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Courtyard Brewery expanded its taproom.

Photo by Nora McGunnigle

Courtyard Brewery expanded its taproom.

The Courtyard Brewery (1020 Erato St.; www.courtyardbrewing.com) celebrated its second anniversary on Oct. 22. Owner and brewer Scott Wood estimates that between 2,500 and 3,000 people attended based on beer sold — roughly 60 slim kegs filled with 25 unique Courtyard beers.

  In 2016, Courtyard has brewed 185 barrels of beer in its three-barrel system, and brewers expect to hit 250 by the end of the year, up from 150 barrels in 2015. Courtyard has released 54 unique recipes, 19 of which were hoppy pale ales or IPAs. In terms of volume, half of all beer brewed by Courtyard in 2016 had a hop-forward style, Wood says.

40 Arpent Brewing Company (6809 N. Peters St., Arabi, 504-342-2804; www.40arpentbrewery.com) held a grand opening for its taproom Nov. 5. Patrons drank the brewery's flagship beers as well as special kegs including Grapefruit Duckweed Pale Ale, Coffee Milk Basin Stout and Pumpkin Oktoberfest. Taproom hours are 5 p.m.-10 p.m. Thursday, 4 p.m.-11 p.m. Friday, 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday.

Urban South Brewery (1645 Tchoupitoulas St., 504-267-4852; www.urbansouthbrewery.com) announced it will expand, doubling its capacity, in partnership with local brewing equipment manufacturer Craft Kettle Brewing Equipment. For seven months, Urban South has used three 60-barrel fermenters and one 60-barrel brite tank. The expansion will add two 90-barrel, one 60-barrel, one 30-barrel and three seven-barrel fermenters and one 90-barrel and one seven-barrel brite tank.

  Urban South has been limited to brewing two year-round beers and one seasonal brew. The new equipment will allow the brewery to add additional year-round beers and special releases in 2017.

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