The Mississippi Brewers Guild has requested that beer enthusiasts take action to oppose legislation detrimental to the state’s small and independent brewers and craft beer consumers.
Please read the following information provided by the Mississippi Brewers Guild:
The Mississippi Brewers Guild is asking for your help in opposing two bills that are the subject of legislative action.
Mississippi legislators will soon meet to consider and vote on SB2590/HB1363. The bills attempt to fundamentally change the relationship between small craft brewers and the community around them. Unfortunately, the language in the bills would have an immediate negative impact on the craft beer industry in Mississippi and threatens the ability of multiple breweries to remain viable. Additionally, the bill may impact relationships that currently exist between established breweries and the banks, landlords, suppliers, distributors, and retailers that support them.
The bills have the unintended consequence of making normal every day, arm’s length transactions between brewers and retailers illegal, including store credit, gas cards, and renting space. This bill, and compliance with it, would likely put small craft brewers in Mississippi out of business.
The Senate bill has already passed committee, while the House bill remains before the Ways and Means Committee.
Please reach out to your elected officials before Wednesday by phone or email and ask them to VOTE NO on the bills. Based on where you live, please find contact information for your Representative and Senator.
It is especially crucial that you contact your State Senators right away, as this bill could be scheduled for a floor vote as early as Wednesday, February 5.
Please alert them to how damaging these bills would be to local craft brewers across the state of Mississippi. Be courteous and respectful, but let them know that you care about Mississippi’s new craft breweries and our positive impact on the communities we live and work in.
Thank you for your continued support of Mississippi’s craft brewers.
Mississippi Brewers Guild
Lazy Magnolia Brewing Company
7030 Roscoe Turner Rd
Kiln, MS 39556
Thanks for your support of Mississippi’s small and independent brewers.
President, Brewers Association
Director, American Homebrewers Association