Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour has given a nod to craft beer drinkers and brewers in his state, as well as the efforts of Raise Your Pints, issuing an official proclamation declaring Mississippi Craft Beer Week.
Craft Beer Week is coming up July 23-30 and will include events all over the state of Mississippi. (Go here for a listing of events, or follow @MSCraftBeerWeek on Twitter.)
Raise Your Pints is a grassroots, non-profit organization that’s trying to change Mississippi’a archaic beer laws and raise the 5% ABW beer limit. (The 5% limit excludes about a third of the world’s beer styles.)
Kudos to the folks at Raise Your Pints!
Meanwhile, here’s the full text of the governor’s proclamation:
WHEREAS, Mississippi Craft Beer Week is a time to enjoy not only craft beer, but also the southern hospitality of Mississippi’s restaurants and pubs, all while benefiting these small businesses economically; and
WHEREAS, we recognize the considerable contributions of the brewers, distributors and retailers of craft beers and their continuous improvement of the craft beer culture and the community as a whole; and
WHEREAS, increased support of homebrewers and their aesthetic, innovative creations is important to increasing the diversity of the American craft beer industry, which benefits the economy through job creation, and
WHEREAS, Raise Your Pints is a dedicated grassroots movement of passionate craft beer enthusiasts who advocate the responsible practice of craft beer enjoyment and continually work toward advancing the craft beer culture in Mississippi:
NOW, THEREFORE, I, Haley Barbour, Governor of the State of Mississippi, hereby proclaim the week of July 23-30 2011, as Mississippi Craft Beer Week in the State of Mississippi.
IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand and caused the Great Seal of the State of Mississippi to be affixed.
DONE in the City of Jackson, on the twenty-ninth day of June in the year of our Lord, two thousand and eleven, and of the Independence of the United States of America, the two hundred and thirty-fifth.