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Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Brewsday Tuesday: New Louisiana breweries to open in 2016

Posted By on Tue, Nov 17, 2015 at 9:00 AM

click to enlarge Present at Crying Eagle Brewing Company's groundbreaking ceremony were (left to right) Lake Charles Mayor Randy Roach, Calcasieu Parish Police Juror for District 9 Kevin Guidry, First Guaranty Bank CEO Alton Lewis, Louisiana Sen. Ronnie Johns, Larry and Eric Avery and Bill Mungai of Crying Eagle Brewing Company, George Swift of SWLA Economic Development Alliance and Ben Tommasi of Tommasi Construction. - COURTESY CRYING EAGLE BREWERY
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  • Present at Crying Eagle Brewing Company's groundbreaking ceremony were (left to right) Lake Charles Mayor Randy Roach, Calcasieu Parish Police Juror for District 9 Kevin Guidry, First Guaranty Bank CEO Alton Lewis, Louisiana Sen. Ronnie Johns, Larry and Eric Avery and Bill Mungai of Crying Eagle Brewing Company, George Swift of SWLA Economic Development Alliance and Ben Tommasi of Tommasi Construction.

Crying Eagle Brewing Company broke ground on Oct. 10 for 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 the Avery Family Development Group says his team has been researching the best practices for brewing 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 brewery’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 in 2016. It will be the city's second brewery, joining  Tin Roof Brewing Company. 

Picou and Hedges began construction of the brewery and taproom this fall and have signed with local distributor Mockler Beverage. They hope to start brewing on its 15-barrel system and begin distribution in early 2016.

According to Southern Craft’s website, the brewers will use local ingredients to “put a unique Southern spin on their hand-crafted beer.” The brewers have not announced the beers they plan to release.

In New Orleans, Urban South Brewery and Wayward Owl Brewing Company. are well into construction phases. 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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