Lazy Magnolia Brewery backing samples bill

By The Associated Press

KILN — Legislation that would allow the Lazy Magnolia Brewery to provide samples of its product onsite is pending in the House Ways and Means Committee.

The Sea Coast Echo reports that the bill by Rep. Jessica Upshaw, R-Diamondhead, is among several on the same issue filed in the House and Senate.

The House Tourism Committee approved Upshaw’s bill last month. Next Tuesday is the deadline for legislative committees to act on bills.

The bill would allow breweries to provide six-ounce samples as part of structured tours.

“It’s a positive step. It’s all about allowing the brewery to become a tourist attraction,” said Mark Henderson, owner of Lazy Magnolia Brewery.

“It helps sales for retailers. They sample it and then go buy it. We all succeed when visitors explore the local community.”

Similar legislation died in the 2011 session.

“We have passed the first hurdle. Now there’s more hurdles to go,” Upshaw said. “This is a positive thing for tourism on the Mississippi Gulf Coast and the State of Mississippi.”

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The bill is House Bill 1019.