Today is July 1st, and besides being the first day of a short work week we’re all riding out to get to the fireworks, barbecue and beer, it also marks a significant milestone for homebrewers.
Today, a law legalizing homebrewing goes into effect in Mississippi, which was the last bastion of backwards brewing bans. That makes today the first time since the end of Prohibition that you can brew your own beer anywhere in America without Johnny Law kicking over your brew kettle and putting the bracelets on you.
While this landmark event for homebrewers has no official title, I think it should be celebrated as “Common Sense Day” or “What the Hell Took So Long?! Day” or maybe “This Should Have Happened in 1978 When Homebrewing Was Federally Legalized Day.” I think that last one has a nice ring to it.
The American Homebrewers Association is so thrilled that homebrewers in all 50 states can now legally take part in that passion, they released a statement by their director Gary Glass, who said, “The AHA is thrilled that homebrewers in all 50 states can now legally take part in that passion.” I told you they were thrilled!
So congratulations to all of you Mississippi homebrewers out there – you are now free to have your rig mistaken for a meth a lab!