40 Arpent Brewing
For most, the smell of a hot crawfish boil or grandma’s cooking brings back a flood of childhood memories in Louisiana. For Michael Naquin, it’s the smell of the St. Bernard 40 Arpent Canal and a good homebrew that takes him back to the beginning of 40 Arpent Brewing Company’s journey. It was Naquin’s older brother’s homebrew that marked the beginning of his love affair with craft brewing. In 2000, Naquin paddled his way up the bayou to settle in New Orleans, down the street from Acadian Brewing Co. where his love for the craft of brewing beer shifted from an interest to a calling.
After years of studying and working at microbreweries from North Carolina to The Big Easy, Michael had the tools he needed to open up 40 Arpent Brewing Company in 2011. An arpent is a French unit of land measurement—slightly smaller than an acre—that was originally used by the French to divide property along a waterway. Land grants given by the King of France to Louisiana residents were often six arpents wide by forty arpents deep. The land grants created several 40 arpent canals that allowed inhabitants access to waterways as well as a chance to develop their land. St. Bernard’s 40 Arpent Canal, which was built in the 18th century, stretched from what is now the Faubourg Marigny, roughly paralleling the Mississippi River on the East Bank down through modern St. Bernard Parish and part of the East Bank of Plaquemines. Given the brewery’s location on the banks of the Mighty Mississippi River in Arabi with the New Orleans skyline on the horizon, the name was a natural fit.
While they may be the new kids at school, 40 Arpent Brewing Company has already seen a strong response to their flagship beers. The first of which is a delightful Milk Stout brewed with lactose that gives the beer an extra touch of sweetness and creamy mouth feel. It has hit taps around the greater New Orleans area with a bang. Next up will be their intriguing Red Bean and Rice Ale. Brewed with locally grown red beans and Louisiana rice, the lighter beer is as sessionable as it is flavorful. Unlike a thick bowl of sausage laced red beans, the ale will be crisp and refreshing with just a hint of starchy goodness from the adjunct ingredients. 2014’s spring seasonal is the Delacroix Belgian Ale, a beer that is light and clear in color but packed with Belgian style flavor. Lots of great things are coming from the 40 Arpent Brewing Company. Be on the lookout for more beers on tap and tours at the brewery as they continue to brew creative, inspired beer.