Mississippi has had a growing beer scene following the passage of a 2012 law that legalized homebrewing and increased the alcohol by volume (ABV) limit from 6 percent to 10 percent. The number of breweries in the state has increased from one to eight.
This week, Hattiesburg-based Southern Prohibition Brewing joins Crooked Letter and Lazy Magnolia brewing companies to represent Mississippi beer in New Orleans. Quinby Chunn founded Southern Prohibition in April 2013 and recruited fellow alumnus from Texas' Real Ale Brewing Company, Benjamin Green, as brewmaster.
"The camaraderie of Hattiesburg and all of Mississippi showing support of our local brewery and love of the beer has been outstanding," says Emily Curry, Southern Prohibition's Sales and Marketing Director.
The brewery started out with two flagship beers — Suzy B blonde ale and Devil's Harvest extta pale ale. In June 2013, Chunn and Green added an imperial red ale called Mississippi Fire Ant to the lineup, and in the fall launched their "Cicada Series" seasonal offerings. The first seasonal in the series was an oatmeal stout called Hipster Breakfast and the current one is 2014 IPA.
Southern Prohibition will be available on draft and in cans in New Orleans and Metairie. On Tuesday, Feb. 11, The Avenue Pub will host the first tapping of the beer in Louisiana. On Feb. 12, Chunn and Green will be at Breaux Mart on Magazine Street for a tasting and then across the street at The Bulldog Uptown for a Southern Prohibition pint night. The Lucky Rooster in the CBD will host a food and beer pairing Thursday, Feb. 13. Visit the Southern Prohibition website (www.soprobrewing.com) for more information.