Beer and drink in Louisiana

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Donner_Peltier_Distillery_alligator-WEBThe deep south of the United States isn’t necessarily associated in the minds of visitors with beer; rum certainly but did you know that distilleries in Louisiana also make gin, vodka and whisky?

Here are just six of the places you might like to visit on a crawl through Louisiana, three distilleries, the biggest brewery in Louisiana and  a museum.

Donner-Peltier Distillers in Thibodaux offers six rum, whiskey, (their spelling) vodka and gin products. Facility tours are offered on Saturdays or by appointment for groups, while a tasting room and gift shop are each day except Sunday.

Louisiana Spirits is home to Bayou Rum and is said to be the largest privately owned rum distillery in the U.S. The factory sits on 22 acres of land in Lacassine and features a 109-year-old farmhouse. Again, the factory is open except on Sunday and guided tours and tastings are offered each day from Tuesday until Saturday.

Cane Land Distilling has begun construction on a 60,000-case capacity rum and rhum distillery in Baton Rouge. The facility on River Road will use Louisiana ingredients to craft their liquors and will include a visitor centre and tasting room when it opens later this year.

Abita Brewing Company in Abita Springs, the state’s first and largest craft brewery, has opened a new visitor centre and brewhouse as part of a $15 million expansion. The new centre will offer free product samples and tours including guided and self-guided itineraries.

The Southern Food and Beverage Museum, the award-winning museum of culinary culture and history, has reopened in its new location, the former Dryades Market on O.C. Haley Boulevard. Plans for the new facility include the Museum of the American Cocktail, the Leah Chase Louisiana Gallery and the Gallery of the States, which will feature culinary exhibits about the South and the District of Columbia.

For more about breweries and distilleries not forgetting wineries in Louisiana, click here.

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