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Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Brewsday Tuesday: Parleaux Beer Lab under construction in Bywater

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Eric and Leah Jensen outside their future brewery on the corner of Royal and Lesseps. - NORA MCGUNNIGLE
  • Nora McGunnigle
  • Eric and Leah Jensen outside their future brewery on the corner of Royal and Lesseps.

Eric and Leah Jensen created the name Parleaux Beer Lab (4224 Royal St.) because it reflects the forthcoming brewery's surrounding neighborhood as well as Eric’s previous work as an educator. “Parleaux” joins the French words for “by" and "water,” and Eric says “lab” evokes the kind of brewing he plans to do when the brewery opens late this year.

“Labs are used to describe experimental processes,” Eric says, “That’s how I approach brewing.”

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Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Brewsday Tuesday: Local breweries and food trucks

Posted By on Tue, Jul 12, 2016 at 9:01 AM

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  • Nora McGunnigle

Many breweries want to offer food to visitors at their taprooms, but opening a kitchen is big leap. Inviting food trucks to the brewery is one popular solution.

Mark Logan, owner of Second Line Brewing (433 N. Bernadotte St., 504-248-8979; www.secondlinebrewing.com), says food trucks are good for customers and breweries alike.

“The customers like that they can purchase food to go along with the beverages, and the nightly variety just adds to the attractiveness for our patrons," Logan says. "As a brewery owner, having someone else handle the food end of things is one less issue I have to deal with with regards to staffing, inventory, equipment and regulations.”


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Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Brewsday Tuesday: Updates on breweries in Monroe, Louisiana

Posted By on Tue, Jul 5, 2016 at 10:18 AM

Ouachita founder Heath Lord - OUACHITA BREWING
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  • Ouachita founder Heath Lord

CottonPort Brewing opened in Sterlington in northeast Louisiana in April, but owner and brewmaster Troy DuGuay Sr. died on May 20. CottonPort closed, but a representative from the brewery says its managers hopes to reopen by September.

Ouachita Brewing Company has been brewing beer in Monroe since Dec. 23, 2015. Owner and brewer Heath Lord homebrewed beer in the area for many years.


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Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Brewsday Tuesday: Five restaurants with great beer lists

Posted By on Tue, Jun 28, 2016 at 9:00 AM

Primitivo serves 10 craft beers on draft. - NORA MCGUNNIGLE
  • Nora McGunnigle
  • Primitivo serves 10 craft beers on draft.

New Orleans-area restaurants including Boucherie, Cochon Butcher and Pizza Delicious were ahead of the curve in curating their drinks menus to include craft beers. Here are some newer restaurants with notable beer programs.

Andy Ticer and Michael Hudman, the chef partners at the newly opened Josephine Estelle in the Ace Hotel (600 Carondelet St., 504-930-3070; josephineestelle.com), hail from Memphis. When planning their restaurant, they insisted that Memphis' Wiseacre Brewing Company be represented in its beer list. This led to Wiseacre’s wider distribution through Crescent Crown at local spots including 504 Craft Beer Reserve, Elio’s Wine Warehouse, Pizza Domenica and Cooter Brown’s Tavern.

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Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Southern Prohibition launches a sour beer program

Posted By on Wed, Jun 22, 2016 at 10:55 AM

Southern Prohibition Brewing ages some beer in bourbon barrels. - NORA MCGUNNIGLE
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  • Southern Prohibition Brewing ages some beer in bourbon barrels.

Southern Prohibition Brewing in Hattiesburg, Mississippi, announced the creation of a sour beer program. Head brewer Benjamin Green says that although the brewery is well known for barrel-aging beer in bourbon barrels, he has acquired white and red wine barrels and set up a separate area to work with wild yeasts.

“Sour beer is one of those things that’s really taken off, but we held off because we wanted to do it right," Green says. "We wanted to have a solid vision of where the program would go so we could put our best foot forward from the start.”

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Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Brewsday Tuesday: Catching up with Wayward Owl Brewing’s Justin Boswell

Posted By on Tue, Jun 21, 2016 at 9:00 AM

Justin Boswell is the founder of Wayward Owl Brewing Company. - NORA MCGUNNIGLE
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  • Justin Boswell is the founder of Wayward Owl Brewing Company.

