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; www.josephineestelle.com), hail from Memphis, Tennessee. When planning their restaurant, they insisted that Memphis' Wiseacre Brewing Company be represented in its beer list. This led to Wiseacre's wider distribution locally through Crescent Crown.
• Primitivo (1800 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd., 504-881-1775; www.primitivonola.com) in Central City features locally and nationally brewed beers on its 10 taps. General Manager Ronald Copeland says he likes to include large breweries (such as Lagunitas Brewing Company and Brooklyn Brewery) and small ones (Parish Brewing Company and Second Line Brewing). "The idea is to give people a mix of familiar [and] something they may not have heard of," Copeland says.
• Meribo Pizza (326 N. Lee Lane, Covington, 985-302-5533; www.meribopizza.com), which just opened, is the brainchild of Vinnie LeDonne, formerly general manager of Palmetto's on the Bayou, and Gavin Jobe, co-owner of The Pelican House in Baton Rouge. Both restaurants have well-curated beer lists, and LeDonne and Jobe bring the same focus to Meribo. All the beers are local or regional.
• Bacobar (70437 Highway 21, Suite 100, Covington, 985-893-2450; www.bacobarnola.com) serves a variety of Louisiana beers on draft, including NOLA Brewing's 7th Street Wheat and 40 Arpent Brewing Company's New Basin Stout. The beers complement the Asian-inspired menu.
• At Dryades Public Market's (1307 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd., 504-333-6100; www.dryadespublicmarket.com) Bar 38, customers can get beer from Covington Brewhouse, Gnarly Barley Brewing Company, Urban South Brewery and other local breweries for $5 a pint.