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.