Author: Nora McGunnigle

Nora McGunnigle is a freelance beer writer living in New Orleans. Check out her website,, and find her on Twitter: @noradeirdre.

Crisis Management: Breweries Persevere Through a Year of Natural Disasters Beer It Forward by

In the wake of a string of natural disasters, breweries from California, Houston, and Miami pull together to weather the aftermath of hurricanes and wildfires.

Going Their Own Way: Top Brewers Seek New Opportunities Feature by

After putting in a decade or more at successful companies, a growing number of lauded brewers are fleeing the daily grind to launch their own operations. But why would they want to leave, and why now?

The Personal Trainer: Cicerone Content Director Pat Fahey Will Work For Beer by

As content director, Pat Fahey applied his background in chemistry and academia to expand Cicerone’s reputation as a beer education authority.

Great Raft Brewing: Bringing Local Beer to Northwest Louisiana From the Source by

Andrew and Lindsay Nations moved back to their hometown of Shreveport, La., to create and foster a beer culture in the state’s northwest corner, which is closer to Dallas, Texas, than New Orleans.

Fostering Education, Breweries and Universities Work Together on New Beers News by

From the University of Louisiana at Lafayette’s Ragin’ Cajuns Ale to University of Wisconsin’s S’Wheat Caroline, brewery-university partnerships are about more than making money.

Where to Drink in Birmingham, Alabama Destinations by

Many Birmingham residents would argue today that locally produced beer is what’s rescuing the city. Credit is due in part to the city’s four production breweries—Avondale, Good People, Cahaba, and Trim Tab.

Lazy Magnolia Brewing Company: Mississippi’s Craft Pioneer From the Source by

Mark and Leslie Henderson founded Lazy Magnolia to bring better beer to their home state. Although Mississippi now has 10 breweries statewide, theirs was the first packaging brewery to carry the torch for craft brewing, and did so for seven years under previously restrictive state regulations.

Ale in the Family: As Craft Brewing Matures, Sons and Daughters See a Future in Ales and Lagers Feature by

Do family-run breweries have a future in the current environment? With breweries proliferating at every turn, generational succession is a critical long-range consideration for some companies.

New Orleans Lager & Ale Brewing Company: Growing with the Community From the Source by

NOLA Brewing’s stewardship of the craft scene, focus on high-quality beer, and investment in the community has led to explosive growth in a city that had all but abandoned its historical designation as the Brewery Capital of the South.

Where to Drink in Hattiesburg, Mississippi Destinations by

In 2005, when John Neal opened the Keg and Barrel bar in Hattiesburg, Miss., restrictive laws forbade homebrewing and capped the ABV of every beer brewed and sold in the state at 6.25 percent.

Bayou Teche Brewing From the Source by

Karlos Knott, co-founder of Bayou Teche Brewing in Arnaudville, La., says his team doesn’t consider Bayou Teche a craft brewery, but a “cultural brewery.” Every time he, his co-founding brothers and head brewer Gar Hatcher design a beer recipe, it has to fit in with Cajun south Louisiana food, music and language.