Recent flooding in Louisiana didn't damage any of the breweries in the affected regions, including Baton Rouge, the Northshore and the Lafayette area. All those breweries have organized fundraisers for flood relief, as well as Urban South Brewery, Second Line Brewing and NOLA Brewing Com- pany in New Orleans.
In other brewery news:
• Great Raft Brewing. After its 2016 U.S. Beer Open Championship victory for its mixed fermentation saison Farmhouse Slang, Shreveport's Great Raft has increased its fermentation capacity by 140 barrels, expanded distribution to Arkansas and Texas and acquired technology to improve beer for shipping. Great Raft installed a centrifuge that helps remove microscopic solids from the beer, which creates a more stable and consistent product. This helps maintain quality when beer is transported long distances.
• 40 Arpent Brewing Company. Founder Michael Naquin has been working on construction of 40 Arpent's taproom while also overseeing production and distribution of products. He hopes to open the taproom in September. Visit the brewery's Facebook page for more information.
• Wayward Owl Brewing Company. Wayward Owl received the city permits necessary to install equipment including a 15-barrel brewhouse system, a 45-barrel hot liquor tank, a 30-barrel cold liquor tank, six fermenters, four brite tanks and a tasting room cooler. Owner Justin Boswell says he hasn't set an opening date.