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Mississippi governor signs higher alcohol beer law

April 09, 2012 By: mike Category: Craft beer, Government

Mississippi craft beer drinkers, raise your pints!

Governor Phil Bryant has signed a bill, effective July 1, that raises the alcohol-by-weight limit in beer from 5% to 8%, according to the grassroots group Raise Your Pints, which has been pushing the legislation for years.

“Thank you @PhilBryantMS for signing SB2878. It’s a great day to be a Mississippian!” Butch Bailey, founder and president of Raise Your Pints, wrote on Twitter. Bailey said the 8% ABW limit translates to about 10.1% alcohol by volume, which will greatly expand the number of craft beer styles sold in the state.

The news came on the deadline for Bryant to sign the bill, veto it or do nothing and allow it to become law.

In addition to Raise Your Pints, the legislation had been endorsed more recently by Anheuser-Busch and its independent distributors in Mississippi.

Before passage of the bill, Mississippi had been the only state that limited ABW for beer to just 5 percent. Raise Your Pints is also seeking to make homebrewing legal in the state, though homebrewing bills have not advanced in the legislature this session.

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