With the opening of Chappapeela Farms Brewery in late December, the number of breweries in Louisiana rose to 21, and more will be added this year.
Among the five breweries opened in 2015 are Jonathan Knoll's Broken Wheel Brewery at his Marksville restaurant, Fresh Catch Bistreaux; Flying Heart Brewing, which opened in Bossier City in April; Second Line Brewing opened in New Orleans in August; and Cajun Brewing opened in Lafayette in September.
Other 2015 beer milestones included a collaboration between the University of Louisiana Lafayette and Bayou Teche with the September release of Ragin' Cajuns Genuine Louisiana Ale. Great Raft Brewing partnered with the John Besh Foundation to release a series of beers developed with chefs from various Besh restaurants. NOLA Brewing opened a new taproom and released its NOLA Funk Series of wild-fermented beers.
Urban South Brewery installed fermenters at its Tchoupitoulas Street brewery and is on track to open in early 2016. Wayward Owl Brewing Company is continuing its renovation on the Gem Theater in Central City. Crying Eagle Brewing is expected to open in Lake Charles in spring or summer, and Southern Craft Brewing Company will be Baton Rouge's second brewery when it opens this year. New Orleans will get a beer-focused store and growler-filling shop at 504 Craft Beer Reserve on Tulane Avenue.
Nashville-based Rhizome Productions will bring its high-end food and beer event, Nuit Belge, to New Orleans. The event will feature dishes from local restaurants including Primitivo, Root, Shaya, Angeline, Balise and Toups' Meatery. Each chef will create a dish to pair with an assigned Belgian-style beer.