The cider house is expected to open later this year
New Orleans' brewery and distillery scene is on the rise with four breweries set to open this spring and four distilleries opened this year. Now, another type of alcoholic beverage business is joining the mix: fermented cider.
Spigots is the state's 29th brewery
Spigots Brew Pub (622 Barrow St., Houma, 985-333-3103; www.spigotsbrewpub.com) became Louisiana's 29th brewery when it opened in downtown Houma in February. Co-founders Jacob Aucoin and Knickolas Turner began construction of their 10,000-square-foot brewpub last year and sponsored the 2016 Bayou Beer Festival in November.
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Raymond and Mandy Pumilia, founders of Royal Brewery New Orleans (7366 Townsend Place, 504-723-4151; www.royalbrewery.net) in New Orleans East, say they will begin brewing as soon as they receive permits. Their 30-barrel brewhouse is installed, and they await final approval of the city fire marshal and Louisiana Office of Alcohol and Tobacco Control.
New breweries opening downtown
Just off Frenchmen Street, the compact brewery and taproom Brieux Carre Brewing Company (2115 Decatur St., 504-304-4242) features a cozy bar area with 12 taps. There's a beer garden in back.
Brewery to open in the Irish Channel
Alex Peyroux and Janice Montoya announced plans to open Miel Brewery (www.mielbrewery.com) near the intersection of Tchoupitoulas and Sixth streets in the Irish Channel by the end of 2017. Peyroux's ancestors came to New Orleans from France in 1740.
Beers from Urban South, Abita, Gnarly Barley and more
There are new canned beer options from Louisiana breweries for Carnival parade season and several breweries have announced events. • Gnarly Barley Brewing Company (1709 Corbin Road, Hammond, 985-318-0723; www.gnarlybeer.com) began distributing cans of its three flagship beers — Catahoula Common, Radical Rye P.A. and Korova Milk Porter — on Feb. 6.• Abita Brewing Company's (166 Barbee Road, Covington, 985-893-3143; www.abita.com) The Boot is an easy-drinking hybrid between an ale and lager that only is distributed in Louisiana.
Wayward Owl Brewing Company (3940 Thalia St,, 504-827-1646; www.waywardowlbrewing.com) owner and head brewer Justin Boswell has announced several new beers and weekly events. A Tuesday series begins Feb. 7 when the brewery debuts its first collaboration beer, The Grind.
Drawing inspiration from New Orleans' shipping trade, Port Orleans Brewing Company (4124 Tchoupitoulas St.; www.portorleansbrewingco.com) is under construction on Tchoupitoulas Street near Napoleon Avenue and will open this year. Head brewer Brian Allen plans to make clean, low-alcohol ales and lagers, including a German-style helles, a pilsner, a Czech-style schwarzbier, a brown ale and a session IPA.
Chafunkta Brewing Company (21449 Marion Lane No. 2, Mandeville, 985-869-0716; www.chafunktabrew.com) expanded its tasting room hours to 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Friday and 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Nuit Belge, an event combining Belgian and Belgian-style beers with food from local restaurants, is Feb. 3 at Generations Hall. Nuit Belge includes 14 restaurants plus St. James Cheese Company and Alabama's Murder Point Oysters.
Newly opened Wayward Owl Brewing Company (3940 Thalia St,, 504-827-1646; www.waywardowlbrewing.com) began the new year by distributing its Family Tree kristallweizen and Clean Slate IPA in cans that will debut at Rouses and other retailers soon. They're among several new beer options being introduced by local breweries early this year.
NOLA Brewing Company (3001 Tchoupitoulas St., 504-896-9996; www.nolabrewing.com), which celebrates its eighth anniversary in March, is expanding its beer selection and improving quality. NOLA Brewing collaborated with other breweries on several beers in 2016.