GULFPORT, MS (WLOX) - Right now, a trip to a Mississippi brewery may get you a few tastes of their product, but no one is leaving with a hoppy souvenir.
"The bill will allow us to not only serve by the pint, but it will allow guests to take home beer like in the form of a six pack or growlers. They will actually be able to buy up to six cases of beer in a 24-hour period," said Dave Reese.
According to Reese, who is the brew master at Chandeleur Island Brewing Company in Gulfport, state law only allows them to serve customers up to 32 ounces while at the brewery.
"We get a lot of tourists that come in, and when they find out that we can't sell them a beer, they're dumbfounded, like what do you mean I can't buy a beer here," said Reese.
Chuck Rusch, who is visiting the coast from Georgia, thinks it would be a great help for the breweries if customers could take the product home.
"If you were allowed to leave, you would enjoy it on your own time, so you're more than likely to come back in is my thoughts," said Rusch.
Right now, like most all local craft beers, Chandeleur can be purchased at local grocery stores, but Reese says there are several ways the brewers and customers will benefit from direct sales.
"It's going to help us grow. It's going to create jobs. It's going to create more revenue," said Reese.
Reese said the bill failed last year, so they're being patient but hopeful about the governor signing off on it this time around.
"We're cautiously optimistic. I mean, nothing's for sure, but we're watching closely and keeping our fingers crossed," said Reese.