Just two years ago, Governor Bryant signed a bill allowing stronger beer in Mississippi. At that time, there was only one brewery in the state. Its bottoms up in Gulfport! The Gulfport City Council approved breweries to come to the coastal city. Ricky Dombrowski, the Gulfport City Council President, says, "This actually allows the ability for mom and pop companies to come in and make beer, basically." The brewery business is spilling over into cities throughout the state. Gulfport City Council says they can now operate anywhere a bar can, as long as they are not too close to churches or schools. Dombrowski also says, "It just gives people the opportunity to make their recipe and get it to the public." There are two production breweries on the Coast, and the people at Crooked Letter Brewing Company welcome another local place to fill your glass. John Myers, the head brewer at Crooked Letter Brewing Company, says, "We think it’s a great thing. The more breweries, the more exposure for us." Myers says every brewery has something to offer. He also says, "I know for us, it's not a competition thing at all. The more the merrier." Gulfport officials say an interested brewery is looking to move into an abandoned building in downtown Gulfport, an area where the beer and the profits that will flow from it, will be welcomed.