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?