Hope for new beer standard brewing

To do that, though, Bailey has to hit the road, because the more “gourmet” beers have an alcohol content higher than what is permitted in Mississippi.

But Bailey – founder of a grass-roots beer advocacy group, Raise Your Pints – and others like him are hoping change is brewing in Jackson.

While nothing appears imminent, these beer aficionados are waiting for Mississippi to join a growing number of states that have allowed higher alcohol content in beer.

“Raising the permissible alcohol content would move Mississippi more in line with the rest of the country; that’s all,” said Bailey, an Oak Grove resident. “We really believe that it’s inevitable. It’s going to happen. It’s just a matter of when.”

Nov. 30, 2009