Miel (pronounced ME-ELLE) Brewery and Taproom was first conceived in 2016 by Alex Peyroux and Janice Montoya, a couple of nerds with a love of science and all things art. Their eagerness to do what they love for a living and build a community to share their handiwork is what drives them to make Miel a reality. Miel opened its doors on October 13, 2018 thanks to the unceasing support from family, friends, the Irish Channel community, and the New Orleans beer community.
Alex's parents picked up beekeeping as a hobby and began supplying Alex and Janice with enormous amounts of raw delicious Louisiana honey. After doing some research on honey, they came to find to that the word miel means honey in Spanish and French. Miel as a word acts as a bridge, connecting both their backgrounds and cultures. Legally Miel cannot make mead due to licensing, but the plan is to use honey as an ingredient in a couple of beers as a nod to our namesake.
(1) To provide patrons with fresh beer made by using as many local ingredients as possible.
(2) To be environmentally friendly, responsible for the entire lifecycle of all our products, and conscious of how we use resources.
(3) Treat others how we would like to be treated.
WHY NO CASH?
The decision to go cash-free was not an easy choice to make, but ultimately we felt that it was a step towards creating a safer environment for our employees and customers. Since then, we have found that service is smoother and more efficient. For those who choose to not use cards, we can accept cash to load a Miel gift card, but we cannot make change.
Co-Founder + Brewer
Alex is a self proclaimed "pretty big nerd in general." It was during the pursuit of a biology degree that Alex found that there was a science behind beer. Home-brewing led to many different jobs at different breweries across the United States. There came a point where Alex knew he was ready to brew for himself. Knowing that brewing alone is not all it takes to run a brewery, Alex joined forces with Janice, to establish Miel Brewery and Taproom.
Co-Founder + Creative
Undeniably a perfectionist, Janice takes pride in producing quality work. This mindset and five plus years in the advertising and video production industry is what motivated her to jump on board with Alex's passion project. Janice is the person behind the camera 90% of the time and has been documenting Miel's story from the beginning. Janice credits her appreciation for craft beer to Alex, who showed her that beer can be complex and incredibly diverse.