Dixie Brewing Company announces return of brewing operations to New Orleans
Dixie Beer, which was established in New Orleans in 1907, had developed into one of the Gulf South’s iconic craft beer brands, but has been brewed out of state since Hurricane Katrina. Intending to return the beer to its former glory, the late Tom Benson and his wife Gayle, purchased Dixie Brewing Company in 2017. Since the purchase of the brand, Mrs. Benson and her late husband’s intention has been to return the Dixie Beer’s production to New Orleans.
Not only was the brewery flooded after the levees failed during Hurricane Katrina, once the water receded, looters raided the brewery for its copper and other metal which could be traded for cash. Dixie had been brewed in Wisconsin since. It’s good to see it returning home.