Governor Signs Law Allowing Stronger Beer

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

Gov. Phil Bryant has signed a bill allowing stronger beer in Mississippi.

The law, which takes effect July 1, allows the brewing and sale of beer with alcohol content of up to 8 percent by weight, above the current 5 percent limit.

Supporters of the bill say that it will allow beer lovers to sample more kinds of beer, as well as ease restrictions on breweries.

The owners of the state's lone brewery, Lazy Magnolia in Kiln, say that they have had to pass up contracts to make beer for other companies because they were limited to a low alcohol content.

The law was championed by Raise Your Pints, a lobbying group seeking a broader variety of beer.

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  • by tecia Location: meridian on Apr 10, 2012 at 06:24 PM
    well,i guess stronger beer means drunker drunks.ha.public drunk if walking or standing,dui if driving.why not just quit?
  • by Ron Location: Meridian on Apr 10, 2012 at 06:30 AM
    It was the right thing to do. It's not about getting drunk, It's about getting quality beer in Mississippi for people that like to drink good beer. If you are oppossed by it, it's not about you, it's for ALL of Mississippi. It's about time to get out of the dark ages.
  • by Happy Location: Here on Apr 10, 2012 at 04:45 AM
    I'm proud of Mississippi. This is one example of letting the free market work. This is what true conservatives are supposed to do! It was depressing to spend a week or so out of state/country working and to come home and not be able to drink a decent beer if desired.
  • by Anonymous on Apr 10, 2012 at 04:41 AM
    I am very disappointed in Gov. Bryant for this decision. I thought he was going to lead Miss. in the right direction but it appears I was wrong.
  • by Second Voice Location: Meridian on Apr 9, 2012 at 05:39 PM
    I'd like to know how this bill slipped past MADD, evangelical Christians and common sense. Looks like we have another dud for governor as well as the recently elected politicians.
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      by J.R. on Apr 10, 2012 at 08:26 AM in reply to Second Voice
      Please explain how signing the bill is not "common sense"? What negative effect will allowing stronger beer in Mississippi have? "Common sense" will tell those who can reason logically that the dummies who are out to get drunk are going to do it regardless of what kinds of beer are available. They will keep drinking the same swill they have always enjoyed. And if you're worried about alcohol content just remember that beer in general is down toward the bottom of the scale in terms of ABV or ABW. If someone's out just looking for a quick drunk, there are much cheaper and quicker alternatives available to them than 8% beer. Is this bill going to put more drunks out on the road? No. Again, can anyone give an actual negative effect as a result of this bill?
  • by Francisco on Apr 9, 2012 at 04:29 PM
    Good job, Governor Bryant. Let the free market work. This is a good day for Mississippi. Less government, more choice.
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