Lazy Magnolia Brewing Company opened in 2003 as the first brewery in Mississippi since Prohibition, and its brewers discovered a way to convert the rich nutty flavor of pecans into a refreshing beer – and that’s just one of their innovations.
Their Southern Pecan Nut Brown Ale is softly sweet and malty and is enhanced by caramel flavors. The brewmasters experimented by blending grains and pecans until they eliminated the typical oily nature of the nuts. The result is a light, yet flavorful, brew.
For a fuller flavor, sample Lazy Magnolia’s Jefferson Stout. Made from sweet potatoes and lactose (milk sugar), it uses one of the Magnolia State’s largest crops, the lowly orange spud. This dark beer unites chocolately coffee notes with a tinge of cream.
The brewery, just north of Bay St. Louis and west of Biloxi, keeps about eight different concoctions in different stages on hand. You can see the process during tours offered on Thursday and Friday afternoons. (Private tours are offered at other times.) Although Mississippi laws preclude sales at the brewery, tours do include tasting flights. Lazy Magnolia’s products are in stores in Mississippi and 15 other states – maybe even yours.