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Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Brewsday Tuesday: beer news on the Northshore

Posted By on Tue, Jan 17, 2017 at 9:00 AM

Josh and Jamie Erickson founded Chafunkta Brewing. - NORA MCGUNNIGLE
  • Nora McGunnigle
  • Josh and Jamie Erickson founded Chafunkta Brewing.

The craft beer scene is growing on the Northshore. Chafunkta Brewing Company (21449 Marion Lane No. 2, Mandeville, 985-869-0716) has expanded its tasting room hours to 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Friday and 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday. There are free brewery tours at 7 p.m. Friday, and Chafunkta sells beer in tasting sizes, flights, pints and in growlers to take home.

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Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Brewsday Tuesday: Nuit Belge features Belgian beers with local restaurants

Posted By on Tue, Jan 10, 2017 at 9:00 AM

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  • Nora McGunnigle

Nuit Belge
, an event combining Belgian and Belgian-style beers and food from local restaurants, is Feb. 3 at Generations Hall. Nuit Belge includes 14 local restaurants plus St. James Cheese Company and Alabama’s Murder Point Oyster Company.

Participating restaurants include Angeline, Boucherie, Cochon Butcher and Primitivo. Isaac Toups and Michael Gulotta participated in last year's event, and will highlight food from their new restaurants this year, Gulotta's Maypop will pair food with a raspberry saison aged in red wine barrels from Swiss brewery Trois Dames. Tours South serves food with Southerly Love, a hoppy wild ale from Creature Comforts Brewing Company in Athens, Georgia. Southerly Love is not distributed in the New Orleans area.

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Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Brewsday Tuesday: Local breweries will release new beers in 2017

Posted By on Tue, Jan 3, 2017 at 10:49 AM

Second Line Brewing will release Alryte, Alryte, Alryte in kegs and 22-ounce bombers. - NORA MCGUNNIGLE
  • Nora McGunnigle
  • Second Line Brewing will release Alryte, Alryte, Alryte in kegs and 22-ounce bombers.

Newly opened Wayward Owl Brewing (3940 Thalia St,, 504-827-1646) hit the ground running, distributing its Family Tree Kristallweizen and Clean Slate IPA in cans in early January, which owner Justin Boswell calls “Canuary.” The cans will debut at Rouses and  other retailers soon.

Wayward Owl brewers will collaborate with District Donuts Sliders & Brew to create a house beer that can be adjusted to match seasonal specials at District’s locations. The currently unnamed beer will be released in early February.


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Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Brewsday Tuesday: NOLA Brewing to add new beers in 2017

Posted By on Tue, Dec 27, 2016 at 10:52 AM

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  • Nora McGunnigle

NOLA Brewing Company, which celebrates its eighth anniversary in March, is expanding its beer selection and improving quality.

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Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Brewsday Tuesday: New Orleans' beer scene in 2016 and 2017

Posted By on Tue, Dec 20, 2016 at 9:00 AM

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  • Nora McGunnigle

It's time to raise a beer to celebrate the new year and look at New Orleans’ beer scene in 2016 and 2017.

In 2016, two breweries opened in New Orleans: Urban South Brewery (1645 Tchoupitoulas St., 504-267-4852) opened in March, and Wayward Owl Brewing Company (3940 Thalia St., 504-827-1646) followed in November.

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Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Brewsday Tuesday: A Saison Named Desire and more beer news

Posted By on Tue, Dec 13, 2016 at 9:00 AM

Gnarly Barley owner Zac Caramonta and daughter Stevie Caramonta show off the brewery's new tanks. - GNARLY BARLEY BREWING
  • Gnarly Barley Brewing
  • Gnarly Barley owner Zac Caramonta and daughter Stevie Caramonta show off the brewery's new tanks.

