Mississippi Rising: Long Limited by Restrictive Laws, Magnolia State Breweries Finally See Promise

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  1. BeerAdvocate

    BeerAdvocate Founders (16,536) Aug 23, 1996 Massachusetts

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  2. NeroFiddled

    NeroFiddled Poo-Bah (11,549) Jul 8, 2002 Pennsylvania
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    I'm glad to hear it! I recall a time when Mississippi had no breweries, and even when they got one later on they weren't bottling. To this day I still haven't had a beer from Mississippi.
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  3. jvgoor3786

    jvgoor3786 Poo-Bah (1,866) May 28, 2015 Arkansas
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    Southern Prohibition recently pulled distribution out of Arkansas. They make a great session IPA. I've stopped in a few places that sell beer while driving through Mississippi a couple times - the beer scene is rough. It's probably the only place I've seen worse than Arkansas. I'm glad to hear things are moving forward!
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  4. tobelerone

    tobelerone Poo-Bah (2,785) Dec 1, 2010 New Jersey
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    Not much to say about the MS scene (having never been there and only tried a few Lazy Magnolia beers) but good luck to them, and kudos to the staff on a really well written, interesting piece of beer journalism. I know it’s hard to pull a lot of pieces like this together frequently. I would love to see the print magazine go to something like a quarterly or bi-monthly with a lot of meatier articles, that would get me interested in renewing my lapsed subscription.

    If you guys are looking for contributors...drop me a line some time! I’ve published quite a bit (albeit in other areas of concentration).
  5. pro100

    pro100 Initiate (105) Oct 12, 2014 California

    Good read. I'm in Mississippi at least once a year visiting family. Its really a dry state craft beer wise but they're trying to improve which is good.
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    jesskidden Poo-Bah (2,003) Aug 10, 2005 New Jersey
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  7. Keene

    Keene Defender (664) Sep 11, 2009 Washington

    Thanks for sharing your feedback. Let us know if you try something memorable on your next trip!
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  10. HorseheadsHophead

    HorseheadsHophead Poo-Bah (2,127) Sep 15, 2014 New York

    How can they rank 51st when there are only 50 states? :crazy_face:
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  11. joehemphill1974

    joehemphill1974 Initiate (132) Aug 13, 2018 Mississippi

    I live here and there is so much untapped potential for craft beer to really take off . I strongly believe if the 10.2 ABV cap was removed , it would really open up the local breweries and the craft beer industry could flourish in Mississippi.
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  12. Jow13

    Jow13 Initiate (39) Apr 5, 2016 Florida

    Only drove through Mississippi briefly but found a nice little craft beer store in Corinth (far northeast part of state) called Flying Pig Craft Market. It’s a cool shed with nice selection of brews including like 8 drafts so you can sip and get a snack why you shop. Grabbed some MS & AL brews both hard to come by in regular life.
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  13. Keene

    Keene Defender (664) Sep 11, 2009 Washington

    Simple. The Brewers Association also counts the District of Columbia.
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  14. donspublic

    donspublic Poo-Bah (1,854) Aug 4, 2014 Texas
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    Perhaps that is how bad it is in Mississippi :slight_smile:. I used to stop at Hops and Growlers going to Florida, they were right off the interstate. I had the pleasure of getting a growler of their blonde the day they opened the brewery last year. I wish them the best going forward and hope the market opens up for them.
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  15. Squire

    Squire Poo-Bah (2,373) Jul 16, 2015 Mississippi
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    Overall it's a good article that hits enough high points to give a reasonably complete picture.
  16. HorseheadsHophead

    HorseheadsHophead Poo-Bah (2,127) Sep 15, 2014 New York

    Ah. That makes sense.
  17. jeebeel

    jeebeel Initiate (188) Jun 17, 2003 Texas

    Thanks for that feedback on an interesting article. Always good to hear from someone who lives in the subject place.
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  18. surfcaster

    surfcaster Zealot (566) Apr 20, 2013 North Carolina

    Things improved dramatically in NC after the cap was removed in 2005 but that was coincident with the upward trajectory of craft and the cap was much lower at a very modest 6%!!!

    There must be more to it in Mississippi as I could go on and not miss a beat skipping beer >10.2%

    Glad it’s getting better.
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  19. kojevergas

    kojevergas Poo-Bah (9,323) Aug 15, 2010 Colorado
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    If someone with a $40k household income (presuming a household is 2+ people, which I assume it is on aggregate in a state like Mississippi) is buying a $17 beer on her/his night out on the town, then perhaps pumping extra money into schools instead of breweries is exactly what the state and its denizenry ought to be doing.
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  20. JackHorzempa

    JackHorzempa Poo-Bah (4,532) Dec 15, 2005 Pennsylvania

    Reminds me of a joke. There is a contest and the first prize is a one week vacation to Mississippi. Second prize is a two week vacation to Mississippi.:flushed:

  21. P8N_LS

    P8N_LS Initiate (35) Jul 18, 2015 Tennessee

    Unfortunately, Yalobusha closed down their operations in Water Valley, MS. I hear they are looking into a new endeavor in Oxford.
  22. Nhens0016

    Nhens0016 Aspirant (256) Aug 23, 2013 Louisiana

    Meanwhile one of their breweries closes because the water quality and business factors cause them to close. I don’t think Mississippi understands that having “something” to call great is important. You don’t have much... make beer something amazing in your state!
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  23. Squire

    Squire Poo-Bah (2,373) Jul 16, 2015 Mississippi
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    My first person opinion is it had more to do with the quality of their beer.
  24. kinopio

    kinopio Aspirant (275) Apr 30, 2009 Massachusetts

    Mississippi is ranked 48th when it comes to schools so whatever they are doing is not working.
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