Justin Boswell, the founder and head brewer of Wayward Owl Brewing Company (3940 Thalia St.), ponders the title “master brewer.”

“I don’t tout myself as the master of anything, but I really love to make beer," Boswell says. "That’s one thing I can say that I’m pretty good at. Not the best — I’ve got a lot to learn, just like everybody else does. I hear 'master brewer' and [I think] it means you don’t have much to learn.”

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Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Brewsday Tuesday: NOLA Motorsports hosts beer event July 16

Posted By on Tue, Jun 14, 2016 at 9:00 AM

NOLA Motorsports Park hosts a beer festival July 16. - NOLA MOTORSPORTS PARK
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  • NOLA Motorsports Park hosts a beer festival July 16.

NOLA Motorsports Park (11075 Nicolle Blvd., Avondale, 504-302-4875; www.nolamotor.com/westbank-beer-fest-2016/) will host a beer festival Saturday, July 16, The 610 Stompers are partnering with the park, and a portion of proceeds will go to the group's charitable giving arm, says NOLA Motorsports Park Director of Sales and Marketing Scott Touchton. 

The event will feature music by Soul Brass Band, the Bucktown All-Stars and DJ Brice Nice, 

When asked why the park organized the event, Touchton said, “NOLA Motorsports Park has a large, indoor, air-conditioned space trackside, so we wanted to put it to good use.”

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Friday, June 10, 2016

New Orleans area beer events in June

Posted By on Fri, Jun 10, 2016 at 10:22 AM

A selection of beer at the Warehouse District location of World of Beer. - NORA MCGUNNIGLE
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  • A selection of beer at the Warehouse District location of World of Beer.

Don’t let the heat get you down, cool off at these upcoming beer events.

New Belgium Brewing celebrates its 25th anniversary by inviting other breweries to create their takes on New Belgium’s flagship beer, Fat Tire. Avery, Allagash, Rhinegeist, Firestone Walker and Hub Hopworks all participated, and New Belgium "Swamp Ranger" Buck Brown says, “Each brewery is doing their own interpretation of Fat Tire and really playing up to their strengths when brewing their version.“ All beers are available in a special release 12-pack, and bar events around town feature kegs of all the beers.

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Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Brewsday Tuesday: new beer in Louisiana

Posted By on Tue, Jun 7, 2016 at 9:00 AM

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  • Nora McGunnigle

As the weather turns from warm to hot, Louisiana brewers — and breweries from out of state — are releasing new beers to stores and bars around the state, crafted to refresh beer lovers on the hottest days of summer.

Abita Brewing is rolling out a new Harvest lineup. Replacing Lemon Wheat is Blueberry Wheat, following its popularity in the brewery's taproom. Made with fresh Louisiana blueberry juice, the light wheat imparts lots of flavor without being heavy on the palate.

Abita’s other summer seasonal, Seersucker Pilsner, has also been released. Mark Wilson, Abita’s head brewer, says of the decision to brew a pilsner for the summer, “Our water is perfect for brewing pilsners. It’s great for the Louisiana summer because it is on the lighter side with regards to color and ABV, but still full of flavor from the malt and traditional German hops.”

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Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Brewsday Tuesday: A Mid-City pub crawl and beer news

Posted By on Tue, May 31, 2016 at 10:22 AM

Southern Craft offers brewery tours. - COURTESY SOUTHERN CRAFT BREWING COMPANY
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  • Southern Craft offers brewery tours.

Local dance and parade groups The Organ Grinders and Disco Amigos celebrate the 30th anniversary of the release of Ferris Bueller’s Day Off with a screening June 8 at Second Line Brewing (433 N. Bernadotte St., 504-248-8979; www.secondlinebrewing.com) and a Mid-City pub crawl on June 11.

Second Line Brewing expands its taproom hours to Wednesdays starting June 8, and pre-registration for the June 11 pub crawl and parade is available there during the 7:30 p.m. film screening. Pre-registration tickets are $25 and also can be purchased online for $20 plus fees. On-site registration is $30 at Bayou Beer Garden (326 N. Jefferson Davis Parkway, 504-302-9357) starting at 2:30 p.m. June 11.


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