Parish Brewing opens tap room

Parish Brewing Co. of Broussard has opened a tap room and is now the first brewery in Louisiana selling beer directly to consumers.

Andrew Godley, Parish Brewing’s founder and brewmaster, said the brewery sells several varieties of beer, including its popular Canebrake wheat ale and its Envie pale ale.

A state law that was passed in 2012 opened the door for breweries to sell pints and growlers to go to consumers. Parish is the first to take advantage of the new law, but other Louisiana craft breweries are planning to follow suit. NOLA Brewing said it will begin selling beer next month out of its Tchoupitoulas Street tap room, while Bayou Teche Brewing of Arnaudville said it is working on getting the proper permits to allow for on-site sales.

Parish is selling beer by the pint, in special bottles and in refillable half-gallon growlers. The growlers can be purchased from the brewery, then refilled. Godley said buying growlers is “the most economical and environmentally friendly way to get quality draft beer at home.”

The tap room opens at 2 p.m. Monday through Friday and at noon on Saturday. Free brewery tours are offered from noon to 2 p.m. on Saturday.