The pounding of hammers and the smell of sawdust will soon be replaced with the sound of happy patrons and the enticing aroma of freshly-brewed beer. Crying Eagle Brewery in Lake Charles, Louisiana, is in the final phases of construction and plans to open its doors in June, according to the company’s co-founder and President, Eric Avery.
The brewery is located at 1165 E. McNeese Street in Lake Charles on 10.45 acres of land. The natural tree line was left in place, providing a scenic entrance to the 15,000 square-foot facility, which features a 7500 square-foot production space, a 4000 square-foot tap room, a 3000 square-foot indoor/outdoor mixed-use rental space, and an expansive outdoor beer garden. Crying Eagle will also offer tours, special events, live music, beer dinners featuring local chefs, a "brewers’ playground” for experimentation and customer feedback on new brew flavors, and many other activities for visitors to enjoy.
Crying Eagle plans to offer a diverse portfolio of beer styles, and will launch production with three brews, Calcasieu Common, a steam beer; The Chuck, an American cream ale; and Ready to Mingle, a Belgian-style single. Initial distribution will be concentrated in the Louisiana market, with Crescent Crown serving as the distributor. Avery says the flavor portfolio will be expanded over time. The brewery’s brew master, Bill Mungai, is already hard at work in his "brewer’s playground” on the next release.
"After years of research, planning, and construction, we are extremely excited to welcome the public to Crying Eagle,” says Avery. "We’ve brought the best of everything we’ve learned and combined them with our own ideas to develop a world-class brewery and entertainment center in Southwest Louisiana. There are very few facilities in the country that offer everything we will have, all in one location. Our goal is for Crying Eagle to become a destination location for the region.”
Visit www.cryingeagle.com for additional information on Crying Eagle. Information and construction updates will also be posted on the company’s facebook page: www.facebook.com/CryingEagleBrewingLA. SaveSave SaveSave