The New Orleans beer scene is busy and growing with new breweries, bars and upcoming annual events.
NOLA on Tap (www.nolaontap.org) is Saturday, Sept. 26 at the New Orleans City Park Festival Grounds. Sponsored by the Louisiana SPCA, the family- and pet-friendly event is free and attendees support the festival by buying tickets for beer. Colin Lake, Cardinal Sons and the Honey Island Swamp Band are scheduled to perform. Gates open at 1 p.m., and VIP early admission is at noon. The event runs until 8 p.m.
The Emeril Lagasse Foundation's Boudin, Bourbon & Beer (www.boudinbourbonandbeer.com) fundraiser is Nov. 13 at Champions Square. Tickets are available now and cost $85 through Sept. 1. In addition to its flagships and seasonal beer selections, co-sponsor Abita Brewing Company will provide rare beers from its cellars, such as Bourbon Street Maple Pecan brown ale.
World of Beer's Julia Street location (324 Julia St.; www.worldofbeer.com/locations/warehousedistrict) is expected to open in late August. Also on track to open in late August or early September is the new Tchoupitoulas Beer Garden (840 Tchoupitoulas St., Suite 103; www.tbgnola.com), which will feature a large outdoor space and a variety of German, American and local craft beers on tap.
Second Line Brewing (433 N. Bernadotte St., 504-248-8979; www.secondlinebrewing.com) received its final permits on July 27, making it the 16th brewery in Louisiana. Owner Mark Logan and his team brewed their first batch, an IPA, on July 29, and it will be released in several weeks. Logan expects to open a tap room on the premises.
Tom Conklin's brewery at Chappapeela Farms (57542 Hillcrest School Road, Amite, 225-281-9474; www.chapfarms.com) is nearing completion. Its small batch beer will be sold in 750-milliliter bottles, and will be available almost exclusively in fine dining restaurants. The brewery's two flagship beers will be a porter and a barrel-aged saison, both brewed with Brettanomyces yeast.