Living in the Northwest, I sometimes take for granted that I can drive to a local beer shop and choose from hundreds of great craft brews. We do have some bad laws, such as not being able to get beers like Sam Adams Utopias in Oregon or Washington, but for the most part we have access to quite a few beers.

This is not so in Mississippi.

Did you know that Mississippi is the only state in the country that limits alcohol by weight (ABW) for beer to only 5%?

Seriously Mississippi?  5%? Are stakeholders in Anheuser-Busch and Molson Coors running your legislation over there?

What’s strange to me is that they do allow wine over 5%.  That seems like a double standard to me.  There are many beers that are aged similar to wine and are so good, yet because they are considered beer, residents of the state can’t buy them.

Beers Not Allowed in MississippiAccording to Raise Your Pint, a grassroots, non-profit organization whose mission is to help bring the highest quality beers in the world to Mississippi, 87 of the worlds top 100 beers ( aren’t available to Mississippians because of their laws.

They are unable to buy 19 of 22 Dogfish Head Brewery beers.

On top of the smack to the face to craft beer drinkers, homebrewing BEER is still illegal in Mississippi (Alabama is the only other state in the country).  They can make wine, just not beer.

Mississippi it’s time you change your outdated laws.  If you live in the state, definitely check out Raise Your Pints website to see how you can get involved.

Let Mississippi drink good beer!


  1. Lazy Magnolia is Mississippi’s first and only brewery, not yet 6 years old. We have delectable brews, but you have no idea how this law limits our brewers creativity. You cannot imagine what it is like to walk into a store and find a selection of Sam Adams or Abita, which consist mostly of the only craft brews around here. Lazy Magnolia will keep fighting the good fight, and maybe one day we can keep beer sales inside our own state instead of driving to our lucky neighbors. Thank you for the article.

    • I had the pleasure of exploring Lazy Magnolia beer when I was in New Orleans and the Southern Pecan remains one of my favorite all time beers even though it is but a distant memory now. I live in Georgia and spend a lot of time in North Carolina so I would love to see it get a wider distribution.

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