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Hattiesburg bar celebrates passage of new state beer laws

HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) -

Everyone raised their glasses in celebration of the passing of the "Beer Bill" Monday afternoon at a Hattiesburg bar.

Governor Phil Bryant signed into law a bill that will allow an alcohol content of up to 8 percent by weight. The current limit is 5 percent. The new limit becomes law on July 1.

The Keg and Barrel in Hattiesburg celebrated the passing of the bill with crawfish, live music, and of course beer.

Butch Bailey, Founder and President of Raise Your Pints, says the passing of the bill could mean a boom in the Mississippi beery industry.

"It will broaden the craft beer industry in Mississippi so what that means is products are treated like fine wine," said Bailey. "People that travel and collect these beers will have a broader range of those in Mississippi now, so it's more opportunity for our businesses, retail outlets, restaurants and bars, as well as our brewery.

Bar Patron Michael Samel agrees with the decision for stronger brew saying, "Just because Mississippi has a bunch of dry counties doesn't mean we have to suffer lower quality beer. It kind of brings us up to date with the rest of the U.S."

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