Courtesy Chandeleur Brewing Company
The craft beer scene in Mississippi has been growing steadily since the bans against homebrewing and beer above six percent alcohol by volume were lifted in 2012.
On May 9, Southern Prohibition Brewing (www.soprobrewing.com) is having a street party in the brewery’s Hattiesburg neighborhood to celebrate its second anniversary. The party starts at 2 p.m. and includes music, tours, food from local vendors and food trucks, the opportunity to purchase the brewery’s anniversary Lazarus Abbey Quad ale (which won’t be otherwise available until July), and of course, plenty of of beer in the beer garden. Downtown Hattiesburg's Mobile Street will be closed to auto traffic for the event.
Beers from new Gulfport brewery Chandeleur Brewing Company (www.chandeleurbrew.com) arrive in town this week through Southern Eagle Distributors. The brewery’s four core beers will be available on draft: Lil’ Smack IPA, Surfside Wheat Ale, Curlew’s Toasted Coconut Porter and Freemason Golden Ale.
Co-founder and Gulfport native Cain Roberds is excited about entering the Louisiana market, since that’s where the namesake island chain is located. He spent years boating and fishing in the Chandeleur Islands. All of the brewey’s beer names reflect landmarks and islands in the chain.
Chandeleur Brewing has been in production since the end of 2014 with a 30-barrel brewhouse and five 30-barrel fermentors. The beers are only available on draft, but Roberds says he expects to make them available in cans in June.
Chandeleur’s head brewer, Dave Reese, is a professional brewer from Milwaukee. Tired of winters on the Great Lakes, he sought opportunities in the warmer climates of the South.
Reese and the brewery owners will introduce Chandeleur's beers at two local events: at 6 p.m. Monday at The Bulldog Uptown (3236 Magazine St., 504-891-1516; www.bulldog.draftfreak.com) and at 6 p.m. Tuesday at The Avenue Pub (1732 St. Charles Ave., 504-586-9243; www.theavenuepub.com).