Bryant signs bill to let breweries sell product

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JACKSON – Gov. Phil Bryant signed into law Wednesday legislation that would allow small breweries to sell their product (beer or light wine) on premise.

Supporters of the legislation say the bill will be a boost for home-grown Mississippi breweries that are still a small, but growing market in the state.

The bill would allow breweries that produce no more than 60,000 barrels per year of beer or light wine to sell no more than 1,500 barrels or no more than 10 percent of their product (whichever is less) on premise.

Kem Coleman, who started the 1817 Brewery in Okolona, said in an earlier interview that the change in law would help Mississippi breweries that under current law could provide a sample during a tour, but could not make any sales.

“This is something we’ve been pushing for years, and when it happens, you’re going to see expansions and jobs,” said Coleman, who added the change in law might help him expand.

The change in law is effective on July 1.

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    Microbreweries are fantastic; usually have great food. Have been around for 20-30 years. They are all over the country, the world for that matter. Had no idea MS couldn’t have a microbrewery business. Absurd they now can only sell 10% of what they make.