The old Dixie Brewing Company is located on 2401 Tulane Avenue in New Orleans, Louisiana.
Dixie Brewery began in 1907 and was founded by Valentine Merz. At the start of prohibition in 1920 the company temporarily changed their name to the Dixie Beverage Company until ban of alcohol was over.
It was the last large volume brewery in the city of New Orleans until hurricane Katrina in 2005. After the flood and the damage had occurred, the brewery was looted and had much of the equipment stolen. The Dixie Brewery then began brewing in Wisconsin and have been trying to keep the facility in New Orleans as their own. They eventually had plans to bring back brewing of Dixie in New Orleans, but lack of funds have prevented such a thing. As of 2011 it was taken by the State of Louisiana and the Department of Veterans Affairs have claimed the structure and desire to incorporate the land on which it sits into part of its massive hospital. They intend to keep the facade and front of the building that was built in 1907 and create it into a rehabilitation center. In early 2013, the Dixie Brewing Company filed a lawsuit against the demolition of much the factory, saying it was unjustly taken from them but it was over ruled by a federal judge. This will prevent them from being able to return to the original facility that began the Dixie Beer tradition.
As of December 2013, I cannot find out if the whole structure was torn down, if it remains without alterations, if restoration went under way or anything. The only thing that might have occurred was the possible demolition of the wood buildings on the side. If you know its current status please leave a comment or e-mail.
Where is the once abandoned Dixie Brewery located? You can find it with these coordinates. 29.960571,-90.087165.