GULFPORT, MS (WLOX) - Breweries across the coast are celebrating a new law with booming sales. Saturday, micro-breweries in the state started selling craft beer in their own brew pubs.
The new law means it's a new day for breweries around Mississippi. The staff at Chandeleur Island Brewing Company in Gulfport is in high gear after the legislature passed a bill allowing them and other craft beer makers to start selling and serving product on the premises.
For microbreweries in the state, this is a big break and an opportunity for everyone to take advantage of the economic possibilities.
"We've been waiting for this for a long time. It's a great thing for the breweries and the state. Everyone wins with this. It changes what we can do and it changes our focus. We hearing from the consumer and getting valuable feedback in the taproom. This is really going to help us grow and work on our selections," said Brewmaster Dave Reese.
The door on the new law opened Saturday. It was a memorable moment in the history of this homegrown brewery.The Chandeleur tap room was jumping.
"Saturday was pretty electric.There wasn't a lot of room to move in here.We had a great time. Everyone had a great time. We got some fans and made some friends," Reese said.
This is how excited people are about the new law. Chandeleur was scheduled to be closed Monday for the Fourth of July holiday. Their phone was ringing off the hook and people were reaching out on social media, so they decided to open Monday afternoon.
"We're going to have to hire some more people. This is a huge impact on our business. It's going to draw people into our tap room. It's great for tourism and will be good for everyone around here," Reese said.
Chandeleur served almost 1,600 pints, which amounts to about 100 kegs on Saturday and sold 30 cases to go.