Miss. Biz Journal – Miss. beer legislation supporters are being cautiously optimistic

Lawmakers and grassroots organizers who have unsuccessfully pushed for legislation to modernize Mississippi’s beer and brewing laws are optimistic their efforts stand a better chance of paying off this session.

As he has the past few sessions, Rep. David Baria, D-Bay St. Louis, has filed bills that would increase the state’s alcohol-by-weight limit in beer, and potentially pave the way for the state’s lone brewer to expand while encouraging new breweries to open.

One bill would raise the state’s current cap — the lowest in the U.S. — of 5 percent ABW in beer made and sold in the state to 8 percent.

The other two bills would allow Hancock County’s Lazy Magnolia Brewing Co. to offer certain samples to folks who tour the brewery, and to brew beer whose ABW is above 5 percent as long as it’s shipped and sold out of state. The last would legalize homebrewing.

Mississippi Business Journal
2/9/12