Louisiana is a state known for rich culinary traditions and good times. Our calendars fill with festivals and parties, most of which celebrate food, music or both. As passionate as we are about our cuisine, it was only a matter of time before Louisiana’s craft breweries heeded the call to make flavorful beers that complement our food culture.
Abita Brewing Company paved the way for the current craft beer renaissance in the Pelican State. After opening for business in 1986, Abita is now the 14th-largest craft brewer in the country. Many Louisianians’ first taste of craft beer came from Abita. Now, amidst the American craft beer boom, malt and hops are flourishing along the bayous of Louisiana. Seven craft breweries are open for business, each unique in their efforts, their people and their beers, yet similar in their quests to create flavorful beers that pay tribute to Louisiana’s culinary traditions.
Watch our video to learn more about our unique craft breweries and how Louisiana culture is infused into each brew.
In the heart of Acadiana, Parish Brewing Company in Broussard and Bayou Teche Brewing in Arnaudville represent the soul of Cajun heritage. Central Louisiana is the home to one of Louisiana's newest brewers, Broken Wheel Brewery, located inside Fresh Catch Bistreaux in Marksville. In Baton Rouge, Tin Roof Brewing Company plays a melody of hops that awaken the spirit of Louisiana’s capital city. To the east, a hotbed of brewing activity can be found on Lake Pontchartrain’s north shore. Louisiana communities thrive as the towns of Covington, Mandeville and Abita Springs house Covington Brewhouse, upstart Chafunkta Brewing Company, Abita and Old Rail Brewing. And in the Big Easy, NOLA Brewing Company, Crescent City Brewhouse and Courtyard Brewery capture the essence of jazz, the heart of Mardi Gras and the flavor of Louisiana life. North Louisiana is the newest craft beer destination in Louisiana with new craft breweries Great Raft Brewing and Red River Brewing in Shreveport, CottonPort Brewing in Sterlington (near Monroe) and Flying Heart Brewing in Bossier City. And in south Louisiana don't miss these spots on the trail - Crying Eagle Brewing Company in Lake Charles, 40 Arpent Brewing in Arabi and Gnarly Barley in Hammond. When you come to Louisiana make sure you are hungry. And with the Louisiana Craft Beer Trail, come thirsty too!
-by Jay D. Ducote