Brewery, Public Works share former cotton mill site

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One of the last things to go up before renovations are complete, the sign. Cane River Brewing Company, at the old cotton gin site on Mill Road, installed their signage Oct. 12. The City’s public works department shares the site with the new business. Director Michael Braxton said the offices will eventually move to a new location, but for a while the two businesses will continue to share the space. He said their equipment will continue to be stored “out of sight and out of mind” and foresees no problems with sharing the space. Photo by Juanice Gray

By Juanice Gray, jgray@natchitochestimes.com

Cane River Brewing Company made it official with the installation of their sign, fabricated by Bryant’s Decorative Welding, Friday, Oct. 12. The brewery will offer eight types of beer, Pilsner, APA, IPA, Kolsch, Porter, Hefeweizen, brown ale and Belgian, along with two non-alcoholic soda options, root beer and cream soda, all brewed in-house according to Cade Gentry, co-founder.

Slated to open late October or early November, they will announce operating hours just prior to the opening. “People can expect a laid-back, family-friendly environment where they can enjoy unique craft beer, watch sports and hang out with friends,” said Justin Krouse, co-founder.

The business has its own designated parking area separate from the Dept. of Public Works. “We don’t anticipate any conflicts when it comes to hours of operation,” Krouse said.

 

Brew Sync ‘18 slated for Nov. 14

The Natchitoches Jazz/R&B Festival Board of Directors announced it will present “Brew Sync ‘18,” a lip-sync contest fundraiser at the Cane River Brewing Company Wednesday, Nov. 14, at 6 p.m. The event will consist of a lip-sync competition between teams of two or more. Entry fee for the teams are $250 each with each team receiving up to five free tickets to the event.

Varieties of beer produced by the Cane River Brewing Company will be featured as well as other refreshments and food provided by food trucks. “Teams are limited only by their imagination,” said Claire Mayeaux, co-chair of the event. “We have already heard that some teams are putting together costumes and starting to work on dance moves. We think it’s going to be a blast for the participants and the people in attendance.” Mayeaux also said that several teams had already entered and that the event would be limited to 15-20 teams. “Some businesses and organizations are sponsoring other teams,” said Mayeaux.

“For example, the Harrington Law Firm is sponsoring a Fire Department team.” The new Cane River Brewing Company, a microbrewery, is housed in a refurbished cotton gin building on Mill Street. For more information and a Lip-Sync Team Application, contact Mayeaux or Brooke Latham at The Bank of Montgomery at 352-3060 or Judy Hardee at the Harrington Law Firm at 352-5900.

A limited quantity of tickets, at $25 each, may be purchased at the Harrington Law Firm at 459 Jefferson St. or at the main branch of The Bank of Montgomery at 814 Washington St.