Specifically, House Bill 1091 does the following:
- Creates a new “microbrewery” definition;
- Allows microbreweries to sell up to 3,000 barrels per year;
- Grants microbreweries the right to sell up to 80% of their production on-site;
- Increases the on-site sales opportunities for small craft breweries to the lesser of 25% of brewery production or 2500 barrels;
- Allows a small craft brewery or microbrewery to sell up to the ounce equivalent of 5.2 gallons per person per day;
- Grants small craft breweries and microbreweries the ability to obtain retail beer permits and on-premise retail liquor permits.
The opportunities created by House Bill 1091 for the Mississippi brewing industry are significant and meaningful. Now, smaller breweries and microbreweries can sell more of their product at the brewery, mitigating growth pains and easing scale.
All Mississippi breweries, both small craft breweries and microbreweries, can obtain retail beer permits allowing them to sell products manufactured by other breweries. In addition, Mississippi breweries can obtain on-premise retail liquor permits provided such brewery complies with the laws that govern the sale of alcohol beverage products by the glass.
2021 was a big year for the brewing industry in Mississippi and would not have been possible without the effort of the Mississippi Brewers Guild and the Mississippi Beer Distributors Association.