SB 2552: Expand craft brewery freedom

By Mississippi Center for Public Policy
February 19, 2020

Senate Bill 2552, sponsored by Sen. Briggs Hopson, would remove the prohibition on how much alcohol a craft brewery can sell on its premises. 

Currently, breweries cannot sell more than 10 percent of what they produced at their own place of business each year. The law essentially limits what a business is allowed to sell. But this was actually a step forward from the prior law that prohibited breweries from selling directly to consumers. 

Still, the laws are limiting for consumers, and the state’s economy. Mississippi ranks last in terms of craft beer production. While the industry operates with $650 of economic production per capita in Vermont, it only produces $150 per capita in the Magnolia State. 

We can grow the economy by removing regulations and barriers that prevent growth and opportunity. Eliminating this arbitrary cap would be a step in the right direction, and would help the state become a larger player in this growing industry.

MCPP has reviewed this legislation and finds that it is aligned with our principles and therefore should be supported. 

Read SB 2552.

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