Man, it’s hot.

Of course it’s hot. It’s summer in Louisiana. And that means time for iced cold beer.

Acadiana is carving a name for itself in the craft brewing business. Earlier this year, Arnaudville-based Bayou Teche Brewing was featured in the New York Times when the brewery’s Courir de Maris Gras seasonal ale was launched.

See below for two incredible local breweries you can stop by and visit or pick up a sample or two in your local grocer.

Parish Brewing

Parish Brewing
Image courtesy of Parish Brewing

Located in Broussard at 229 Jared Dr., Parish Brewing has been making a name for itself since 2008. Brewmaster Andrew Godley and his team have been cranking out hits like Canebrake and Envie that can be found year-round in bars and restaurants all the way down to the state’s coast. Claiming that it has waged war “against boring, tasteless beer”, its special brews like Ghost in the Machine and Opus Vert disappear off store shelves pretty quick. Just a short drive from the middle of Lafayette, the brewery’s taproom is worth an afternoon visit. Learn more about their taproom and beer offerings by clicking here.

Bayou Teche Brewing

Bayou Teche Brewing
Image courtesy of Bayou Teche Brewing

About a 20 to 30 minute drive from Lafayette will take you to Bayou Teche Brewing in St. Martin Parish. The family-owned brewery is located just down a gravel road from its namesake, the Bayou Teche, the 125-mile waterway that snakes through Acadiana all the way down to the Atchafalaya Bay.

The Knott family and their team play host as well as they brew beer. Visitors come by vehicle, bike, boat and even by horse to hangout sometimes for a whole day during the weekends. Along with crafting signature brews like Biere Pale Ale, Ragin’ Cajun Ale & Lager, and Swamp Thing IPA, the brewery is always trying something new. That includes hosting events. There’s live music and food every weekend as well as annual shindigs like the Burning Crawfish Festival held in May. Learn more about the brewery and their various events by clicking here.