- Associated Press - Monday, January 25, 2016

STARKVILLE, Miss. (AP) - The Golden Triangle is getting its first brewery.

The owners of Mayhew Junction Brewing Company say they will begin offering brewery tours at their Starkville facility within the next few weeks. In about a month, their beers will be available at local eateries.

“Initially, Mayhew Junction beer will only be available in kegs or on draft at restaurants,” Jean Mohammadi-Aragh, one of the owners, told The Dispatch this week. “But in the future, we will be bottling or canning as well.”

The brewery is owned by two couples - Jean Mohammadi-Aragh and Derek Irby, of Starkville; and Chris and Katy Edwards, who are Golden Triangle natives now living in Madison.

“We are a local brewery with sights on supporting local craft beer drinkers,” Mohammadi-Aragh said, adding that the initial plan is to make the brewery’s beers available throughout the Golden Triangle and then throughout Mississippi. “Local customers will always be our priority.”

The couples have had the idea of starting a brewery for a while. They began looking for a location in mid-2014. A year ago, they purchased the old Wasson’s Fish House - about 5,500 square feet, vacant since 2008 - and began getting it ready. It’s located at 106 Eckford Dr.

Chris, Jean and Derek are the brewers. Their tastes vary. So Mayhew Junction has eight craft beers that will be distributed by Clark Beverage. The names of the beers include: Mayhew Pale (an American Pale Ale); Mayhew Weiss (a German Hefeweizen); Chocolate Hookup (a milk stout); and Mayhew Mild (an English mild).

“We have many more styles available in our tasting room that may be distributed in the future,” Mohammadi-Aragh said. (At least 13 beers will be on tap during tours.)

Tours will be $10 and will include a tasting glass and six beer samples. Visit mayhewjunction.com for more information.

In case you were wondering, there are seven breweries located in south Mississippi. Mayhew Junction Brewing Co. will be the second in north Mississippi, with the other being Yalobusha Brewing Co., located in Water Valley. (Starkville is home to Sweetgum Brewing Co., but they currently brew in Kiln, near the Gulf Coast.)

Mayhew Junction Brewing Company will employ two to four people within its first year, according to Mohammadi-Aragh.

Lastly, on the subject of beer, we pass this along: Yuengling, the oldest continuously operating U.S. brewery, began distributing its beer in Mississippi on Monday.

Jennifer Holtzman, marketing manager with the Pennsylvania-based brewery, told The Dispatch this week that the brands being distributed in Mississippi are: Yuengling Traditional Lager, Yuengling Light Lager and Yuengling Black & Tan.

One catch: The beers are not coming to the Golden Triangle just yet.

“We are currently working to secure a wholesale partner that covers (that area),” Holtzman said.

Yuengling began brewing in 1829. Mississippi is now one of 18 states where Yuengling is distributed.

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Information from: The Commercial Dispatch, https://www.cdispatch.com

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