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Tuesday, August 2, 2016

Yuengling beer hits Louisiana

Posted By on Tue, Aug 2, 2016 at 5:54 PM

NORA MCGUNNIGLE
  • Nora McGunnigle

D.G. Yuengling & Son, the oldest continually operating brewery in the country (founded in 1829), has arrived in Louisiana to the delight of fans of its flagships, Lager and Black & Tan. These two beers, along with the Yuengling Light Lager, hit the state on Aug. 1 and  plenty of people and places are celebrating the release.

On Aug. 1, outlets including The Bulldog (Uptown and Mid-City,) Sovereign Pub, Finn McCool’s Irish Pub, Breaux Mart and Rouses had the iconic American beer in stock. Bottles and draft also are available in Covington, Lake Charles, Shreveport, Alexandria and other areas.

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Brewsday Tuesday: Local hoppy beer releases

Posted By on Tue, Aug 2, 2016 at 9:00 AM

MUDBUG BREWERY
  • Mudbug Brewery

Southern Louisiana’s beer scene is about to get a whole lot hoppier.

Currently on tap in the New Orleans area is Gnarly Barley Brewing Company’s re-imagined Radical Rye P.A. recipe, which has removed crystal malts from the grain bill, added hop resin for the Columbus and Cascade bittering hops and added Citra whirlpool and dry-hopping.

Founder and head brewer Zac Caramonta says that when the brewery opened with its Radical Rye flagship in 2014, there weren’t any other rye beers in the area, and his focus was providing that flavor profile to the market.

“As palates in the market — including our own — quickly evolved, I realized that we weren’t doing the beer justice,” Caramonta says.

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Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Brewsday Tuesday: Beer and spirits combine at Tales of the Cocktail

Posted By on Tue, Jul 26, 2016 at 12:25 PM

A beer flip is mixed at Tales of the Cocktail. - NORA MCGUNNIGLE
  • Nora McGunnigle
  • A beer flip is mixed at Tales of the Cocktail.

The boilermaker and shandy are beer and liquor standards, and variations can be found at many New Orleans venues, including Oxalis, which offers a boilermaker menu, and Urban South Brewery’s tasting room, which makes a shandy with lemonade and the brewery's Charming Wit beer.

At last week's Tales of the Cocktail, seminars and tasting room presentations showed there are many ways to mix beer in drinks.

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Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Brewsday Tuesday: Parleaux Beer Lab under construction in Bywater

Posted By on Tue, Jul 19, 2016 at 9:00 AM

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
  • Ouachita Brewing
  • 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
  • Nora McGunnigle
  • 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
  • Nora McGunnigle
  • 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
  • NOLA Motorsports Park
  • 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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