Chafunkta Brewing Company is a nanobrewery producing Voo Ka Ray IPA (Imperial IPA), Old 504 (robust coffee porter), Kingfish Ale (American cream ale), Bayou Blaze (Irish red) and Lemmings DDH IPA (American IPA). The brainchild of husband/wife team Josh and Jamie Erickson, Chafunkta launched in 2011 and has exploded in popularity. Having moved to a much larger facility, it now offers tours, bike crawls on Saturdays at 1pm, "Pups and Pints" BOGO all day Sundays.
Their personable tours and tastings are given Thursdays and Fridays 5 PM-9 PM, Saturdays 11 AM-9 PM, and Sundays 11 AM-6 PM. Hear the story of the company's founding and enjoy Chafunkta brews in 5oz, 10oz, 16oz and flights, keep the glass or take it TO GEAUX. Cash/Credit accepted.
The 'Chafunkta' name (pronounced Che-funk'-tuh) is derived from 'Tchefuncte,' which is itself derived from the Choctaw word 'Hachofakti, ' meaning a type of shrub oak tree that produced a small edible nut called 'chinquapin, ' which is similar to a chestnut. These trees once lined the banks of the Tchefuncte River, which forms part of the border between St. Tammany and Tangipahoa parishes.