Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Brewsday Tuesday: Mississippi breweries strut their suds in New Orleans next week

Posted By on Wed, Feb 5, 2014 at 11:56 AM

click to enlarge Ben Green, Southern Prohibition Brewing's brewmaster, contemplating a glass of deliciousness. - COURTESY SOUTHERN PROHIBITION BREWING
  • Ben Green, Southern Prohibition Brewing's brewmaster, contemplating a glass of deliciousness.

Mississippi has had a growing beer scene since a 2012 change in the law legalized homebrewing and increased the ABV limit from 6 percent to 10 percent. Since then. the number of breweries in the state has increased from one to eight.

Hattiesburg-based Southern Prohibition Brewing will be joining Crooked Letter and Lazy Magnolia to represent Mississippi beer in New Orleans starting next week. Quinby Chunn founded Southern Prohibition in April 2013 and recruited a fellow alumnus from Texas’ Real Ale Brewing Company, Benjamin Green, as brewmaster.

“The camaraderie of Hattiesburg and all of Mississippi showing support of our local brewery and love of the beer has been outstanding,” says Emily Curry, Southern Prohibition’s Sales and Marketing Director.

The brewery started out with two flagship beers — Suzy B blonde ale and Devil’s Harvest pale ale. In June 2013, Chunn and Green added an imperial red ale called Fire Ant to the lineup, and in the fall launched their “Cicada Series” seasonal offerings. The first seasonal in the series was an oatmeal stout called Hipster Breakfast and the current one is 2014 IPA.

Under the jump: a full schedule of next week's tastings ...

Southern Prohibition will be distributed both on draft and in cans in New Orleans and Metairie. On Tuesday, Feb. 11, The Avenue Pub will host the first tapping of the beer in Louisiana and have both Chunn and Green on site to partake in the celebration. On Feb. 12, the team will be at Breaux Mart on Magazine Street for a tasting and then across the street at The Bulldog Uptown for a special Southern Prohibition pint night. The Lucky Rooster in the CBD will be hosting a food and beer pairing on Thursday, February 13. Visit the Southern Prohibition website to stay up to date with the other events that are still being finalized.

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