Exciting news for our neighbors to the East, the Raise Your Pints organization (facebook - twitter) was finally successful in getting a bill passed to change the archaic beer laws in Mississippi! Apparently it was signed by the governor today and will go into effect on July 1, 2012. This bill raises their legal limit from 5% alcohol by weight to 8% alcohol by weight, which is roughly 10% alcohol by volume. It also officially legalizes homebrewing in the state!
This means that breweries such as Yazoo that are currently in Mississippi but not Louisiana can distribute their bigger beers, and that Lazy Magnolia can start brewing stronger beers as well. It's definitely a good thing for the state and for the beer industry to get rid of such a useless law. Hopefully the next step will be to remove the limit altogether, but hey, one step at a time, right?
Well done, Raise Your Pints!