Stronger beer heading to Mississippi

Jackson, Miss. - Brewers and distributors are poised to rush stronger beer into Mississippi early Sunday.   It's the start of a new law that allows higher-alcohol beer to be made and sold in the Magnolia State.

The new law allows beer with 8 percent alcohol by weight, or 10 percent by volume, to be sold in Mississippi. That's up from the previous limit of 5 percent alcohol by weight. The move came after years of lobbying by beer lovers and wholesalers.

The higher-alcohol beer can't enter the state until midnight Sunday, but brewers including Louisiana's Abita Brewing Co., Tennessee's Yazoo Brewing Co. and Mississippi's Lazy Magnolia Brewing Co. plan to send trucks to wholesalers Sunday morning.

The wholesalers have promised to deliver kegs and bottles to select bars and stores Sunday for celebrations.

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