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Saints and Pelicans owner Tom Benson buys Dixie Beer

NEW ORLEANS – Saints and Pelicans owner Tom Benson and his wife Gayle have purchased a majority stake in the Dixie Brewing Company and vowed to bring the brewing of the New Orleans-founded beer back to the Crescent City.

They announced the new venture in a press release early Thursday morning.

Dixie Beer was founded in 1907 and was brewed for many years at the company’s facility on Tulane Avenue, until it was moved to a brewing facility in 2005.

Benson said he plans to bring production back to New Orleans — and see to it that Dixie Beer goes back to its original 1907 recipe.

Until the New Orleans facility is up and running, Benson says that Dixie will continued to be brewed under the watchful eye of Brewmaster Kevin Stewart.