Three bills with the goal of easing Mississippi's restrictions on beer brewing and consumption have
passed the state Senate.
The bills are supported by a group called Raise Your Pints and were opposed by about a dozen senators.
Senate Bill 2878 would most widely affect Mississippians and tourists. It would permit the amount of alcohol by weight in beer to be raised from 5 to 8 percent.
Raise Your Pints says Mississippi's current regulations are the strictest in the nation.
Senate Bill 2370 would allow the brewing of beer with greater than 5 percent by weight, which could be sold in other states.
Senate Bill 2600 would allow breweries to provide samples.
Mississippi currently has one brewery, in Kiln.
The bills now move to the House.