Congrats to Mississippi!

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StuartCarter
beers 21 º places 10 º 08:18 Mon 4/9/2012

According to Raise Your Pints, their governor has signed their bill into law. It increases permissible alcohol in beer from 5% ABW (6% ABV) to 8% ABW (10-ish ABV).

Awesome news from our brothers in arms in MS!

www.raiseyourpints.com

 
Papsoe
beers 25055 º places 4 º 08:22 Mon 4/9/2012
 
Sevenlee
beers 1846 º places 83 º 08:47 Mon 4/9/2012

Great news. Some of these conservative states and counties in the US that restrict the amount of alcohol in brews and the like don’t realise they are creating more of a problem or potential problem of alcohol abuse. It encourages people to drink a lot more because it’s low in alcohol. I mean really, who’s going to smash down 6 Imperial Stouts and over 10% a pop? The higher alcohol content will give brewers from the state more freedom to make more interesting and flavoursome beers, thus, beers that should be appreciated not slammed.

Does anyone know if this law relates to only beer brewed in the state or is it beer available in the state also?

Has anyone had any beer from Mississippi? I can really only see Lazy Magnolia doing anything there.

 
StuartCarter
beers 21 º places 10 º 08:54 Mon 4/9/2012

the ABW restriction applies to all beer - why wouldn’t it?

Lazy Magnolia is the only current MS brewery that is in production. With the passing of this law I would expect a lot of prospective brewers to be sharpening their pencils, just like they did when we changed Alabama’s ABV law in 2009.

 
phaleslu
beers 10750 º places 593 º 09:12 Mon 4/9/2012

This is awesome news. Great step. Now let’s work toward getting these alcohol caps removed completely!

 
jzzbassman
beers 1638 º places 30 º 12:01 Mon 4/9/2012

There is a second brewery starting up called LuckyTown down by Jackson. They have been raising money via kickstarter and others, and should be going pretty soon.

Lots of hard work here went into getting this 1st hurdle over. Hopefully we see the same explosion our neighbors in AL saw when they raised their limit.

 
phaleslu
beers 10750 º places 593 º 12:07 Mon 4/9/2012

Originally posted by jzzbassman
There is a second brewery starting up called LuckyTown down by Jackson. They have been raising money via kickstarter and others, and should be going pretty soon.

Lots of hard work here went into getting this 1st hurdle over. Hopefully we see the same explosion our neighbors in AL saw when they raised their limit.


Congrats!

Speaking of Alabama, what happened with Hurricane Brewing? I spent a couple afternoons there in September 2009 and they had a celebratory Imperial IPA on tap at the time, right after their successful "Free the Hops" efforts. It did seem empty both days I was in there, unfortunately, and Mobile seemed to have a sleepy downtown that probably isn’t the most small business-friendly.

Was it management? Unlucky timing?

 
dmschefke
beers 583 º places 52 º 12:08 Mon 4/9/2012

Originally posted by Sevenlee
Great news. Some of these conservative states and counties in the US that restrict the amount of alcohol in brews and the like don’t realise they are creating more of a problem or potential problem of alcohol abuse. It encourages people to drink a lot more because it’s low in alcohol. I mean really, who’s going to smash down 6 Imperial Stouts and over 10% a pop? The higher alcohol content will give brewers from the state more freedom to make more interesting and flavoursome beers, thus, beers that should be appreciated not slammed.

Does anyone know if this law relates to only beer brewed in the state or is it beer available in the state also?

Has anyone had any beer from Mississippi? I can really only see Lazy Magnolia doing anything there.


I’m not understanding your logic on this one. I know plenty of beers in the 10% range that go down pretty easy and would lead to a more dangerous drunk (ie, one that doesn’t realize that they are drunk until halfway through the drive home when it catches up to them).

 
StuartCarter
beers 21 º places 10 º 14:17 Mon 4/9/2012

Originally posted by phaleslu

Congrats!

Speaking of Alabama, what happened with Hurricane Brewing? I spent a couple afternoons there in September 2009 and they had a celebratory Imperial IPA on tap at the time, right after their successful "Free the Hops" efforts. It did seem empty both days I was in there, unfortunately, and Mobile seemed to have a sleepy downtown that probably isn’t the most small business-friendly.

Was it management? Unlucky timing?


it was the messed-up brewpub laws that made it basically impossible to make a profit as a brewpub, which is why Free the Hops changed the brewpubs laws in 2011.

www.freethehops.org for the full skinny.

 
joet
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beers 2672 º places 111 º 14:27 Mon 4/9/2012

good to hear! congrats!

 
Sevenlee
beers 1846 º places 83 º 14:31 Mon 4/9/2012

Originally posted by dmschefke
Originally posted by Sevenlee
Great news. Some of these conservative states and counties in the US that restrict the amount of alcohol in brews and the like don’t realise they are creating more of a problem or potential problem of alcohol abuse. It encourages people to drink a lot more because it’s low in alcohol. I mean really, who’s going to smash down 6 Imperial Stouts and over 10% a pop? The higher alcohol content will give brewers from the state more freedom to make more interesting and flavoursome beers, thus, beers that should be appreciated not slammed.

Does anyone know if this law relates to only beer brewed in the state or is it beer available in the state also?

Has anyone had any beer from Mississippi? I can really only see Lazy Magnolia doing anything there.


I’m not understanding your logic on this one. I know plenty of beers in the 10% range that go down pretty easy and would lead to a more dangerous drunk (ie, one that doesn’t realize that they are drunk until halfway through the drive home when it catches up to them).


Well there’s a difference. If one is stupid enough to suck back 2 or 3 10% beers then drive home, well that’s just as stupid as drinking double of the amount of a 5% beer. I’m not saying this going to help drink driving, only the individual responsible (the drinker) can stop that.

What I’m really referring to is alcohol abuse. From what I understand, many states and counties have alcohol restrictions of different kinds because they worry about how it’s going to affect their community. (I believe it’s mainly a religous influence. Look at Utah as an example) I’ve seen plenty of dumb-shit college kids downing beers like it’s a competition and they can because it’s low(ish) in alcohol and, if you’re buying crap like Bud or Miller, cheap. Those same boys aren’t going to spend $4-5 on a single bottle of craft IPA sitting at 8%. However, like the craft beer movement in general, as more people discover the joys of it, the more they apprecitate and the less they drink. I’m sure you’re not one to smash down 4 or 5 10% imperial stouts are you? But those boys commonly do with 9 or 10 Buds.
That’s my point.