A few years ago, the craft brewery scene in Mississippi was something completely different than what you’d experience now. With the craft beer expansion all over the country, the Magnolia State is no exception. There are now more than 10 breweries throughout the state of Mississippi. I visited a few (huge sacrifice, I know) to share with you the different tastes, atmospheres, and experiences you’ll have at these Mississippi breweries.
Lazy Magnolia Brewery
Lazy Magnolia is the oldest brewery in the state of Mississippi. Lazy Magnolia is one huge warehouse—the bottling, packaging, brewing all taking place right in front of you. The laid back, welcoming atmosphere of Lazy Magnolia has made me a repeat visitor of the brewery.
My absolute favorite part about this place is that the first Friday of every month, the brewery holds an aptly named “First Friday” event. Here, you’ll find exactly what you expect in the hospitality state. People of all ages and walks of life come together for a good time filled with beer, music, and food. The best part of this is that you have the chance to try as many beers as you’d like for only $15, and you can take your Lazy Magnolia pint glass home with you!
What to sip: Southern Pecan
Chandeleur Island Brewing Company
Chandeleur Island Brewing Company is named after an island off of the Louisiana Coast. The owners often fish off of this island, and, of course, fishing is not complete without a six-pack (or more). They decided to create their own delicious beverages to take out to the island with them. Nestled in downtown Gulfport, Chandeleur is a completely different experience than Lazy Magnolia (and about 25 miles away).
Chandeleur is a very modern, sleek, new taproom, where you can sit and enjoy a few beers at the bar or play a game of Cornhole with your friends. Because of its prime location, Chandeleur often hosts parties taking up blocks of downtown Gulfport that are fun for the whole family.
What to sip: Surfside Wheat Ale
Crooked Letter Brewing Company
This Ocean Springs brewery is a tough one to catch because it is only open for a few hours on Saturdays, but the visit is so worth it! This quaint communal gathering place is true to its roots of Ocean Springs.
There’s something special about the work of a local artist featured at this brewery … and that’s not just the beer talking. The art scene is huge in Ocean Springs, and you’ll definitely be able to experience that at Crooked Letter.
Local’s Tip: While you’re here, be sure to stop by the Beau Rivage to taste a few beers that Crooked Letter brews specially for the Beau. Not many people know about these select brews, so enjoy each sip with a sense of exclusivity and superiority … or, ya’ know, just drink your beer.
What to sip: Crooked Heffy
Southern Prohibition Brewing
A little further north, you’ll find Southern Prohibition Brewing. There’s a wide variety of brews here, so take advantage. They ensure that they have something for all taste buds!
Besides crafting great beer, Southern Prohibition has an incredibly friendly staff. This Hattiesburg brewery definitely lives up to Mississippi’s reputation of serving up Southern hospitality. Speaking to its college town setting (and the college budget), you can tour and drink samples for only $8.
Must try: Mississippi Fire Ant