Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Brewsday Tuesday: New Orleans' growing beer scene

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click to enlarge Chappapeela Farms Brewery, housed in the farm's former duck house. - NORA MCGUNNIGLE
  • Chappapeela Farms Brewery, housed in the farm's former duck house.

The New Orleans beer scene is growing and busy with new breweries and bars and upcoming annual events.

NOLA on Tap will be Saturday, Sept. 26, at the New Orleans City Park Festival Grounds. Sponsored by the LA-SPCA, the family- and pet-friendly event is free and beer tickets are available for purchase. Colin Lake, Cardinal Sons and the Honey Island Swamp Band are scheduled to perform. General admission is at 1 p.m. and VIP early admission is at noon. The event runs until 8 p.m.

The Emeril Lagasse Foundation's Boudin, Bourbon & Beer fundraiser is Nov. 13 at Champions Square. Tickets are available now and cost $85 through Sept. 1. In addition to its flagships and seasonal beer selections, co-sponsor Abita Brewing Company will provide unique and rare beers from its cellars, such as Bourbon Street Maple Pecan brown ale.

The World of Beer Julia Street location (324 Julia St.) is expected to open in late August. Also on track to open in late August or early September is the new Tchoupitoulas Beer Garden (840 Tchoupitoulas St., Ste. 103), which will feature a large outdoor space and a variety of German, American and local craft beers on tap.

Second Line Brewing (433 N. Bernadotte St., 504-248-8979) received its final permits on July 27, making it the 16th brewery in Louisiana. Owner Mark Logan and his brewing team brewed their first batch, an IPA, on July 29, and it will be released in several weeks. Logan is working to open a tap room on the premises.

Chappapeela Farm Brewery (57542 Hillcrest School Road, Amite, 225-281-9474) is nearing completion. Its small batch beer will be sold in 750 milliliter bottles. Brewery founder Tom Conklin says the beer will be available almost exclusively in fine dining restaurants. The brewery's two flagship beers will be a porter and a barrel-aged saison, both brewed with Brettanomyces yeasts.

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