Beer giant Anheuser-Busch and its independent distributors in Mississippi have joined the fight to raise the state’s alcohol-by-weight (ABW) limit on beer.
The maker of Budweiser and Bud Light has joined with the nonprofit Raise Your Pints and members of the Mississippi Malt Beverage Association to support legislation that would raise the ABW limit on beer made and sold in the state from 5 to 8 percent, according to a story that appeared Tuesday on the PR Newswire.
Anheuser-Busch is proud to support the effort to raise the ABW limit for beer in Mississippi,” said Doug Bailey, region vice president of state affairs at Anheuser-Busch. “Increasing the state’s ABW limits will allow beer drinkers access to a greater variety of beers, including many of Anheuser-Busch’s high-end, specialty beers. It also will boost the state’s beer and hospitality industries.” [source]
Mississippi is the only state that limits ABW for beer to just 5 percent, which in turns prohibits sales of about a third of the world’s beer styles.
We are pleased to have Anheuser-Busch’s support in our effort to increase the ABW limit for beer in Mississippi. A change would not only benefit Mississippians who wish to have the same beer choices already enjoyed by most Americans, but also the state’s small businesses,” said Butch Bailey, president of Raise Your Pints. “It’s a great opportunity to make Mississippi a better place to do business, a more attractive tourist destination, and improve the cultural life of our citizens.” [source]
Raise Your Pints is also seeking to make homebrewing legal in the state. For more information, visit the group’s website.