(BIRMINGHAM, Ala.) -- The Mississippi legislature passed a bill on Wednesday that could legalize homebrewing beer in the state starting July 1. This would make Alabama the only state without legalized homebrewing.
The Birmingham News reported that the Mississippi bill is awaiting a signature from Governor Phil Byrant. The bill makes it legal for Mississippians who are of age to brew up to 200 gallons of beer a year in a household, assuming they don’t live in a dry county.
There is a similar bill in the Alabama legislature now. If it happens to make it through the House, Senate, and Governor Robert Bentley signs off on it, Alabama could beat Mississipi to the punch, but it is somewhat of a long shot.
Many advocates are focused, not so much on not being last, but legalizing homebrewing at all.
“It's been important to me to see Alabama get it done too," Craig Hendry, president of pro-homebrewing group Raise Your Pints told The Birmingham News. "The main thing is don't give up."
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