Yalobusha Brewing makes waves in Mississippi

Forget the Hot Toddy in MS, it’s craft beer you want to sip.

At only 37 years of age, Yalobush owner, Andy O’Bryen, has started 22 businesses. But he says he’s found a keeper with Yalobush brewing in Water Valley, MS. THe town of less than 4,000 residents is just and hour and half from Memphis. The Yalobusha brew building, originally built in 1860 as an old Ford Motor factory, still retains much of its historical ambiance. The building is even listed on the National Registry of Historics Places. In fact, there is little signage at all for the brewery, something O’Bryan says was really important to him in preserving history.

Tony Balzola, head brewer, hails from Portland, Oregon where he had been a head brewer with McMenamin’s Brewing for the last 13 years. Here, Tony was able to oversee the quality of the beers brewed at Yalobusha.

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Up until recently a tasting passport was still needed to try beers at the Yalobusha but laws have recently changed.

You’ll want to stop into Yalobusha to see sample some of the seasonal releases only available at the brewery. Of course there are other mainstays on the menu that are quite tasty. These brews include:

  • Snopes Pilsner
  • Mississippi Blues Trail
  • Larry Brown Ale
  • Coffee Break Happy Hour Porter

The brewery is open to the public on 2 to 10 p.m. Fridays and 2 to 6 p.m. Saturdays for tours and tasting. Mississippi just passed laws allowing the sale of beer at breweries direct to the consumer instead of buying “tasting tickets” or getting a passport stamped. It may not seem a big feat, but for a state where many counties still remain dry ones, this was a huge win for the craft beer industry. Mississippi was the first state to enact prohibition and the last repeal it.

Check out the short video about Yalobusha and see why the brewery is unique.

Yalo from Blue Magnolia Films on Vimeo.

You can read more about Yalobusha here: http://www.yalobrew.com/our-story