40 Arpent, Old Arabi
Opening: Fall 2013. The brewery will launch with its dark wheat Rusty Nail and Creole Red Beans and Rice Ale brewed with Camellia beans.
Cajun Fire, New Orleans
Opening: Early 2014. Rather than focus on flagship brands, Cajun Fire plans to offer at all times three rotating recipes. Test beers have included a Honey Ale, a Root Beer Ale and a Blueberry Lemon.
The Courtyard Brewery, New Orleans
Opening: By the end of 2013. A tap room serving six to eight original beers with a focus on highly hopped IPAs.
Gnarly Barley, West of downtown Hammond
Opening: Before the end of the year. The newcomer plans initially to sell beer in New Orleans, Baton Rouge and on the north shore.
Great Raft, Shreveport
Opening: August 2013. The initial launch in the Shreveport area will include a lager and an ale. Great Raft hopes to expand to New Orleans and Baton Rouge within a year of opening.
Opening: Around October 2013. Two beers, including a King Cake Ale, will be part of the initial launch.
Old Rail, Old Mandeville
Opening: Early July 2013. The brewpub will have seven beers on tap.
Red River, Shreveport
Opening: July 2013. The brewery will launch Louisiana Hay Ryed, an American Wheat with spiciness from rye, in the Shreveport area. An expansion to New Orleans isn’t planned before 2015.
Really glad more breweries are opening up, however....
It appears that some of the new breweries trademark beers are fruit/additive beers. Just my personal opinion, but i believe a good brewery should have your basic beers, but brewed very well, in order to last. As i say this, i think of Parish Canebrake, which started strong with their cane syrup ale. But they impacted the Louisiana scene heavily with Grande Reserve and Farmhouse IPA, and soon Envie could be coming out in other parts of the state.
Cajun Fire, for example, is one i'd be worried about. Their 3 brews are "adjunct" type brews. I hope they are good, but personally, if i were to start a brewery, i'd roll out with high quality, very good standard type ales. Like a great IPA, Pale Ale, Belgian, Saison, Rye Ale, Wheat, etc...
Don't take me the wrong way, i'm not criticizing breweries that i've never tasted. I hope all of them become outstanding breweries, and we have our own south coast beer explosion. I'm just thinking in terms, of what i would do, if i had the money and the time to start my own brewery.