There appears to be no end to this madness . . .
(Jackson, MS) The epidemic of commonsense that has recently beset Mississippi's legislators shows no signs of abetting as government officials continue to do the right thing!
You may recall that Mississippi Governor Phil Bryant recently signed a beer bill into law that increased the state's ABV cap on beer from 5% to 8%. That law's really going to free up the state's craft beer industry and goes into effect on July 1st.
But this legislative outburst of raging rationality did not end there!
The Mississippi Beer News explains the state's latest legislative initiative:
Currently it is unlawful for Mississippi breweries to sample their beers at the brewery. This will change soon. Governor Phil Bryant signed into law Senate Bill 2600 which will allow samples to be served with certain restrictions.
Yes, you read that correctly - the Governor has just signed into law a bill that allows Mississippi breweries to provide samples of their beers on-site, and that's a huge "next" step.
Mississippi Beer News explains the importance of the Bill's passage this way:
Sampling is a vital part of the touring process and greatly adds to the impact of a brewery tour. This is the first step of initiatives to modernize the laws regarding Mississippi's breweries on-premise and off-premise consumption. The next step would be to legalize on-premise sales and then off-premise sales. This would allow you to visit a brewery, sample their product, then buy a pint, and buy a growler/bomber/six-pack to take home. This is probably a long way away, but most states allow their breweries to operate in this manner.
If you're a regular visitor to American Craft Beer.com you know that we're not shy about satirizing our politicians - more times than not they deserve it. But as much as it pains us, we have to step back and seriously applaud Mississippi for their recent legislative actions. These are long overdue and important steps that they've taken. They're creating a more favorable climate for Mississippi's craft beer industry - allowing it more freedom to flourish and grow - and we're all about that!