Current Mississippi law allows craft brewers only to provide samples of their beer onsite after people take brewery tours. It prohibits them from selling cans or bottles of their beer there, which can only be sold in stores or restaurants.
“Our current structure puts local Mississippi breweries at a competitive disadvantage,” said Quinby Chunn, owner of Southern Prohibition brewery in Hattiesburg, to a House Ways and Means subcommittee last week at the state’s Capitol.
Their quest puts them squarely at odds with the state’s large beer distributors, who maintain the current system works fine. Some of the distributors work with craft breweries.