Raise a Glass to Mississippi’s Beer Culture

March 22, 2013 | By | Comments (7)
Photo courtesy of Crooked Letter Brewery

Photo courtesy of Crooked Letter Brewing Co.

Every day at Southern Living we hear more news from the craft beer scene, and this week it was Mississippi in the spotlight. On Monday, Mississipi became the 49th state to legalize homebrewing (You’re next, Alabama!) thanks to the lobbying efforts of the nonprofit Raise Your Pints.

At the recently opened Delta Brewing Supply in Greenville, homebrewers across the Magnolia State who want to get started can find everything from grains to equipment for making batches of porters and IPAs plus get their growlers refilled.

Homebrewers aren’t the only ones who have reason to cheer–this spring, two new breweries open in Hattiesburg.

Southern Prohibition Brewing Company will launch their two flagship craft beers including Suzy B Dirty Blonde Ale in April and later will become the first craft brewery in the state to can their beer.

After homebrewing for nearly two decades, the husband-and-wife team at Gordon Creek Brewery is busy brewing test batches and expects to have beer such as their Pinebelt Pale Ale (their take on an American Pale Ale) ready in late April.

Until the suds start flowing from homebrewing and in Hattiesburg, grab a pint at these breweries.

Mississippi’s first brewery, Lazy Magnolia, has been making beer for nearly a decade. Visit their brewery in Kiln to try Southern selections such as their Southern Pecan beer, a nutty beer made with whole pecans, or Jefferson Stout, a sweet potato cream stout.

Brewing beer started as a hobby for the brewmaster of the eventual Lucky Town Brewing Co. in Gluckstadt. Lucky for us, the beers such as The Flare Incident (an oatmeal stout) and Ballistic Blonde (a Belgian blonde ale) can be found on tap all over the Jackson area.

Crooked Letter Brewing Co. opened in November 2012 in Ocean Springs and has three beers on tap: Gipsy IPA, Crooked Heffy (an American-style Hefeweizen), and Mystery Romp (a mocha porter). The Crooked Letter crew will release their Italian lager, Stabello, at the end of March.

All the news gives us a reason to raise a glass and cheer along with Mississippi. Tell us: what’s your favorite craft beer?

COMMENTS

  1. Anthony

    You left out Lucky Town Brewing Company based in Jackson, MS which opened in 2012. You may want to add them to your article since they were the second one to open behind Lazy Magnolia. (www.luckytownbrewing.com)

    March 22, 2013 at 4:08 pm
  2. Brooke

    Sounds like a journalist that needs to do a little more research before publishing…

    March 22, 2013 at 4:20 pm
  3. Jessica Stringer

    Thanks, Anthony!

    March 22, 2013 at 4:23 pm
  4. James

    Anthony, the people with Lucky Town are contract brewers. This is not a bad thing. This means that they do not physically brew their beer in Mississippi. They contract brew out of Back Forty brewery in AL. They give the recipe to the brewers with Back Forty and these brewers who work for Back Forty brew the beer. It is then kegged and sent to MS under the name Lucky Town. If they ever bottled, the labels would state brewed at Back Forty and the address. So Lucky Town did not “open” a brewery – only a business, but because they are not bottled and the info is not printed for you to see, I can see how you were confused. And the fact that they do not have a brewery but contract brew, I can see how they may have been accidentally left out of the article.

    March 22, 2013 at 7:45 pm
  5. Steve S

    Somebody needs to learn how to pour a beer! I guess Mississippi will learn quickly now that they are legal. ;) Thanks for the news Jessica.

    March 22, 2013 at 9:01 pm
  6. Katie Parkman

    Thanks, Southern Living for this article. We appreciate the coverage and appreciate all the people, breweries and distributors who have supported Raise Your Pints over the years. It’s a great time for beer in Mississippi. Cheers!

    March 23, 2013 at 9:35 am
  7. Jp

    Actually, Lucky Town is out of Glukstadt, MS

    March 25, 2013 at 3:46 pm