The Top 10 Craft Breweries In Louisiana

The Top 10 Craft Breweries In Louisiana
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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Parish Brewing

Brewed in Lafayette Parish, Parish beers are made fresh with time honored Belgian and German techniques. Parish Brewing’s best known beer is the Parish Canebrake, an American wheat beer made with local Steen’s sugarcane syrup from Abbeville, Louisiana.

Parish Brewing Co., 229 Jared Drive, Broussard, LA, USA, +1 337 330 8601

Tin Roof Brewing Company

Tin Roof Brewing Company founder Charles Caldwell, spent the early 2000s in Colorado working on a ranch and falling in love with microbrew. When he returned home to the South, he realized the area was lagging behind and decided to build his own brewery. He teamed up with William McGehee and brewmaster Tim Daigle to create Tin Roof.

Tin Roof Brewing Co., 1624 Wyoming Street, Baton Rouge, LA, USA, +1 225 377 7022

Covington Brewhouse

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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.
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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

40 Arpent Brewing Company

40 Arpent Brewing Company was founded by Michael Naquin from Houma, who learned to love beer in Asheville, North Carolina and brought his passion home to Louisiana. An arpent is a French land measurement smaller than an acre. During colonial days, the King of France gave Louisiana residents land grants that were 40 arpents wide and deep.

40 Arpent Brewing Company, 6809 North Peters Street, Arabi, LA, USA, +1 504 444 3972

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

Chafunkta Brewing Company

Based in Mandeville, Louisiana, Chafunkta Brewing Co. is named after the Tchefuncte river and former Native American settlement. Chafunkta is a family run brewery team made up of a husband and wife team, with assistance from their sons. The entire family believes in the importance of supporting Louisiana’s craft beer scene.

Chafunkta Brewing Company, 21449 Marion Lane #2, Mandeville, LA, USA, +1 985 869 0716