Stronger beer could be on Mississippi shelves soon | News
SOUTHAVEN, MS- (WMC-TV) – Is stronger beer coming to Mississippi? A bill that would put stronger beer on the state's shelves has passed the House and the Senate. Now it's just waiting for the governor's signature.
A bill headed to the Mississippi governor would allow the sale of stronger beer in the state, including some craft beers that have been unavailable because of current regulations.
James Lunsford, a beer distributor, says that's great news.
The bill would permit the amount of alcohol by weight in beer to be raised from five percent to eight percent.
"We're the lowest alcohol content for beer in the country," said Lunsford, of A&B Distributing.
But Lunsford said not everyone will be able to sell stronger beer.
"They'll be allowed in drug stores, convenience stores and supermarkets - pretty much wherever the five percent beer is now," he said.
The beer bill has already passed the House and the Senate. It is now waiting for Gov. Phil Bryant's signature.
Lunsford said Mississippi's current beer regulations are the strictest in the nation. He said some people are driving out of state to buy stronger brews, and that's causing Mississippi to lose some tax revenue.
"If it's available somewhere they're going to travel outside," he said. "I guess it makes it bad for the state. If you're located centrally in the middle, it's a pretty good trip to get across state lines."
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