While some couples plan a “date night” regularly, my husband and I opt for a date DAY. We find the kids would rather bum around the house during the day and less inclined to tag along if it cuts into their lazy weekend routine. I have teenagers so they are either non-stop on the weekends or become vegetables on the couch come Saturday morning.
Recently my husband & I started our date day by visiting a local brewery in Mississippi. Although I live in Southeast Louisiana, the Mississippi Gulf Coast offers so many attractions at an affordable price, it’s hard to pass up a great deal, plus the scenic drive is totally worth it!
Lazy Magnolia Brewing Company has been in operation for over 10 years in the Bay St. Louis / Kiln area! I’m glad we visited when we did because the facility has certainly grown over the years. Established in in 2003, Lazy Magnolia is the oldest packaging brewery in Mississippi and offers educational tours for a steal at $10 per sampling adult which includes a Lazy Magnolia pint glass as an added bonus.
Our tour started with friendly and welcoming staff members. The tour took place on a busy Saturday morning. My husband and I anticipated a small tour group until a bus pulled up which gave us over 30 people in our tour. You would think this would be a problem but on the contrary. Ginger our tour guide was a hoot! With another staff member assisting her (I can’t remember her name), they were able to entertain us with funny jokes and witty conversation.
My husband and I have participated in many winery tours so we’re familiar with the tour process. The tour lasted about 45 minutes with information regarding 6 craft beers, history of Lazy Magnolia and touring various aspects of the brewery. We laughed, drank and most important to Ginger: Don’t die! She’s a riot but seriously listen to your tour guide: Safety First!
Over the last decade, the Mississippi Brewery trail has exploded as craft beer has been on the rise. Mississippi is home to nine brewing companies, four of which call Mississippi Gulf Coast home. While we haven’t visited all of the Mississippi breweries just yet, we do plan on visiting the remaining 3 in our area in the near future.
Most tours like Crooked Letter Brewing Company offer tours as low as $5. Like Lazy Magnolia, several breweries are strictly tour only. Mississippi Brewing in Gulfport offers lunch and dinner options which is always a plus.
The beauty of having a brewery in the Mississippi Gulf Coast area is that it’s the perfect location to drink, eat and enjoy the Gulf of Mexico as your back door. Chandeleur Brewing Company is located in a 8,000 sq. ft. historic building, just blocks from the beach in downtown Gulfport, Mississippi. I can’t think of a better way to enjoy a date day than by visiting a local brewery in your area.
Although you must be 21+ years to participate in the craft beer sampling tours, Lazy Magnolia and other brewing companies allow children to tour the facility for free.