Construction is expected to start within the new few weeks for a new sports-themed brewery coming to the Industriaplex-area of Baton Rouge.
Rally Cap Brewing Company was originally slated to open in the summer, but an extended design process delayed the project.
Founder Kevin Whalen, a former vice president of casino operations at L’Auberge Casino, expects construction to take four months and hopes to open the brewery’s doors early next year with five to seven employees.
For now, Whalen says he’s going to hold off on wholesale distribution and any expansion plans to instead focus on the brewery tap room, building their brand and seeing how customers react to the brews.
Though the brewery will focus on hoppy beers, Whalen’s aiming to have a variety of brews on rotation so there’s something new for customers every time they visit.
Next year is looking to be a busy year for beer in Baton Rouge, currently home to two breweries, with three new breweries looking to open. Le Chien Brewing Company is planning to open early next year on Highland Road, while Cypress Coast Brewing Co. is shooting to open in August on Government Street, a corridor that has seen a wealth of new growth.
The influx of breweries looking to open is a positive thing, Whalen says, because as more breweries open, the visibility of the local craft beer industry increases.
“It’s about growing the craft beer culture in the city and giving people options,” Whalen says. “I think it will lift everyone up.”