JACKSON, Miss. – You think you would be able to sell beer out of the place that you brew it, but that is not the case in Mississippi. That is why Mississippi breweries are lobbying for new bill which would allow them to sell their beer on site in limited amounts.
“This is important because it’s tied into tourism. People visit a brewery, take a tour, maybe leave with a six pack from the gift shop, or buy a pint of beer there. It creates brand loyalty and excitement. It encourages people to buy that beer later on in grocery stores, restaurants, and bars.” said Raise Your Pints President Butch Bailey. “As a result, Mississippi breweries make much less on average per barrel of beer they make and sale than any other state.”
Baily said after prohibition a three tier system was put in place, meaning you have a brewer, a distributor, and a retailer, to prevent monopolies. However, 46 other states have an exclusion law for local breweries to have limited on-site-sales to promote tourism.