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Travel South Planner 2017

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16 CRYING EAGLE BREWING COMPANY Lake Charles, Louisiana Crying Eagle Brewing offers visitors a warm Southern welcome with handcrafted brews and a view of the surrounding Louisianan scenery. The company's title comes from the name of the region's par- ish or county, Calcasieu, which de- rives from a Native American word meaning "crying eagle." The Avery family used a hy- brid lager-ale brewing process to create the caramel, fruity fl avor of Calcasieu Common. Other op- tions include The Chuck, a golden ale, and Ready to Mingle, which carries lighter aromatic tones. Groups can make themselves at home in the Nest, Crying Eagle's 4,000-square-foot taproom, or step outside to enjoy the beer garden. The taproom is open Wednesday through Saturday, with tours of- fered throughout the week. WWW.CRYINGEAGLE.COM SL OWBOAT BREWING COMPANY Laurel, Mississippi Based in Laurel, Missis- sippi, an area depicted in the recent historical fi lm "Free State of Jones," artisan brewers Kenny and Carrie Mann specialize in creating unique fl avor fusions, particularly stouts and farm- house ales. They currently offer three signature beers: Into the Mystic, a Belgian witbier brewed with hi- biscus and citrus; Diary of a Mad- man, a milk stout with vanilla bean and chocolate malt; and Wayward Son, a sour farmhouse ale with grapefruit and citrus. The brewery often hosts live music and local events, such as the recent Free State of Jones Jam- boree. Tours are held on Saturdays between 3 p.m. and 8 p.m., and in- clude six 6-ounce beer samples as well as a souvenir glass. WWW.SLOWBOATBREWCO.COM Cour tesy Crying Eagle Brewery A BURGER AT CRYING EAGLE BREWERY e Avery family used a hybrid lager-ale brewing process to create the caramel, uity fl avor of Calcasieu Common.

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