The craft beer scene in Mississippi has grown steadily since bans against homebrewing and beer above 6 percent alcohol by volume were lifted in 2012.
On May 9, Southern Prohibition Brewing (www.soprobrewing.com) is celebrating its second anniversary with a street party in the brewery's Hattiesburg neighborhood. The party starts at 2 p.m. and includes music, tours, food from local vendors and food trucks, the opportunity to purchase the brewery's anniversary Lazarus Abbey Quad ale (which otherwise won't be available until July), and of course, plenty of of beer in the beer garden. Downtown Hattiesburg's Mobile Street will be closed to automobile traffic during the event.
Beers from new Gulfport brewery Chandeleur Brewing Company (www.chandeleurbrew.com) arrive in New Orleans this week through Southern Eagle Distributing. The brewery's four core beers will be available on draft: Lil' Smack IPA, Surfside Wheat Ale, Curlew's Toasted Coconut Porter and Freemason Golden Ale.
Co-founder and Gulfport, Mississippi native Cain Roberds is excited about entering the Louisiana market, since that's where the company's namesake island chain is located, and he spent years boating and fishing in the Chandeleur Islands. The names of all of the brewery's beers reflect landmarks and islands in the chain. Chandeleur's head brewer, Dave Reese, is from Milwaukee.
Chandeleur Brewing has been in production since late 2014 with a 30-barrel brewhouse and five 30-barrel fermenters. The beers are only on draft, but Roberds says he expects to make them available in cans in June.
Reese and the brewery owners will introduce Chandeleur's beers at 6 p.m. Tuesday at The Avenue Pub (1732 St. Charles Ave., 504-586-9243; www.theavenuepub.com).