JACKSON, MS (Ben Caxton) — Mississippi just became a much more friendly place for craft beer lovers. The state legislature passed a bill this week that will allow breweries in the state to sell their concoctions to visitors after July 1st. Previously anyone visiting a brewery for a tour could only be served a couple of samples. Small brewers had to sell their beer to a distributor only and were not allowed to sell their own products directly to customers at events or in their own taprooms. The new law allows breweries that sell less than 60,000 barrels of beer a year can sell customers up to two cases of beer per day between 7:00 am and midnight. At least 14 craft breweries operate in Mississippi. The Boulder, Colorado-based Brewers Association estimates craft beer is a $56 billion industry that contributes 424,000 jobs nationally.