The new law permits Mississippians to sell and purchase beer up to 8% alcohol by weight, which translates to roughly 10% alcohol by volume, the more common measurement.
It’s certainly a step forward, but people in Mississippi still won’t be able to buy some of my favorite beers including Dogfish Head’ Palo Santo Marron, which weighs in at 12% ABV. And it will probably still scare breweries like Dogfish Head away from distributing to the state since a lot of their expensive specialty beers top the 10% ABV mark.
But enough with being a downer! Raising the legal percentage from 5 to 8 ABW is a huge step forward and allows breweries within the state to brew higher alcohol craft beers. it also greatly expands the number of beers that can be sold in the state.
Congrats to Raise Your Pints for fighting this fight for three years and finally being successful! It isn’t to often that you can get the Leviathan state to change direction and it certainly isn’t easy.