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 Hattiesburg Craft Beer Festival showed how Mississippi's craft beer scene has grown in the past year. More than 1,000 people attended the event on June 13, and most of the 37 participating breweries were from Mississippi, Louisiana, Alabama and Missouri.
"Everyone thinks that New Orleans just grinds to a halt in the summer," says Scott Wood, co-owner and head brewer at Courtyard Brewery (1020 Erato St.; www.courtyardbrewing.com). "We figured we'd throw a party instead."
The Metairie location of World
of Beer (4100 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 504-266-2689;
www.worldofbeer.com/locations/metairie) is rolling out several
new programs this summer,
including a weekday lunch menu
featuring Louisiana dishes such as jambalaya, red beans and
crawfish pasta. World of Beer is launching a summer partnership program with three breweries: San Francisco's Anchor Brewing, Oskar Blues Brewery from Colorado and Southern Tier Brewing Company from New York State.
For the last 30 years, WYES held its fundraising beer event in June, but last year the station announced it was discontinuing the event for financial reasons. Fortunately for local beer enthusiasts, there's another event to fill the void.
After four years brewing
beer in Seattle, Justin Boswell moved home to Louisiana
to open a brewery.
For the past year, he's been working on lining up financing and acquiring a brewery space for Wayward Owl Brewing (www.waywardowlbrewing.com).