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Crying Eagle Brewing Company breaks ground in Lake Charles and other Louisiana brewery news 

click to enlarge Crying Eagle Brewing Company's groundbreaking ceremony.

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Crying Eagle Brewing Company's groundbreaking ceremony.

Crying Eagle Brewing Company broke ground Oct. 10 on its 15,000-square-foot facility in Lake Charles. The project includes a production brewery, taproom, indoor and outdoor stages, private event facilities and an outdoor beer garden. Brewery president Eric Avery of Avery Family Development says his team has been researching best practices by visiting breweries across the country for the past two years.

  "We've brought the best of everything we've learned and combined them with our own ideas to develop Crying Eagle," Avery says. 

  Crying Eagle ( brewmaster Bill Mungai is developing the company's first beers, which will be released when the brewery opens in spring 2016.

  In Baton Rouge, homebrewers Joseph Picou and Wes Hedges plan to open Southern Craft Brewing Company ( next year, joining Tin Roof Brewing Company as the city's second brewery. 

  Picou and Hedges began construction of the brewery and taproom this fall and plan to begin distributing their products in early 2016 through distributer Mockler Beverage. There's no word on what the beers will be.

  In New Orleans, Urban South Brewery ( and Wayward Owl Brewing Company ( are under construction. Urban South is transforming a Tchoupitoulas Street warehouse into a brewery and taproom, and Wayward Owl is developing a facility in Central City's former Gem Theater.

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