Local Brews

In addition to mouthwatering cuisine, Louisiana also has a lot to offer in terms of locally-brewed beers. Here are a few:

Founded in 1986, the Abita Brewing Company is located 30 miles north of New Orleans. In its first year, the brewery produced 1,500 barrels of beer. By 1994, the company outgrew their original site and moved up the road to a larger facility to keep up with demand. Abita brews over 151,000 barrels of beer and 9,100 barrels of root beer in their state-of-the-art brewing facility.

Parish Brewing Company was founded in 2008 by a man who worked as a chemical engineer before leaving the corporate world to become a brewmaster. Brewed in Lafayette Parish, Parish beer takes pride in being fresh — it has no preservatives and is never pasteurized.

Bayou Teche Brewing‘s founder dreamed of creating a beer that would pair with the Cajun cuisine he grew up eating. He taught himself to brew beer and made several different styles of beers until he found recipes that complemented Cajun and Creole food. He then returned to Arnaudville, where he taught his brothers his secrets and worked with them to brew their first batches of beer together. Bayou Teche Brewing was founded by the Knott brothers in 2009.

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