Week in Review, Nov. 13-17: Changes at Faubourg, ESPN’s Gambling App and More

NEW ORLEANS — What exactly is happening at Faubourg Brewing Co.? Recent statements from its parent company raise more questions than provide answers.

On Nov. 14, WWL TV reported that the Alabama-based brewery Made By The Water (MBTW), which bought a portion of Faubourg in 2022, announced that it plans to stop brewing and packaging operations at Faubourg’s nearly four-year-old facility on Jourdan Road in New Orleans East.

But, in a statement to the station, MBTW also said the facility “is not closing at this time.”

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“Made By The Water has reached a point where the brewing facility in New Orleans East cannot meet the current demands of our family of breweries,” wrote Faubourg co-owner and MBTW CEO Alexi Sekmakas. ‘While our first preference was to expand the brewery operations at our current facility, unfortunately, despite our best efforts and those of local stakeholders, that is not feasible. As a result, we are shifting most of our brewing operations to other MBTW facilities and contract brewing partners while we explore options for a new manufacturing home in the area.”

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