Bill Allowing Stronger Beer Passes Mississippi House

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

A bill that passed the Mississippi House could lead to the sale of stronger beer.

House Bill 1422 would raise the allowable alcohol by weight on beer sold in the state from 5 percent to 8 percent.

Mississippi has the lowest alcohol cap for beer in the country.

Advocates say the change say will benefit people who enjoy artisan beer and entrepreneurs who brew craft beer.

House members asked whether consumers might become more intoxicated and be more likely to have car accidents. Republican Rep. Hank Zuber of Ocean Springs says that because these beers are more expensive, people are likely to drink fewer of them.

The bill was held for the possibility of more debate. It
eventually would need to go to the Senate.

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  • by logic on Mar 4, 2012 at 06:59 AM
    I don't think you will see a change in DUIs. An irresponsible drinker is going to be just that, regardless of the percentage of alcohol in the beer. You probably will see an increase in revenue for the industry and State General Fund. Mississippi is finally on board with the rest of the Nation.
  • by darryl Location: meridian on Mar 3, 2012 at 08:16 PM
    u can be sure of a dui now all u got to do is smell it
  • by LOL Location: Meridian on Mar 3, 2012 at 07:45 PM
    yeah buddy, imma for all suggestion this. (hic-up)pass me another one! Diebels Alt!
  • by baby boy on Mar 3, 2012 at 08:50 AM
    MORE DRUNK FOR YOUR BUCKS. oh well at least there may be more money for groceries, Im hungry.
  • by John B. on Mar 2, 2012 at 07:08 PM
    Can my Baptist friends explain to me why the best beer in the world is produced by Trappist monks?
  • by Mark on Mar 2, 2012 at 07:06 PM
    I can't wait......Chimay, Orval, Trappistes Rochefort, St. Bernardus, Hennepin, Founders, Hopslam, La Trappe, Terrapin, Unibroue, Bell's, Russian River, Stone, Dogfish Head, etc. Maybe even Westvleteren! Craft beer will bring more tax money to this state too.
  • by Jim Location: Meridian on Mar 2, 2012 at 05:33 PM
    Mississippi is the only state that still has this prohibition era restriction on alcohol in beer. Of the 100 top rated beers in the world, 80 are illegal in Mississippi now. Mississippians have no idea what they have been missing.
  • by bearhunter on Mar 2, 2012 at 03:19 PM
    I like to drink Chimay. Its made by monks over seas and is 8%-9%. Its not available here yet. I don't see the problem because because the whiskey I buy is 100 proof. The only difference is I can drink a case of natural light after work or 10 chimays.
  • by Ben Location: Meridian on Mar 2, 2012 at 01:54 PM
    Finally! I'm glad that MS is catching up to times in one area. Lol. Nothin like a good cold beer after 5 days of hard work!
  • by Easy4U2say on Mar 2, 2012 at 11:51 AM
    They'll buy, and people wonder how the government can make such a mess of even the simplest things. The alcohol content seems irrelevant considering there is nothing to prevent drinking more beer to get the same amount of alcohol, not to mention liquor is perfectly legal as well: so how is the relative alcohol content in beer dangerous? This bill is intended to allow sale of beers and ales that can't be purchased in MS because their content is over what is allowed in MS. The alcohol content of your budlight, miller, and coors and most of your more common domestic beers aren't gonna change, they are most already 5% or lower everywhere to begin with. This is really to allow sale of "artisan" style beers, which do tend to cost more (so at least our lawmaker's information was good, just not to sure about the logic in that conclusion).
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