Former Naval Officer Trades in Military for Brewing Beer

Written by Ben Bourgeois for LSU Student Media and

With his hitch in the United States Navy at an end, Kirk Coco saw the need to help his native city of New Orleans recover from the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.

When the devastating hurricane swarmed the Gulf Coast in 2005, Coco decided to return home and start a business that would stimulate the city’s economy. But the business he decided to start was one with no current example in New Orleans – a microbrewery.

“Well I moved back after Katrina because I wanted to start a business and create jobs,” said Coco, a New Orleans native. “Brewing was not even close to the front of my mind at the time.”

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