Mississippi’s burgeoning craft brewing industry and beer distributors are at odds over brewers wanting to sell directly to customers who visit them.
The state’s temperance laws, dating to the post-Prohibition 1930s, require a “three-tiered” system. Beer manufacturers must use a distributor to sell to stores and restaurants. “Brewpub” restaurants are allowed to sell beer they make for on-premises drinking, and breweries can provide free samples. But they cannot sell beer for off-site consumption.
Craft breweries, of which the state has eight after changes in laws in recent years, say they don’t want to disrupt this system but would like to sell a limited amount, as 46 states allow.
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