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Raise Your Pints (RYP) is a grassroots, non-profit organization whose mission is to help bring the highest quality beers in the world to Mississippi. We are motivated by a desire to have the same variety of choice when purchasing beer that Mississippi citizens already enjoy when purchasing wine.

Our vision is a Mississippi with a world class beer culture. Our mission; to promote and enhance craft beer culture in Mississippi by working to lift the ban on high gravity beer (Done!); clarify the status of homebrewing as a legal, fun, and wholesome hobby (Done!); promote Mississippi’s beer, brewpub, and brewing industries and small businesses; and work to broaden the appreciation of craft beer for all Mississippians.

 


 

History of Raise Your Pints

In 2007, a small group of people met in Jackson, MS to discuss the archaic beer laws in MS. This small group of people would eventually become a slightly less small group called Mississippians for Economic & Beverage Advancement. Possessing next to no knowledge of the legislative process but plenty of passion, these people set about trying to increase awareness of the issue, recruit supporters and try and make headway against what would turn out to be some pretty substantial opposition, mostly from certain businesses and business interests, to this common sense change that would be a win-win for everyone in our state.

It surprises some people, ourselves included, that the biggest opposition would be businesses engaging in a little “rent-seeking”. With such a small group of citizens, even at MEBA’s peak we had less than 1,000 supporters, the consensus was that our best shot was to get a bill in play and work on individual Senators and Representatives with what support we had.

Without a well staffed organization, the only shot we had was a low-key, friendly campaign that relied on informing the principles and grass-roots supporters while - and this is the catch - not giving too much away to the business interests opposing us. Many hundreds of man-hours went into the fight for that bill and we were disappointed when it failed. For some of us, a better word would be furious.

This was the catalyst that initiated the restructuring of MEBA into the group that will make this change a reality:

 

Raise Your Pints Inc.

We need your help to do this. We can’t do this with a handful of people, and we can’t do this with a few hundred people. Modernizing our beer laws is going to take thousands of us. Please consider signing up as a member. Recruit your friends who love craft beer or oppose government intrusions into our liberty. Participate in RYP fundraisers around the state. It’s our time. This is our chance to be part of history, stand up for individual liberty, and create a Mississippi with a world class beer culture!