Eric and Leah Jensen created the name Parleaux Beer Lab (4224 Royal St.; www.parleauxbeerlab.com) because it reflects the forthcoming brewery's surrounding neighborhood as well as Eric's previous work as an educator. "Parleaux" joins the French words for "by" and "water," and Eric says "lab" evokes the kind of brewing he plans to do when the brewery opens later this year.
Many breweries want to offer food to visitors at their taprooms, but opening a kitchen is a big leap. Inviting food trucks to the brewery is one popular solution.
The craft brewing scene is growing in northeast Louisiana. Here are updates on three breweries in the Monroe area.
New Orleans-area restaurants including Boucherie, Cochon Butcher and Pizza Delicious were ahead of the curve in curating their drinks menus to include craft beers. Here are some newer restaurants with notable beer programs.
Justin Boswell, the founder and head brewer of Wayward Owl Brewing Company (3940 Thalia St.; www.waywardowlbrewery.com), ponders the title master brewer. "I don't tout myself as the master of anything, but I really love to make beer," Boswell says.
NOLA Motorsports Park (11075 Nicolle Blvd., Avondale, 504-302-4875; www.nolamotor.com/westbank-beer-fest-2016) will host a beer festival from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, July 16.
As the weather turns from warm to hot, local brewers — and breweries from out of state — are releasing new beers to stores and bars around Louisiana, crafted to refresh beer lovers on the hottest days of summer. Abita Brewing Company on the Northshore is rolling out a new Harvest lineup.
Crying Eagle Brewing Company (1165 E. McNeese St., Lake Charles; www.cryingeagle.com) received its state license to brew beer, making it Louisiana's 25th brewery. Brewmaster Bill Mungai is brewing Crying Eagle's initial offerings at the 30-barrel brewhouse: Calcasieu Common, a steam beer; The Chuck, an American cream ale; and Ready to Mingle, a Belgian-style single beer.
Urban South Brewery kicks off its Summerfest celebration at 11 a.m. Saturday, May 28.
NOLA Brewing Company won a silver medal in the "Brett Beer" category at the World Beer Cup. Results were announced May 6.
Five events for beer fans, and nine food pairings to wash it down
New Orleans' beer scene has changed tremendously in the last six years. During American Craft Beer Week (ACBW) in 2010, there were five production breweries in Louisiana — Abita Brewing Company, Heiner Brau/Covington Brewhouse, NOLA Brewing Company, Bayou Teche Brewing and Parish Brewing Company.
Gnarly Barley’s second
anniversary partynoon-7 p.m. Saturday, May 14Technically, Gnarly Barley's second anniversary party preceeds ACBW, but the event at the Hammond brewery features the first tapping of its double IPA, Big DIPA.