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.
Its time to raise a beer to celebrate the new year and look at New Orleans' beer scene in 2016 and 2017. In 2016, two breweries opened in New Orleans: Urban South Brewery (1645 Tchoupitoulas St., 504-267-4852; www.urbansouthbrewery.com) opened in March and Wayward Owl Brewing Company (3940 Thalia St., 504-827-1646; www.waywardowlbrewing.com) followed in November.
Gnarly Barley Brewing Company (1709 Corbin Road, Hammond, 985-318-0723; www.gnarlybeer.com) is expanding, say founders Cari and Zac Caramonta. The brewery will double its current capacity, adding a chiller, three 60-barrel fermentation tanks and one five-barrel tank to use for experimental beers.
Bayou Teche Brewing (1106 Bushville Highway, Arnaudville, 337-754-5122; www.bayoutechebrewing.com) has much to celebrate this holiday season, including a new collaboration with Grammy-nominated Cajun band Lost Bayou Ramblers, an expansion in production and a new IPA. Bayou Teche has collaborated with the Lost Bayou Ramblers since the brewery supplied the band with beer during recording sessions for Mammoth Waltz in 2010.
New Orleans' newest brewery, Wayward Owl Brewing Company (3940 Thalia St,, 504-827-1646; www.waywardowlbrewing.com), has opened a tasting room to sell test batches of beer before its official grand opening event Dec. 17. Located in the renovated Gem Theater in Broadmoor, the brewery's tasting room is open 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.
As the holidays approach, there are many reasons to toast in celebration with a beer. This year, New Orleanians can raise a glass of one of several new Louisiana beers and enjoy these upcoming events.
Wayward Owl (3940 Thalia St., 504-827-1646; www.waywardowlbrewing.com) officially is the city's fourth production brewery and is close to opening to the public. Construction on the brewery's taproom is in the final stages and the business is licensed to brew.
The Courtyard Brewery (1020 Erato St.; www.courtyardbrewing.com) celebrated its second anniversary on Oct. 22. Owner and brewer Scott Wood estimates that between 2,500 and 3,000 people attended based on beer sold — roughly 60 slim kegs filled with 25 unique Courtyard beers.
Oktoberfest is over, but there
are plenty of local beer events
in November. • Remoulade (309 Bourbon St., 504-523-0377; www.remoulade.com), the casual eatery run by Arnaud's Restaurant, hosts a "Crushable Craft B(Roux)" tasting dinner at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 10.
Brooklyn Brewery's MASH tour returns to New Orleans Nov. 18-20 with events including a concert, a beer festival and
a bar crawl. "Folks that love good beer tend to be the same people who are a vibrant part of their city's culture," says chef Andrew Gerson, head of Brooklyn's culinary programming.