Bayou Terrebonne Distillers

The sign on Bayou Terrebonne Distillers’ building reads “Tradition - Uncompromised.” That says a lot about the Houma-based company. For cousins Noah Lirette, Nick Hebert and Rodney Lirette, distilling is in their blood. Their grandmother, Lily Lirette, made moonshine during the days of Prohibition to support her family. Fast-forward nearly a century to 2017, and Bayou Terrebonne Distillers was founded.

The distillery is located on the banks of Bayou Terrebonne, housed in a renovated 1921 shrimp processing plant. There, the team makes small-batch white whiskey (named Contraband in honor of grandmother Lily) and Good Earth, a barrel-aged bourbon named for the English translation of Terrebonne. Louisiana corn is used in the distilling process, and the stills themselves were crafted locally. As of February 2020, Bayou Terrebonne Distillers is still in the process of bottling its first batches, which should be in full production soon.