Festivals and brews galore
Even though Lake Charles (referred to affectionately as “Chuck” by the natives) has lots of things to do all year long, Fall is an especially good time to check out this booming mecca of festivals and fun. This fall, Lake Chuck offers a pirate’s bounty of festivals, including:
Rouge et Blanc Wine Festival – Oct. 7
One of the most popular events in the Lake Charles area, the Rouge et Blanc Wine Festival is so in demand that tickets are already in “very limited supply.” Held on McNeese State University’s beautiful, newly renovated campus, Rouge et Blanc (rougeetblanc.us) brings the community together for an afternoon of tasting fine wines from vineyards across the country paired with culinary treats from local restaurants.
Chuck Fest – Oct. 21
Chuck Fest 2017 is going to be bigger and badder than ever! This single-day event celebrating all things Lake Charles is totally free to the public and features local restaurant favorites, Louisiana-made brews and spirits, talented bands from across the region, artist and merchants. Downtown Lake Charles will come alive as this fun festival highlights the best of local food, drink, music and art.
5 STAGES * OVER 30 MUSIC ACTS * LARGER DOWNTOWN FESTIVAL AREA
Crying Eagle Brewery
Crying Eagle, the brewery, which is the 25th in the state of Louisiana, is a destination in itself. The brewery boasts a 15,000-square-foot facility featuring indoor and outdoor stages, a private event space and a landscaped outdoor beer garden and two-story tap room.
Recently, the brewery released a brand-new handcrafted brew: Louisiana Lager. Louisiana Lager is a light, easy drinking beer brewed from Louisiana rice sourced from a local mill. This new brew is perfect for tailgating, fishing, backyard BBQs and all things Louisiana.
Also offered at Crying Eagle and available to the public are locally inspired brews The Chuck, Ready to Mingle and Calcasieu Common. Rumor has it that a new brew – inspired by the legendary rock band “Foreigner” – is in the works. “Hop Blooded” will be released later this year.