Louisiana Wetlands: Keeping it Local in Covington

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Louisiana is home to some top-notch soul food, so naturally, you'll be inspired to feed your soul. That's exactly why we spoke to Lauren Turner, one soulful singer, and performer you may remember as a semifinalist on the famed American Idol.

Watch as Lauren and Paula, along with our friends Byron and Chad Almquist from Canoe & Trail Adventurestake on a little soul-searching in the greater Covington area in the form of some stellar local craft beer tastings. 

  • From searching for alligators in the pitch black Louisiana night to birdwatching along the swamp waterways, Canoe & Trail Adventures helps locals and visitors alike learn about the area's preservation efforts as part of a growing ecotourism trend.

  • Just outside of Covington in the town of Mandeville, Louisiana, craft beer lovers will discover Chafunkta Brewing Company, known for consistent handcrafted brews full of complex local flavors. The company’s name was born from the early Native American settlement in the town, formerly referred to as “Tchefuncte,” which is still the name of the river that runs past this craft beer company today. Don’t forget to enjoy one of their free tours so you can see how handcrafted beer brews are truly made!

  • From “Christmas Ale” to the signature “Mardi Gras Bock,” Abita Brewery has become a staple on any southern Louisiana brew tour thanks to their seasonal craft beer offerings and position as the local favorites.

  • Enjoy bacon-rimmed bloody marys and caramel macchiato creme brulees at Old Rail Brewing Company, which impresses patrons with its homestyle menu and eclectic brew offerings. Expect a wide selection of spiced pumpkin ales, chocolate stouts, and citrus-infused IPAs that will please even the least beer-savvy in your group.

  • Barley Oak Old World Draught Haus is an especially festive place to spend an evening in the greater Covington, Louisiana area, thanks to the German-Biergarten-inspired decor, a modern and expansive menu and unparalleled waterfront views of Lake Pontchartrain.

  • From air guitar competitions to live music from local artists, the Covington Brewhouse offers the perfect environment to end your day after a swamp tour or hiking trip, boasting their own local craft beer brews to boot!

Our friends over at Louisiana Travel are always encouraging locals and visitors alike to "Pick Your Passion." If you need more information on the best things to do in the Pelican state, head over to their site for the full lowdown

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