Thanks to Raise Your Pints, Lazy Magnolia, Phil Bryant, several key legislators, and thousands of craft beer enthusiasts, Mississippi’s legally allowable alcohol limit in beer is soon to be raised. On July 1, 2012 it will be legal to sell beer with alcohol up to 8% ABW or roughly 10% ABV. This will allow several great beers from breweries that currently distribute to the state to be sold now. Below is a list of what beers can be expected on July 1 or shortly thereafter:
These guys/gals have been pushing for the alcohol cap to be increased since day one. They were instrumental in the process of getting this accomplished. You better believe they are brewing up something for July 1 (or shortly after). Lazy Magnolia recently released their Southern Hops’pitality IPA in draft only. This brew hits around 60 IBUs and 6% ABV. They released this as a seasonal brew as draft only (no bottles). My theory is that this will be replaced by a standard year round IPA that is more bitter than 60 IBUs and has a higher alcohol content. I also expect to see some higher hitting stouts and other brews. I’d look to see a lot from these guys in the upcoming weeks. Stay tuned here and to their website / Facebook for upcoming releases. I’d expect some news soon! Show these guys that you appreciate their help in getting better beer into Mississippi and modernizing the laws that regulate beer by purchasing their products. Visit their website for their full lineup. See my post to find their Southern Hops’pitality IPA.
Keg and Barrel, the state’s only brewpub, has always pushed the limits as what’s allowable in the state. Expect to see a Russian Imperial Stout and a Double IPA from these guys once the cap is increased. Keg and Barrel is a sponser of Raise Your Pints and helped to get this legislation passed. Please show your thanks by frequenting their establishment.
Expect to see a “Big Firkin” from these guys for Keg and Barrel to celebrate the cap increase. The only place that I know of to find this will be at Keg and Barrel.
Update (5/22/12 9:12 PM):
Because of the way the law reads there can be no beer shipped or in the warehouse prior to the effective date for the law. For that reason we will rack the firkin into a sankey keg and ship it for delivery the day the law goes into effect.
The beer will be a “Belgian” treatment of Freckle Belly IPA. We will extract about 10 gallons of Freckle Belly IPA that is close to finished from the fermenters and then prime it with Belgian sugar and Belgian yeast to take the normal hop intensity and combine it with the complexities of the Belgian treatment for a one of a kind experience just for Mississippi.
According to the folks over at Yazoo, you can expect to see Yazoo Sue distributed to Mississippi. I am not sure of the timeline and would not expect it immediately, but it will definately be sold in Mississippi soon. Please support Yazoo, as they are also a sponser of Raise Your Pints.
|Save Our Shore (SOS)||Info: Abita | BeerAdvocate|
|Abbey Ale||Info: Abita | BeerAdvocate|
|Bigfoot Barleywine Style Ale||Info: Sierra Nevada | BeerAdvocate|
|Torpedo Extra IPA||Info: Sierra Nevada | BeerAdvocate|
|Vanilla Gorilla||Info: Red Brick | BeerAdvocate|
|HopLanta||Info: Red Brick | BeerAdvocate|
|Big Eddy Russian Imperial Stout||Info: Leinenkugel’s | BeerAdvocate|
|Big Eddy Wee Heavy Scotch Ale||Info: Leinenkugel’s | BeerAdvocate|
|Infinium||Info: Sam Adams | BeerAdvocate|
|Imperial Stout||Info: Sam Adams | BeerAdvocate|
|Imperial White||Info: Sam Adams | BeerAdvocate|
|Wee Heavy||Info: Sam Adams | BeerAdvocate|
|Imperial Stout||Info: Sam Smith’s | BeerAdvocate|
|8||Info: Rochefort | BeerAdvocate|
|Trappist Ale||Info: Orval | BeerAdvocate|
|Tripel||Info: Westmalle | BeerAdvocate|
I would also expect to see more offerings from Rogue in the near future. “And I know the distributors are working on a lot of the imports right now, including some of the Belgians/Trappists.” comments Butch Bailey, president of Raise Your Pints.
Hops & Habanas will carry all of these as they get them from their distributor. Hops & Habanas is a supporter of Raise Your Pints. Please show them that you appreciate their efforts by frequenting their store.
Know of another great retail location to find these brews on July 1? Send it in to email@example.com
Update (5/14/12 10:20 PM):
See my post about new beers coming from North Coast Brewing Company. Not sure of a timeline on this.
Update (5/14/12 11:00 PM):
Leffe Blond is unconfirmed at this time.
Update (5/15/12 9:45 PM):
|Optimator||Info: Spaten USA | BeerAdvocate|
Update (5/15/12 10:25 PM):
|XS I2PA (Imperial IPA)||Info: Rogue | BeerAdvocate|
|Double Dead Guy||Info: Rogue | BeerAdvocate|
|Morimoto Imperial Pilsner||Info: Rogue | BeerAdvocate|
|John John Dead Guy||Info: BeerAdvocate|
Update (5/16/12 9:22 PM):
We will be sending Double Chocolate Stout in September. We are currently not making this stout yet, production starts in August.
Update (5/16/12 9:48 PM):
|Oasis||Info: Tallgrass | BeerAdvocate|
|Velvet Rooster||Info: Tallgrass | BeerAdvocate|
Update (5/22/12 9:40 PM):
|Long Hammer IPA||Info: Redhook | BeerAdvocate|
Update (5/23/12 10:49 PM):
|Hop Strike Black IPA||Info: Tommyknocker | BeerAdvocate|
|Imperial Nut Brown Ale||Info: Tommyknocker | BeerAdvocate|
|Butt Head Bock||Info: Tommyknocker | BeerAdvocate|
Update (5/24/12 10:30 PM):
We are working on getting additional beers distributed to Mississippi after the 7/1 ABW limit is increased, but have yet to confirm what those beers will be. Stay tuned.
Update (6/10/12 3:08 PM):
|Old Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout||Info: North Coast | BeerAdvocate|
|Brother Thelonious||Info: North Coast | BeerAdvocate|
|Dubbel||Info: Ovila | BeerAdvocate|
Update (6/13/12 9:17 PM):
|Two Term Double IPA||Info: BeerAdvocate|
Update (6/21/12 9:50 PM):
|Freckle Belly IPA||
Info: Back Forty
Update (6/26/12 11:02 PM):
The following beers should be coming from Widmer shortly after July 1. Sorry for not posting the label and links. In an effort to post more information, I did not do this.
- Pitch Black IPA
- Rotator IPA – 3 Varities
- BRRR – Christmas Seasonal