American Made in Mississippi: Lazy Magnolia beer, and now wine

KILN, MS (WLOX) - Specialty beers are cooking at Lazy Magnolia in Hancock County. This is Mississippi's oldest packaging brewery.

"That means we've been in business for nine years. We're the trail blazers for the craft beer industry in Mississippi," said co-owner Leslie Henderson.

This homegrown company has enjoyed incredible growth and success with 30 employees and plenty of new brews. Southern Pecan is their flagship beer.

"We have, in rotation anywhere from eight to ten beers depending on the season," Henderson said.

In the world of micro breweries, Lazy Magnolia has put Mississippi on the map. Leslie Henderson said this gourmet beer is being shipped around the South.

"We're in nine states around the southeast. We're in Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, Texas, Louisiana and all the surrounding states."

The company has embarked on a new adventure: Mississippi Nectar. It's Lazy Magnolia's first wine made from local honey, and available now at the brewery.

"We're a native winery. We did this because we're passionate about Mississippi ingredients and there is a lot of honey made in the state," Henderson said with pride in her voice.

Leslie Henderson is very hands on when it comes to quality control. For beer lovers, there is a big difference between the big, brand name brews and beer blended in an intimate environment.

"We're doing gourmet beer. It's a luxury anyone can afford," said Henderson.

To learn more about Lazy Magnolia products, upcoming events and how you can take a tour of the brewery, visit

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