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.
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.
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.
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.