Two new local breweries and a craft beer store are close to opening or in the planning stages.
Mark and Karen Logan's Second Line Brewing (433 N. Bernadotte St., 504-248-8979; www.secondlinebrewing.com) is close to opening. The pair has hired two brewers: Karl Menzer, who has been brewing professionally for 20 years, most recently at Covington Brewhouse and Abita Brewing Company; and Shane Glackin, a former bar manager in New York with extensive homebrewing experience.
Brewery equipment has been installed and tested, and several inspections have taken place. Upon successful completion, the Second Line team will brew its initial beers: a pale ale and an IPA. Crescent Crown Distribution will supply its beer to local bars and restaurants. There are plans to open a brewery taproom.
Tom Conklin has been working on his farmhouse brewery in a barn on the grounds of Chappapeela Farms, and brewing equipment has arrived. Conklin says he hopes he'll begin brewing sour beers and saisons, including his fig saison beer.
On June 8, Patrick Brown and Jason Paulin informed the Mid-City Neighborhood Organization about plans to open a craft beer-focused shop called Craft Beer Reserve on Tulane Avenue. Brown and Paulin will approach the New Orleans City Planning Commission, and they hope to offer growlers to go from four in-house taps of seasonal draft beers, as well as beer classes and food pairing events. They plan to open in November.