Just as Louisiana Craft Brewers Weeks gets underway, 40 Arpent Brewery shut down the tanks with no plans to reopen the brewery.
The closure is "related to differences between (business) partners," founder Michael Naquin told Gambit. Naquin’s landlord, “who also owns a large stake in the brewery, refused to renew the brewery's lease. Naquin said he did not have the money to re-launch the brewery elsewhere,” according to a NOLA.COM report.
The brewery announced the closure with an Instagram post that said, “It is with a heavy heart that I regretfully inform you that as of 4pm this evening 40 Arpent Brewing Company will close its doors and no longer produce some of the best Louisiana Beer made. We would like to thank our Friends, Families, and Fans, especially the ‘Fans’ for your support over the years.”
40 Arpent opened in mid-2014 in Old Arabi, anchoring a revitalization of the area. Staying in line with St. Bernard culture, the owners named the brewery after the old 40 Arpent Canal, which was named for the unit of land measure from the French colonial era.