Casinos Close To Winning Brewpub Battle - WLOX.com - The News for South Mississippi

Casinos Close To Winning Brewpub Battle

Gov. Ronnie Musgrove has been sent a bill to allow brewpubs to provide free beers to room guests and food and drink to patrons exclusively on premises.

Casinos, especially on the Gulf Coast, had sought approval.

Backers say casinos give complimentary drinks to patrons. They say the casino's high rollers are usually gamblers who stay free and eat free at the resorts and asking them to pay at the brewpubs was not consistent with the service.

The bill also increases the allowable alcohol content for beer produced at the brewpubs from four percent by weight to five percent.

The bill would put brewpubs on the same level with supermarkets, restaurants and other places where beer is sold.

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