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Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Brewsday Tuesday: Updates on breweries in Monroe, Louisiana

Posted By on Tue, Jul 5, 2016 at 10:18 AM

click to enlarge Ouachita founder Heath Lord - OUACHITA BREWING
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CottonPort Brewing opened in Sterlington in northeast Louisiana in April, but owner and brewmaster Troy DuGuay Sr. died on May 20. CottonPort closed, but a representative from the brewery says its managers hopes to reopen by September.

Ouachita Brewing Company has been brewing beer in Monroe since Dec. 23, 2015. Owner and brewer Heath Lord homebrewed beer in the area for many years.

Lord uses a two-barrel (bbl) system and brews small batches of Ouachitadown pilsner, 318 IPA, Conflicted coffee porter and Silverwater ESB for local distribution. He recently begun contract brewing his flagship beer, LouisiAmber, at Lazy Magnolia Brewing Company in Mississippi, and Ouachitadown production may move to Kiln, Mississippi in the near future.

Ouatchita Brewing was the first brewery in northeast Louisiana, and the only one until CottonPort opened in April. Monroe has been slow to embrace the craft beer movement, Lord says, but he thinks that locals are catching on. To help encourage interest in beer culture, Lord has served on the Northeast Louisiana Arts Council since 2007.

“We just want to serve our state well and keep that good Southern hospitality going,”  Lord says.

Flying Tiger Brewery is on track to open in Monroe in September.

Co-founders James Simpson and Robert Brewer began construction earlier this year on the 8,000-square-foot facility which will house a 15-bbl brewhouse system, 11 fermenters and brite tanks and a 2,000-square-foot taproom.

Flying Tiger's brewmaster will be Brooks Hamaker, the head brewer and vice president of Abita Brewing Company from 1987 to 1998 and head of operations at Durham, North Carolina’s Fullsteam Brewery. Hamaker will brew blonde ale, IPA, amber ale and nitro milk stout as the brewery’s four flagship beers.

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