Mississippi Governor Phil Bryant has signed a bill to legalize homebrewing
The American Homebrewers Association (AHA) is pleased to announce that
Mississippi Governor Phil Bryant has signed a bill that will effectively
legalize homebrewing throughout the state. Mississippi is now the 49th state
to permit homebrewing. A Senate version of the bill passed in early February
and it was then voted on by the State House of Representatives in March.
“From our founding fathers to our current President, this country has a long and
storied tradition of homebrewing,” said Gary Glass, director of the American
Homebrewers Association. “We appreciate the support of all of the homebrewers,
the dedicated grassroots efforts of Raise Your Pints and the legislators who
have worked so diligently to make homebrewing a reality in Mississippi. We are
grateful to Senator John Horhn who introduced this bill and to Governor Bryant
for his quick action and support.”
The 21st Amendment predominantly leaves regulation of alcohol to the states.
Therefore, even though homebrewing is federally legal, it is still up to
individual states to legalize homebrewing in state codes. Prior to today’s
announcement, Mississippi and Alabama were the only two states that did not
allow homebrewing. The AHA will continue working with homebrewers in Alabama to
The hobby of homebrewing has seen exponential growth in recent years. The AHA
estimates that more than 1 million Americans brew beer or make wine at home at
least once a year. Mississippi is home to an estimated 2,200 homebrewers who may
now enjoy brewing without the restrictions of a state-wide ban.