Gnarly Barley Brewing Company (1709 Corbin Road, Hammond, 985-318-0723) is expanding, say founders Cari and Zac Caramonta. The brewery will double its current capacity, adding a chiller, three 60-barrel fermentation tanks and one five-barrel tank to use for experimental beers.

Also, its flagship beers, including Catahoula Common, Radical Rye PA and Korova Milk Porter, will be available in cans. Gnarly Barley’ holds a “canning party” at the brewery at noon Feb. 4. Cari says the event will have a “Gnar-B-Gras” theme, with purple, gold and green T-shirts, glasses and koozies for sale.

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Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Brewsday Tuesday: Bayou Teche expansion and collaboration with Lost Bayou Ramblers

Posted By on Tue, Dec 6, 2016 at 9:00 AM

Bayou Teche Brewing is growing. - NORA MCGUNNIGLE
  • NORA McGUNNIGLE
  • Bayou Teche Brewing is growing.

Bayou Teche Brewing (1106 Bushville Highway, Arnaudville, 337-754-5122) has much to celebrate this holiday season, including a new collaboration with Grammy-nominated Cajun band Lost Bayou Ramblers, an expansion in production and capacity and a new flagship IPA.

Bayou Teche has collaborated with the Lost Bayou Ramblers since the brewery supplied the band with beer during recording sessions of Mammoth Waltz in 2010. The band’s new single, "Aloha Golden Meadow," inspired by Hawaiian steel guitar sounds, is featured in the band's first music video. Bayou Teche is brewing Aloha Golden Meadow, which will be available on draft and 22-ounce bottles.

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Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Brewsday Tuesday: Wayward Owl opens tasting room

Posted By on Tue, Nov 29, 2016 at 9:00 AM

Wayward Owl's Justin Boswell pouring a pint in the brewery's newly opened tap room. - NORA MCGUNNIGLE
  • Nora McGunnigle
  • Wayward Owl's Justin Boswell pouring a pint in the brewery's newly opened tap room.

New Orleans’ newest brewery, Wayward Owl Brewing Company (3940 Thalia St,, 504-827-1646), has opened a tasting room to sell test batches of beer before the brewery's official grand opening event on Dec. 17. Located in the converted Gem Theater in Broadmoor, the brewery's tasting room is open 4 p.m.-8 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday.

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Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Brewsday Tuesday: New Louisiana beers and events

Posted By on Tue, Nov 22, 2016 at 9:10 AM

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  • Nora McGunnigle

As the holidays approach, there are many reasons to toast in celebration with a good beer. This year, New Orleanians can raise a glass of one of several new Louisiana-brewerd beers and enjoy these upcoming events.

Citruslike hop flavors are popular with consumers, and many brewers now add those fruits to their beers. Abita Brewing Company's new addition to its Harvest series lineup, which includes Strawberry and Peach lagers and Blueberry Wheat, is a Sweet Orange lager brewed with Louisiana oranges.

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Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Brewsday Tuesday: Wayward Owl, Freret Beer Room to open

Posted By on Tue, Nov 15, 2016 at 8:52 AM

The Freret Beer Room - NORA MCGUNNIGLE
  • Nora McGunnigle
  • The Freret Beer Room

Wayward Owl (3940 Thalia St., (504) 827-1646) officially is the city’s fourth production brewery and is close to opening to the public. Construction for the brewery’s taproom is in the final stages. The brewery has obtained all city and state permits, including a license from the Louisiana’s Office of Alcohol and Tobacco Control, which cleared the way for brewing. The first beer to christen the tanks is founder and head brewer Justin Boswell’s signature IPA, the recipe for which he’s been tweaking since 2008.

According to Boswell, the first beers to be released will be the IPA, an English-style ESB extra-special bitter, and the little-seen Kristallweizen, which is brewed with wheat like a cloudy-looking hefeweizen, but uses a highly flocculant yeast strain, which results in a clarified beer.

“It’s a style I’ve been brewing for a long time,” Boswell says of the Kristallweizen.

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