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Sep 24, 2013 9:16 PM by Alex Labat

Local Brewmasters Excited by "Louisiana Brewery Trail"

It's another day at work for Parish Brewing Company's owner Andrew Godley.
Work that's become a major industry in Louisiana.
"Every dollar that's spent on a Canebreak or an Envie or one of the beers that we produce, that dollar gets recirculated back into our local economy", says Godley.
In a report from the Wall Street Journal, brewing and distribution of beer generates $2.9 million locally, and more than $970 million in total economic impacts.
The Louisiana Beer Trail hopes to connect seven local breweries which are all accessible from Interstates 10 and 12.
Godley says, "It would be kind of tough to visit all the breweries in one day because they are spread out across most the state."
One of those breweries is the Bayou Teche Brewery in Arnaudville.
Owner Karlos Knott says he's excited for the trail, because it's going to lead beer drinkers off the beaten path, and into their breweries.
"So it really helps the local folks learn about the breweries in our state, and how to get there", says Knott.
The craft of brewing quality beer is something these local brewmasters know all too well, and with this initiative, they're hoping to blaze new trails so that one day, Louisiana will be known as much for it's drinks, as it is for it's food.
"It's a natural door opener for louisiana breweries. Plus people are excited. Our beers are a little different. Our beers tend to be a flavor profile that really goes well with foods that we like to eat, and coincidentally goes well in other areas of the country."

For details about each brewery and things to do near each brew house, head to http://breweries.louisianatravel.com/
Craft Beer Week wraps up Saturday, with the grand finale in the Crescent City for the New Orleans Tap Beer Festival.

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