raise your pintsIt was a big day for homebrewers in Mississippi today! For several years now, legislators, homebrewers, and the npo, Raise Your Pints, have been working tirelessly to legalize homebrewing in the state of Mississippi. After numerous bills crashed and burned in committee, there is finally light at the end of the tunnel! Senate Bill #2183 was approved by the House earlier today and now all it needs is Governor Bryant’s signature! This is a huge win for Mississippi and the homebrewing community, in general. According to the American Homebrewers Association, it can be estimated that about 1 million Americans brew beer (or wine) at home once a year. Now, with Mississippi legalizing it, Alabama is the only state where homebrewing is still considered illegal. and although a new Alabama bill legalizing homebrewing has passed the House Economic Development and Tourism Committee, Alabama still has a long way to go in getting some of their representatives to understand that “homebrewing is not about promoting intoxication.”

fix the beer taxIn Tennessee beer news, the bills for the “Fix the Beer Tax” campaign will be put up to a vote next week in committee! If  you’ve ever wondered why the craft beer selection in Tennessee seems a bit lacking, here are the facts surrounding this push for beer tax reform. This change would not only bring more breweries to the state, but more breweries means more jobs… which is always a good thing. Nick and I attended the Memphis rally in February and there’s a lot of support for this, so hopefully that support will continue in the House and Senate. The rest of the country has already embraced the craft beer movement and it’s time Tennessee did, too!

MemphisGPO LogoAnd finally, in Girls’ Pint Out news, I’m happy to announce that I’ve finalized our very first event! The Kickoff/Meet & Greet Event will take place on Wednesday, March 24 at 7pm at Young Avenue Deli. I’m super excited to get things going with this and i’m hoping for lots of great events for our inaugural year! I’m also happy to announce that one of our members has already graciously offered to be our event photographer! And if you know me at all, you know that I love documenting anything and everything with pictures, so this is exciting news — cheers!

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