Louisiana Purchase Brewing Company

The small towns of Louisiana’s Northshore are booming with breweries, with numerous operations opening over the past few years. Louisiana Purchase Brewing Company in Ponchatoula is among the newest, spearheaded by the husband and wife team of Andy and Lindsey Turcotte.

“We wanted to be an old-style brewery in an old downtown, and Ponchatoula was great for that,” says Andy. His off-the-beaten-path brewery is among good company, with Gnarly Barley and Low Road Brewing just five miles down the road in Hammond.

The Turcottes started out, like many brewers, with a homebrew kit in their home. They began hosting happy hours for the neighbors at their house, getting helpful feedback and improving their batches. Before long, the couple turned their passion into a business, and in April of 2017, Louisiana Purchase officially opened.

The brewery has a large seven-barrel system and a one-barrel pilot system. The smaller one allows Andy to experiment with new brews and tweak his existing ones. He says, “If I do something crazy and the beer doesn’t turn out right, it’s easier to throw away a couple kegs” with the smaller system. You’ll find two beers in constant rotation at Louisiana Purchase, a lager named, appropriately, Lager, and a Kölsch called 1803 (the year of the Louisiana Purchase) that pays homage to the beer’s German origins.

Stop by Louisiana Purchase’s brewhouse and you’ll find seven beers on tap and the entire beer-making system housed within its intimate 1,800 square foot taproom. Tours are available, too — just ask the Turcottes to show you around the room.