New Orleans Style Beer Brewed In Monroe for Mardi Gras

We are just a few days away from one of the biggest celebrations in New Orleans, Fat Tuesday.

For many residents the celebration will bring some sort of normalcy to the city still recovering from hurricane Katrina, but now one local company is working to bring back a hometown favorite.

Voodoo Lager, Jazz beer, just a couple of beers that are hometown favorites for New Orleans residents, now after a 18 month hiatus the beers will once again be back in the Big Easy, thanks to Minhas Craft Brewery.

Dixie Brewing Company known for its New Orleans style beer is coming back.

"Dixie Brewing is a brewing company out in Louisiana, in New Orleans and their brewery went under literally went under ten feet of water with Hurricane Katrina that occurred there," says Ravinder Minhas, owner of Minhas Craft Brewery.

Whatever was not damaged was taken by looters, now after 18 months without the beer, Minhas Craft Brewery will step in to make the beer, production starts on Fat Tuesday.

In New Orleans residents are already celebrating Mardi Gras but as the parades go by no one can forget how Hurricane Katrina changed the city.

"Even to this site today they still don't have electricity there so I don't think they're going to start their brewery up again from what we understand," Minhas said.

But Minhas Craft Brewery hopes to bring the beer back to the bayou and to other states and hopes to bring back a little piece of home to the city still hurting from Hurricane Katrina

"I think A it's a great compliment that they came to us, B that we get to help someone out that, thanks to a natural disaster they're no longer in business," Minhas said.

Fat Tuesday is next week, the beers will not make it to New Orleans in time but they will be available for another big celebration the Jazz Festival, which is in May.

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