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It’s legal: Homebrewing law takes effect in Mississippi

July 01, 2013 By: mike Category: Government, Homebrew

Raise-Your-PintsStarting today, homebrewers in Mississippi can legally brew beer at home.

Mississippi statute §67-3-11 permits the home production of beer with certain limitations. It was approved back in March but took effect July 1.

In households with one person that is 21 and older, up to 100 gallons of beer can be brewed per year. In homes with two or more people of legal drinking age, up to 200 gallons can be brewed. The statute also allows for transport of homebrew for exhibitions and contests.

But the law does not allow for homemade beer to be produced in counties or municipalities where possession of beer is not legal.

Mississippi grassroots group Raise Your Pints worked with the American Homebrewers Association to lobby for the bill’s approval.

With Mississippi’s law in effect, homebrewing is now legal in all 50 states. Alabama — the other longtime homebrewing holdout — legalized homebrewing with the passage of bill HB9, which was signed by Governor Robert Bentley on May 9, 2013.

Mississippi governor signs bill into law to allow homebrewing

March 20, 2013 By: mike Category: Government, Homebrew

Homebrewing

Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant has signed a bill into law this week that allows homebrewing in the state.

The signing of Senate Bill 2183, which authorizes the making of “homemade beer” for personal uses, makes Mississippi the 49th state to allow homebrewing. Only Alabama still prohibits the hobby.

Mississippi grassroots group Raise Your Pints worked with the American Homebrewers Association to lobby for the bill’s approval.

“From our founding fathers to our current President, this country has a long and storied tradition of homebrewing,” said Gary Glass, director of the American Homebrewers Association, in a press release. “We appreciate the support of all of the homebrewers, the dedicated grassroots efforts of Raise Your Pints and the legislators who have worked so diligently to make homebrewing a reality in Mississippi. We are grateful to Senator John Horhn who introduced this bill and to Governor Bryant for his quick action and support.”

The AHA plans to continue working with homebrewers in Alabama to legalize homebrewing.

The Mississippi law gives citizens 21 and older the right to make “homemade beer for personal, family, domestic or household uses … if the beer is made in a county or municipality in which the possession of light wine or beer is lawful.”

In households with one person that is 21 and older, up to 100 gallons of beer can be brewed per year. In homes with two or more people of legal drinking age, up to 200 gallons can be brewed.

The law continues: “A person who makes homemade beer as authorized in this section may remove the beer from the premises of the household where it is made and transport the beer only for the purpose of participating in a bona fide exhibition, contest or competition where homemade beer is being tasted and judged; however, homemade beer may not be sold or offered for sale under any circumstances.”

The AHA estimates that more than 1 million Americans brew beer or make wine at home at least once a year. Mississippi is home to an estimated 2,200 homebrewers who may now enjoy brewing without the restrictions of a state-wide ban.

Mississippi House approves homebrewing law; bill headed to governor

March 06, 2013 By: mike Category: Government, Homebrew

Today was a huge day for homebrewers in the state of Mississippi, as the state’s House of Representatives approved Senate Bill 2183, which authorizes the making of “homemade beer” for personal uses.

Raise-Your-PintsThe measure was approved by a margin of 73 to 37, and now heads to Gov. Phil Bryant for his signature. The state’s Senate approved the bill on Feb. 7.

Mississippi and Alabama remain the only two U.S. states that still don’t allow residents to make beer in their own homes, but the Magnolia State is poised to shed that distinction.

“Whew! Now I’m thirsty. Who in Jackson wants to go have a celebratory pint after our day jobs this eve?” tweeted Craig Hendry, president of Mississippi grassroots group Raise Your Pints, on Wednesday.

Raise Your Pints, which lobbied successfully last year to raise the alcohol-by-weight limit in beer from 5% to 8%, will claim its second major win in Mississippi with the homebrewing legislation. The American Homebrewers Association joined Raise Your Pints with the lobbying efforts.

The Mississippi law gives citizens 21 and older the right to make “homemade beer for personal, family, domestic or household uses …  if the beer is made in a county or municipality in which the possession of light wine or beer is lawful.”

In households with one person that is 21 and older, up to 100 gallons of beer can be brewed per year. In homes with two or more people of legal drinking age, up to 200 gallons can be brewed.

The law continues: “A person who makes homemade beer as authorized in this section may remove the beer from the premises of the household where it is made and transport the beer only for the purpose of participating in a bona fide exhibition, contest or competition where homemade beer is being tasted and judged; however, homemade beer may not be sold or offered for sale under any circumstances.”

Mississippi Senate approves bill to legalize homebrewing; House vote to come

February 07, 2013 By: mike Category: Government, Homebrew

Homebrewing

Homebrewing is one step closer to being allowed under Mississippi law.

The Mississippi Senate today approved Senate Bill 2183, which authorizes the making of “homemade beer” for personal uses.

The bill now moves to the state’s House for approval, and it could come up for a vote as early as Monday.

Mississippi and Alabama are the only two U.S. states that don’t allow residents to make beer in their own homes.

Mississippi grassroots group Raise Your Pints, which lobbied successfully last year to raise the alcohol-by-weight limit in beer from 5% to 8%, has been lobbying for the homebrewing legislation, with support from the American Homebrewers Association.

Be sure to follow Raise Your Pints on Twitter at @RaiseYourPints for all the latest on the legislation.