Bryant signs bill allowing for stronger beer

JACKSON — Gov. Phil Bryant has signed a bill allowing stronger beer in Mississippi.

The law, which takes effect July 1, allows the brewing and sale of beer with alcohol content of up to 8 percent by weight, above the current 5 percent limit. Bryant signed the bill Thursday.

Supporters of the bill say that it will allow beer lovers to sample more kinds of beer, as well as ease restrictions on breweries. The owners of the state’s lone brewery, Lazy Magnolia in Kiln, say that they have had to pass up contracts to make beer for other companies because they were limited to a low alcohol content.

The law was championed by Raise Your Pints, a lobbying group seeking a broader variety of beer.

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