Great Raft Brewing in Shreveport

Louisiana's Booming Craft Brewing Scene

Sure, we have world-class cuisine in Louisiana. Why not sample our craft beer while you're at it?

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.

What started as a brewery trail in 2013 has grown to the Louisiana Libations Trail which features more than 40 breweries (plus wineries and distilleries) statewide. But you'll find craft brewers in both booming cities and small towns in every corner of the state!

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, sharing 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. Bayou Teche is also one of the breweries that features an onsite restaurant. Other locations where you can get a bite with your brew include Port Orleans in New Orleans, Red River Brewing in Shreveport, Broken Wheel Brewery in MarksvilleUtility Brewing in Ruston and Spoke + Barrel Eatery in Mandeville.

Red River Brewing in Shreveport

Get a beer flight at Red River Brewing in Shreveport.

Broken Wheel Brewery in Marksville

Broken Wheel Brewery in Marksville.

Flying Tiger Brewery

Flying Tiger Brewery in Monroe.

Utility Brewing in Ruston

Order a pint and a pizza at Utility Brewing in Ruston.

Other popular Louisiana breweries include Abita Brewing Company in Abita Springs, Tin Roof Brewing Company in Baton Rouge, Gnarly Barley in Hammond, Parish Brewing Company in Broussard, Flying Tiger Brewery in MonroeCrying Eagle Brewing Company in Lake Charles and so many more. 

Travelers flock to Louisiana to eat our cuisine, dance to our music and pass a good time. The Louisiana Libations 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