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End of the year brewery news, changes and expansions 

As 2014 came to a close, several local beer bars and breweries opened or planned expansions and events.

  Mudbug Brewery (1878 Highway 3185, Thibodaux) has been brewing beer since receiving necessary permits and licenses, and its taproom is now open to beer lovers (and their dogs) to sample head brewer Leith Adams' test batches. Flagship beers King Cake Ale, Cafe au Lait Stout and Intracoastal IPA are flowing, and the brewery will announce regular taproom hours soon. Adams says a grand opening event is being planned.

  The Courtyard Brewery (1020 Erato St.; www.courtyardbrewing.com) announced a grand opening event Saturday, Jan. 24. Owner/brewer Scott Wood has been brewing Courtyard's flagship beers, including a low-alcohol, high-flavor "baby IPA" and a hibiscus pale ale, in preparation for the event and to serve on draft at the taproom.

  "We're very happy that we will finally share our own beer with our neighbors, and thankful people have been so patient with our setbacks," Wood says. "We'll have our beer coming out regularly over the next few weeks, leading up to the grand opening party on Jan. 24."

  In beer bar news, the World of Beer chain opened its first Louisiana location in Metairie (4100 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 504-266-2689; www.worldofbeer.com/locations/metairie) in mid-December, and Junction (3021 St. Claude Ave., 504-272-0205; www.junctionnola.com) opened Dec. 26. The World of Beer focuses on local craft beers at each location. All Louisiana breweries are featured on the Metairie bar's 50-tap draft list, and the selection will change frequently. Junction has a 40-tap draft selection, which includes local and regional beers as well as national craft brews and Irish imports.

  On Jan. 12, the Snooty Cooter, the beer niche inside Cooter Brown's Tavern (509 S. Carrollton Ave., 504-866-9104; www.cooterbrowns.com) will add 16 draft lines, raising the draft count to 46 taps.

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