Broken Wheel Brewery

Business is hoppin’ at Broken Wheel Brewing in downtown Marksville. It’s the latest addition to Avoyelles Parish’s long list of first-class attractions.

The new brewery (founded in early 2015) has the distinction of being the only beer making operation in central Louisiana. And if the early buzz within the craft brewing community is any indication, you’ll be hearing — and hopefully tasting — a lot more from Broken Wheel.

“Business has absolutely taken off,” says Jonathan Knoll, Broken Wheel founder and owner of Fresh Catch Bistreaux, where the brewery is located. The ales have become so popular, he says, “We are trying to keep up with demand, selling our beers until we run out.”

Among those beers are the colorfully named Pachafa Pale Ale (named for a local bogeyman-type creature that haunts the local forests), the Spring Bayou Blonde Ale, the Muddy Waters Brown Ale and the Grand Chien Milk Stout.

Stop by Fresh Catch Bistro for a bite and a pint, or pick up a 64-ounce glass bottle (otherwise known as a growler) and take a tour of Broken Wheel’s operations, housed in a former oyster shucking room behind the bar.

Tours are held on an on-call basis. “I’m here every day,” says Knoll. “I’ll give anyone a tour when they show up. Just ask.”