Recent flooding in Baton Rouge and surrounding areas didn't damage any of the breweries in the affected regions. Those breweries include Tin Roof Brewing Company and Southern Craft Brewing Company in Baton Rouge; Abita Brewing Company, Old Rail Brewing Company, Covington Brewhouse and Chafunkta Brewing Company on the Northshore; Gnarly Barley Brewing Co. in Hammond; and Cajun Brewing, Bayou Teche Brewing and Parish Brewing Company in the Lafayette area. All the breweries have organized fundraisers for flood relief, as well as Urban South Brewery, Second Line Brewing and NOLA Brewing Company .
In other brewery news:
• Great Raft Brewing
. After its 2016 U.S. Beer Open Championship victory for its mixed fermentation saison Farmhouse Slang, Shreveport's Great Raft has increased its fermentation capacity by 140 barrels, expanded distribution to Arkansas and Texas and acquired technology to improve beer for shipping.
Great Raft installed a centrifuge which helps remove microscopic solids from the beer, which creates a more stable and consistent product,. This is helps maintain quality when beer is transported long distances.
• 40 Arpent Brewing Company
founder Michael Naquin has been hard at work building a taproom, while also overseeing production and distribution of products. He hopes to open the taproom within a month. Visit the brewery’s Facebook page for more information.
• Wayward Owl Brewing Company
has received city permits necessary to install equipment, including a 15-barrel brewhouse system, a 45-barrel hot liquor tank, a 30barrel cold liquor tank, six fermenters, four brite tanks and a tasting room cooler. Owner Justin Boswell says he hasn't set an opening date.