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Louisiana breweries participate in Hattiesburg Craft Beer Festival 

click to enlarge Yalobusha Brewing Company showcased its new beers at the Hattiesburg Craft Beer Festival.

Yalobusha Brewing Company showcased its new beers at the Hattiesburg Craft Beer Festival.

The Hattiesburg Craft Beer Festival showed how Mississippi's craft beer scene has grown in the past year.

  More than 1,000 people attended the event on June 13, and most of the 37 participating breweries were from Mississippi, Louisiana, Alabama and Missouri. The festival featured several Mississippi breweries that sell beer in Louisiana: Southern Prohibition Brewing of Hattiesburg, Lazy Magnolia Brewing Company of Kiln, Ocean Springs' Crooked Letter Brewing Company and Yalobusha Brewing Company of Water Valley. Yalobusha presented two new offerings that support nonprofit organizations: Snopes Family Pilsner and Mississippi Blues Trail farmhouse ale. Gulfport's Chandeleur Brewing Company, recently introduced to the New Orleans market, brought its core beers, including its coconut porter.

  The festival also offered an opportunity to sample beers from new brewers. Natchez Brewing Company has been brewing on Crooked Letter's system until its brewhouse is up and running. Natchez Brewing Company is collaborating with Crooked Letter as well as three Louisiana breweries — Covington Brewhouse, Chafunkta Brewing Company and Tin Roof Beer — to create an Oktoberfest-style beer for release at The Great Mississippi River Balloon Race on Oct. 17.

  Slowboat Brewing Company is working on brewery space in Laurel, Mississippi, and awaiting permits. Attending the festival as a homebrewer, Slowboat served five beers: a milk stout, a gose, a hibiscus wit, a hoppy grapefruit farmhouse ale, and a Cascadian dark ale brewed with coffee.

  Large breweries such as New Belgium Brewing Company, Lagunitas Brewing Company and Samuel Adams also participated in the event, and there were 10 homebrewers from Mississippi and Louisiana.

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