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Beer Buzz: two new breweries open in Louisiana 

click to enlarge Southern Craft Brewing co-founders Joseph Picou and Wes Hedges with their 15-barrel brewhouse.

Courtesy Southern Craft Brewing Company

Southern Craft Brewing co-founders Joseph Picou and Wes Hedges with their 15-barrel brewhouse.

Two Louisiana breweries opened this month. CottonPort Brewing ( opened in Sterlington April 2 in Ouachita Parish in northern Louisiana. It was founded by father-son team Troy Duguay Sr. and Troy Duguay II along with William Cook.

  CottonPort's flagship beer is Prohibition Cream Ale, and the taproom features Prohibition-era memorabilia. The brewery is open to the public from 4:30 p.m to 10 p.m. on Saturdays, and the taproom serves beers brewed at CottonPort as well as other Louisiana-brewed beers.

  The brewery has an outdoor beer garden, 12 taps and tables with chalkboard tops so artistic patrons can express themselves. Other available beer styles are Kolsch, IPA and stout.

  In Baton Rouge, Southern Craft Brewing Company ( released its beer April 11 at several area bars. It offers Red Stick Rye ale and 8.4 percent alcohol-by-volume (ABV) Pompous Pelican double IPA. Co-founder Joseph Picou says he and partner Wes Hedges plan to open a tasting room in time for American Craft Beer Week (May 16-22). There will be brewery tours, Southern Craft merchandise and beer and customers can have growlers filled. It will be open on Fridays and Saturdays.

  Southern Craft uses a 15-barrel brewhouse system and has a distribution agreement with Mockler Beverage in Baton Rouge. Currently, it does not distribute in New Orleans.

  Southern Craft and CottonPort use local or Southern products when possible. Southern Craft brews with rye malt from North Carolina and sugarcane from Louisiana. CottonPort sources grains from Louisiana purveyors whenever possible.

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