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It's been exactly one year since Mississippi Gulf Coast breweries were legally allowed to serve and sell beer in their taprooms, but that hasn't stopped the local industry leaders from putting years of hard work into their craft (pun intended). But in that one short year, business has been booming! Be sure to check out at least one of these breweries, if not all of them the next time you're visiting the Coast!
Craft beer in Mississippi may no longer end with "Lazy Mag," but it definitely begins there. Mississippi's oldest brewery began brewing 15 years ago and never looked back. One of the most popular craft breweries in the country, Lazy Magnolia is located in Kiln, MS and also serves delicious food in their taproom. As their distribution is the widest among the Coastal breweries, the tour of the facility is definitely one you'll want to take. When it comes to the beer itself, you can't go wrong with any of them, but the Southern Pecan is what made them famous, and the Southern Hops'pitality IPA is also a local favorite. Pro tip: Try the adult ice cream float (two scoops of ice cream topped with the sweet potato stout).
Chandeleur Brewing Co., or "Chandy" as the locals often call it, is located in the heart of downtown Gulfport and features an impressive and diverse lineup of craft beers. If you're looking to watch the big game and have some great beer while on the Coast, this is as good a spot as any. The H90 is a delicious pineapple wheat that you can drink year round, and the saison on tap might be the best summer beer you'll have on the Coast! Chandeleur frequently has fun events and live entertainment going on, so make sure you get over there and try their brews!
Biloxi Brewing is located a stone's throw from the Biloxi Shuckers' stadium (MGM Park), and it really is a match made in heaven. You can go have a couple cold pints at the taproom and then walk straight to the stadium during the season and catch some quality baseball while you sip on even more Biloxi Brewing beer! The Salty Dog Gose and the Biloxi Blonde are both equally delicious, and the brew master Mark is as nice as they come!
New to the Area
Crooked Letter Brewing Co. is back in Ocean Springs after briefly closing. They're located on Porter Avenue where Val's used to be. This writer has yet to try Crooked Letter, but has heard good things about both the beer and the food!