Drinking beer is a favorite pastime in Louisiana, and now it's a tourist attraction.
Lt. Governor Jay Dardenne says his office has created the Louisiana Craft Brewery Trail. Dardenne says you can go get information on breweries in the state that offer tours to see how they make their beer.
"Craft breweries are of interest to people who are looking to see how products are used to make other products," Dardenne said.
LouisianaBrewTrail.com has information on each brewery that's on the trail, and it gives suggestions on where you can eat after you take a tour. Dardenne says the trail currently has seven breweries, and all of them are easy to get to from I-10 and I-12.
Abita Brewing Company, Abita Springs; Bayou Teche Brewing, Arnaudville; Chafunkta Brewing Company, Mandeville; Covington Brewhouse, Covington; NOLA Brewing Company, New Orleans; Parish Brewing Company, Broussard and Tin Roof Brewing Company, Baton Rouge. New sites will be added to the trail as Louisiana's craft brewery industry expands. Two breweries in Shreveport, Red River Brewing and Great Raft Brewing, will be the next additions to the trail.
Dardenne says craft beer is a hot industry in the U.S. right now, and they want to take advantage of its popularity by making it a tourist attraction for residents and visitors.
"This is about going to these places and see how the process unfolds and having samples at each of the facilities."