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Hattiesburg Craft Beer Festival Set For April

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HATTIESBURG, Miss. - Hattiesburg is preparing for a second annual beer craft festival.

Organizers held a press conference Monday about the upcoming event.

Craft beer is becoming a part of Hattiesburg's culture.

"It also celebrates the creative economy which Hattiesburg has been a forerunner in this state," said Tom White, president of the Historic Hattiesburg Downtown Association.

In April of 2012, Gov. Phil Bryant signed a law that allows the sale of stronger beer in Mississippi.

"Since then we've been expanding through Mississippi," said Emily Curry of Southern Prohibition said since they started brewing last year business has been booming.

"Next month we are going to be expanding into New Orleans and hopefully we can go further," Curry said.

The state statue allows beer that has up to 8 percent alcohol to be sold legally in Mississippi. Curry said before, it was limited to 5 percent. She said the expansion has significantly increased their business.

"The laws changing has tremendously helped us have a craft beef festival," Curry said.

John Neal, owner of the Keg and Barrel said his business has increased as well.

"I've talked to area restaurants and they've seen a tremendous amount of growth and we think this will take Hattiesburg to the next level of being the number one place to craft beer in the state,"Neal said.

Last year was the first time Hattiesburg held the Craft Beer Festival as a part of Festival South. Organizers say it was such a success, they will branch off this year and have their own event. They made the announcement at a press conference Monday.

"It's a great trend and something where people love to sample and taste beers," White said.

More than 30 breweries statewide will be participating in the Festival.

The festival will be held Saturday April 12 at the Downtown Hattiesburg Train Depot.

Tickets are  $30 dollars and can be purchased online.

 

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