Startup St. Bernard After Party hosted by inaugural winner, 40 Arpent Brewing Co. at taproom

The 3rd Annual Startup St. Bernard live pitch competition, organized by The Meraux Foundation and St. Bernard Development Foundation, held in conjunction with New Orleans Entrepreneur Week, is scheduled to take place on Monday, March 20, 2017.  Following the competition, 40 Arpent Brewing Company (6809 N Peters Street, Arabi, LA 70032) will host the Startup St. Bernard After Party from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

The winner is still to be determined, but it will be a celebration either way! Our inaugural Startup St. Bernard winner, 40 Arpent Brewing Company has graciously agreed to host a gathering in the taproom that their prize package helped fund. All finalists, judges, attendees, and individuals unable to attend the competition are encouraged to join us in Old Arabi. Grab a brew and lets toast to the newly crowned winner

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Startup St. Bernard presented by the Meraux Foundation and the St. Bernard Economic Development Foundation is an annual startup business challenge held in conjunction with Idea Village during New Orleans Entrepreneur Week. Entrepreneurs are invited to apply for a chance to pitch their business to a panel of judges in St. Bernard Parish for a prize package valued at over $120,000.  The competition serves to not only equip a local business to expand their operations in St. Bernard, but also improves the entrepreneur ecosystem and markets the parish as the place to start a business in Greater New Orleans.  More details on the program can be found at


40 Arpent is a 10bbl, 6,000 square foot brewery nestled in the banks of the Mississippi River. The brewery’s name—an ode to Louisiana history and Michael’s favorite memories—was a given. Like the cypress trees that envelope South Louisiana, 40 Arpent Brewing Company has grown from humble, bayou roots. It all began with Michael Naquin, 40 Arpent’s Houma-born founder. His childhood experiences of trolling with his Dad, knee-boarding in the 40 Arpent Canal, and watching his older brother experiment with a homebrewing kit, have influenced every aspect of 40 Arpent.  St. Bernard’s 40 Arpent Canal, which was built in the 18th century, stretched from what is now the Faubourg Marigny, roughly paralleling the Mississippi River on the East Bank down through modern St. Bernard Parish and part of the East Bank of Plaquemines. Given the brewery’s location on the banks of the Mississippi in Arabi, the name was a natural fit.