An official groundbreaking ceremony took place for Crying Eagle Brewing Company. The brewery is being constructed at 1165 E. McNeese Street in Lake Charles on more than 10 acres of land. Crying Eagle will produce hand-crafted beers.
"We are incredibly excited to mark the beginning of construction," said the companies president, Eric Avery. "We've spent the past two years researching and planning this project; visiting breweries across the United States to study facility design, production processes and industry best practices. We've brought the best of everything we've learned and combined them with our own ideas to develop Crying Eagle, a world class brewery and entertainment center. There are very few facilities in the country that offer everything we will have, all in one location. We can't wait to make our unique vision a reality that everyone can share."
Crying Eagle's 15,000 square-foot production facility will include a two-story tap room, tasting room, bar, indoor and outdoor stages, private event facilities, and an outdoor beer garden. In addition to serving hand-crafted beers, Crying Eagle will offer tours, beer dinners featuring local chefs, live music performances, and a "brewers' playground" for experimentation and customer feedback on new brew flavors.
Avery believes the first-of-its-kind facility in the Lake Area will be huge for tourism.
"When you have 500,000 people a month that visit our area, we have to believe that some of those will peel off to go see something new, unique, and original to our area," said Avery.
The brewery's brew master, Bill Mungai, has been crafting beer from home for 10 years and is now creating his own original beers for Crying Eagle.
"We want to really focus on the South Louisiana culture, the outdoors, we want to make beers that go well with hanging out outside, sitting by the fire, fishing, golfing," said Mungai. "I've brewed many, many different styles of beer and just working on different recipes and ingredients to find what really we think will taste well, taste good, and work well in this market."
Crying Eagle is expecting to open its doors Spring 2016.