By KEVIN McGILL / Associated Press

NEW ORLEANS (AP) For more than a century, Dixie beer has survived everything from Prohibition to wartime shortages. The New Orleans brew even survived the infamous 'bad batch' from the July 4th weekend of 1975, when the product was contaminated by chemical fumes from a floor refinishing project.

And although the brewery has been shut down since it was severely damaged in the floods that followed Hurricane Katrina, the brand perseveres.

But now it's brewed out of state, and the owners' hopes of reviving the brewery appear dim. Court battles drag on over government plans for a new Veterans Affairs medical center to swallow the property.

Yet owner Kendra Bruno and her husband Joe still hope to bring the beer back to New Orleans and bottle it again in the original 1907 brewery.

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