Senate Bill one step closer to legalizing home brewing in Mississippi

HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - The House has passed and sent a bill to Governor Phil Bryant that would legalize home brewing in Mississippi.

On Wednesday, House members voted 70 - 37 to approve Senate Bill 2183, which gives every person, 21 and older, the right to make homemade beer for personal, family, domestic, or household purposes, as long as they live in a city or county where alcohol is legal.

The bill exempts home brewers from permits and excise taxes charged by the Department of Revenue, and also allows them to brew up to 200 gallons of beer each year, which can't be sold and can only be taken outside a home for a tasting event or competition.

"I started at the Keg and Barrel on basically a home brewing system, but you know, really just crazy excited for all the home brewers," said Keg and Barrel Owner, John Neal. "They'll be business opportunities for people in relation to home brewing coming to the city of Hattiesburg, and just people being more knowledgeable about beer and more specifically about craft beer.

The bill has yet to be passed by Governor Phil Bryant.

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