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Courtyard Brewery opens 

  After building the Erato Street brewery themselves, creating decor out of recycled materials, head brewer Scott Wood and Lindsay Hellwig open Courtyard Brewery (1020 Erato St.; Thursday, Oct. 23. It will be cash only during the soft opening, Wood says.

  The Louisiana Office of Alcohol and Tobacco Control (ATC) granted Courtyard's license to brew and serve beer in early October, and Wood has begun brewing test batches. The first few weeks will feature special guest draft beers while the house beer is brewing. The brewery is equipped with 13 taps, but will start with six to eight taps until Wood's beer is ready.

  This week, Courtyard will open 2 p.m.-9 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 23; 6 p.m.-9 p.m. Friday, Oct. 24; and 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Beginning next week, it will open from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. Thursdays and Fridays and 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays. Wood plans to add Sunday brewery tours once it's up and running.

  Wood also says that he, NOLA Brewing ( and other New Orleans breweries in planning stages are working on a New Orleans-area guild to focus on lobbying and promoting awareness of zoning needs of small local breweries.

  "We want to work with the [City Planning Commission] and (New Orleans) City Council toward promoting local breweries, supporting startups, and modernizing city laws and ordinances," Wood says.

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