Gayle Benson’s $30 million Dixie Brewery will open this weekend, January 25. The 80,000 square foot project at 3501 Jourdan Road will be able to brew and package nearly 100,000 barrels annually.
“Our goal was to take advantage of this opportunity zone and create a business that would serve as a catalyst for tourism and local jobs, so that this area can once again become a thriving community,” said Owner Gayle Benson in a statement. “This project is a long-term investment in an area that traditionally has not benefitted to the same extent as others. We have worked diligently with city leaders, specifically Mayor Cantrell and Councilwoman Nguyen on the economic development of the surrounding community to attract, retain and grow business in New Orleans East.”
The return of Dixie Beer and its brewing facility is a first since breweing was moved out of state after Katrina.
The new brewery will include guided and self-guided tours, a museum, taproom, beer tastings, outdoor beer garden, bocce ball courts, walking path and a full-service kitchen. It’s kid-friendly and will also have a private event space.
Woodward Design+Build is the general contractor.