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Beer buzz: Crying Eagle opens as Louisiana’s 25th brewery 

Crying Eagle Brewing Company (1165 E. McNeese St., Lake Charles; received its state license to brew beer, making it Louisiana's 25th brewery.

  Brewmaster Bill Mungai is brewing Crying Eagle's initial offerings at the 30-barrel brewhouse: Calcasieu Common, a steam beer; The Chuck, an American cream ale; and Ready to Mingle, a Belgian-style single beer. These flagship beers will be available on draft and in cans, and will be distributed by Crescent Crown.

  Co-founder and brewery President Eric Avery says Crying Eagle's taproom should open by mid-June. The brewery broke ground for construction in October.

  The 15,000-square-foot brewery features 7,500 square feet of production space, a 4,000-square-foot taproom, 3,000 square feet of mixed-use rental space and an outdoor beer garden, according to a press release. Crying Eagle will offer tours, special events, live music, beer dinners and a "brewers' playground" with a small pilot system to brew experimental beers.

  "After years of research, planning and construction, we are extremely excited to welcome the public to Crying Eagle," Avery says. "Our goal is for Crying Eagle to become a destination location for the region."

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