The Top 10 Craft Breweries In Louisiana

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17 November 2016

Before Prohibition, New Orleans was known as the beer capital of the American South, but the decade long ban on alcohol sale and production stalled innovation. Even after Prohibition was lifted, Louisiana and the Gulf South have lagged behind due to stringent state laws. However, as regulations have been lifted in recent years, microbreweries have popped up across the region. We check out 10 of the best craft breweries in the state.

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Abita Brewing Company

Established in 1986 in Covington, Louisiana, Abita Brewing Company was one of America’s earliest successful craft breweries. Today, Abita produces over 151,000 barrels of beer per year, making it the 14th largest craft beer producer in the country. Popular Abita beers include Abita Amber, Turbodog, and Purple Haze.

Abita Brewing Company, 21084 LA-36 Covington, LA, USA, +1 985 893 3143

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Bayou Teche Brewing

Founded by Karlos Knott and his two brothers, Bayou Teche Brewing strives to craft beers that compliment Creole and Cajun food. Karlos was deployed in West Germany for six years, where he learned to appreciate pairing beers with regional foods. Each beer has a unique story, and Cajun French-inspired name. In the true spirit of Cajun hospitality, Bayou Teche often hosts cookouts.

Bayou Teche Brewing, 1106 Bushville Highway, Arnaudville, LA, USA, +1 337 303 8000

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NOLA Brewing

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NOLA Brewing has made quite an impression on New Orleans beer drinkers. The beers are inspired by New Orleans food, festivals, and culture and are today served at most New Orleans dining establishments. NOLA Blonde Ale is NOLA Brewing’s most popular beer, and it was the first ale made by the brewing team.

Covington Brewhouse

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Covington Brewhouse, Covington
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Formerly known as Heiner Brau Brewery, Covington Brewhouse was inspired by Louisiana’s early German settlers who brought charcuterie, sausage making, and beer brewing to the area. Made with Louisiana strawberries, Covington’s Strawberry Ale is one of the most popular beers to come out of the brewhouse.

Great Raft Brewing

Located in Shreveport, Louisiana, Great Raft Brewing brings the craft beer scene to northern Louisiana with an emphasis on beer that pairs well with the flavorful, spicy food that Southerners enjoy. Great Raft brews what they call Real Beer, with fresh ingredients and ‘a passion for greatness’.

Great Raft Brewing, 1251 Dalzell Street, Shreveport, LA, USA, +1 318 734 9881

Gnarly Barley

A husband and wife team, Zac and Cari Caramonta began brewing beer in their garage after Zac’s passion for beer had reached the point of obsession. Gnarly Barley got some early exposure at the New Orleans on Tap beer festival and opened its doors in 2011 in Hammond, Louisiana.

Gnarly Barley Brewing, 1709 Corbin Road, Hammond, LA, USA, +1 985 318 0723

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