One would expect a state as passionate about cuisine as Louisiana to be equally passionate about how to wash it down. And like its world-acclaimed food, Louisiana is ready to share its homegrown beverage of choice—craft beer—with the world.
Since its inception in 2013, the Louisiana Brewery Trail has grown to 30 breweries statewide. The highest concentration of brewers are in the area north of Lake Pontchartrain, what we call the Northshore, about a half-hour north of New Orleans. But you'll find craft brewers around the state in cities and towns like New Orleans, Baton Rouge, Shreveport, Natchitoches, Alexandria, Thibodaux, Monroe and Lake Charles to name a few.
Take a tour and spend some time talking with their owners and their brewmasters (often the same person). They often talk in an unfamiliar lingo, giving details on choosing ingredients and efforts to source them, the various processes that go into the actual brewing, scrupulous timing and other details. You’ll walk away having gained knowledge about the brewing process and an appreciation for the exceptional attention to detail that goes into each vat, keg, can and bottle.
Frequently the brewmasters go back to our passion for food and their passion to accent it as brewers. For example, Karlos Knott, the founder of Bayou Teche Brewing in Arnaudville, will be the first to tell you he intentionally formulated his pale ale, Bière Pâle, to go with Louisiana cuisine, particularly seafood.
Other Louisiana Brewery Trail stops include Abita Brewing Company in Abita Springs, Chafunkta Brewing Company in Mandeville, Gnarly Barley in Hammond, Parish Brewing Company in Broussard, Flying Tiger Brewery in Monroe, Broken Wheel Brewery in Marksville and so many more. For more details visit the Louisiana Brewery Trail’s official website.
Travelers flock to Louisiana to eat our cuisine, dance to our music and pass a good time. The Louisiana Brewery Trail is Louisiana’s way of filling in the missing piece in “eat, drink and be merry” for locals and visitors alike.
For more on Louisiana’s breweries, plus information on the state’s distilleries and wine producers, visit Libations.LouisianaTravel.com.