Lazy Magnolia Brewery, the oldest existing craft brewery in the state of Mississippi, is expanding in a big way.
The brewery was revolutionary when it opened. It was the first brewery in the state of Mississippi in decades and it opened in spite of supposed laws on the books that claimed a brewing business was illegal in the state. But owners Mark and Leslie Henderson challenged the law and today, they operate the largest craft brewery in the state with a production that is approaching 17,000 barrels annually.
Lazy Magnolia increased its brewing capacity this past July, 2012 and before the next year is through, the brewery plans to expand its space to the tune of almost 30,000 square feet. The brewery is currently around 10,000 square feet so the move, which will take place sometime in 2013, will enlarge its operation exponentially.
The larger space means that Lazy Magnolia will have the capacity to brew around 45,000 barrels annually. This is enough capacity to satisfy the growing demand for many years, not to mention enough space to expand tours and other offerings that are popular with visitors.
Lazy Magnolia Brewing is best known for its Southern Pecan Nut Brown Ale, but the company has several other styles in its portfolio, each with its own distinct personality and fan base. Southern Gold Honey Ale, Deep South Pale Ale, Jefferson Stout, Indian Summer Wheat, and Southern Hospitality IPA each has something unique to offer and the satisfied fans across the southern states are a testament to the beers’ staying power and growing sales.
Lazy Magnolia Brewing products are presently sold in Mississippi, Georgia, Louisiana, Texas, Tennessee, and Florida. With the planned expansion and anticipated future growth, there is an excellent chance that residents of other states will see Lazy Magnolia products appear in their favorite stores and taverns in due time. Check the web site and/or follow Lazy Magnolia in Facebook and Twitter for up to date information on future distribution.