New brewing company coming to Ocean Springs

OCEAN SPRINGS, MS (WLOX) - The newest brewery in South Mississippi is expected to open its doors in November. Crooked Letter Brewing Company anticipates producing 1,500 to 3,000 barrels of beer every year.

"Craft beer is a really good form of artistic expressions, so it's really going to be good," Donald Richards said.

It's a colorful mixture of flavors to compliment a city known for its unique art. Donald Richards of Ocean Springs said he is thrilled to see a brewery of this kind coming to Government Street.

"I can't wait until I can go into one of the local establishments here like, The Beer House or maybe one of the gourmet restaurants, and actually order one of their brews," Richards said.

"My favorite is we have a porter. It's a mocha porter," Owner Wanda Blacksmith said. "It's infused with chocolate and coffee. And then we have an IPA."

Blacksmith said an Italian lager will also be on tap. She and her husband, Paul, have turned a hobby into a self proclaimed obsession.

"We'll be eating some type of food and we're like, can we make a beer out of this? Can we put this in a beer? That would be awesome," Blacksmith said.

Right now permits and licenses are pending while construction begins to turn the Ocean Springs building into South Mississippi's newest brewery.

"We're hoping November. November 2nd is Paul's birthday so that's kind of our goal to get everything bolted to the floor and ready to go by then."

"Once we start seeing this beer, even outside the area of the Gulf Coast, I think it's going to bring a sense of pride to Mississippi residents," Richards added.

Bubbling over with enthusiasm, the two can't wait to brew, but the anticipation is the hardest part.

"Probably just containing our excitement and wanting to brew," Blacksmith said. "I just cant wait to get everything together and get our license so we can finally start brewing."

The Blacksmiths said since the new craft beer law went into the effect this summer, they plan to take advantage of the opportunity to produce beers with six to ten percent alcohol by volume.

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