mail: syoung@gwc-atl.com 
Phone: (864) 585-8767

Lance S. Boozer, Esq., Executive Director

  

E-mail: lance.boozer@scbwa.com 
Phone: (803) 608-5543