• Courtyard Brewery (1020 Erato St.; www.courtyardbrewing.com) opened Oct. 23, 2014, and co-founders Scott Wood and Lindsay Hellwig celebrate its first anniversary with a party beginning at 10 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 24. The event features 13 Courtyard beers on tap, including Founders Brewing Company's KBS and three versions of Great Raft's double dry-hopped Commotion pale ale, which uses three types of hops — Citra, Mosaic and oaked Cascade.
"We'll be hosting a cochon de lait with pigs that we've been feeding our spent grain over the last year," Wood says.
There also will be food trucks: St. Clair Wood Fired Pizza, Taceaux Loceaux, Taylor Made Wings on the Geaux and Frencheeze.
• Gnarly Barley Brewing (1709 Corbin Road, Hammond, 985-318-0723; www.gnarlybeer.com) launches a new series of high-gravity, or high alcohol by volume (ABV), beers at its second annual GnarBQ on Oct. 24, which also serves as a release party for Imperial Korova Milk Porter. The event is from noon to 5 p.m. and barbecue is provided by writer/chef Jay Ducote, a recent finalist on The Next Food Network Star. Admission is $20 and includes food and a commemorative snifter filled with Imperial Korova. Guests also can purchase bottled and draft beer.
Gnarly Barley enthusiasts who want to sample Imperial Korova should attend the GnarBQ.
"We only bottled 1,000 and are planning on selling a lot at the GnarBQ," says brewery co-founder Cari Caramonta. "We will have a very limited amount to sell to retailers."