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Thursday, August 28, 2014

Cooter Brown's Tavern opens Snooty Cooter to focus on craft beer

Posted By on Thu, Aug 28, 2014 at 5:22 PM

click to enlarge Jonathan Junca, proprietor of The Snooty Cooter, surrounded by the bar-within-a-bar's craft and import taps.
  • Jonathan Junca, proprietor of The Snooty Cooter, surrounded by the bar-within-a-bar's craft and import taps.

The Snooty Cooter, the new craft beer-focused back bar at Cooter Brown’s Tavern (509 S. Carrollton Ave., 504-866-9104), had a soft opening on Thursday, August 28 and will have an official opening Saturday, Aug. 30. There are 20 taps of American craft and high-end import brews, with something for every palate — with beers including Monk’s Cafe Flemish Ale, New Belgium Lips of Faith Gratzer, Yalobusha Testify, Sierra Nevada Flipside, Ayinger Bavarian Oktoberfest and Southern Tier Pumking.

Cooter Brown’s manager Jonathan Junca has been overseeing the transformation of the back bar into Snooty Cooter’s since July and says it’s been a fast-paced eight weeks turning the idea he shared with Cooter Brown's founder Larry Berestitzky into reality.

“It’s not like we decided, let’s just add 20 new drafts,” Junca says. “It was more, let’s find out what we can do back here that we’re not really seeing around town.”

Junca and Berestitzky agreed that in recent years, Cooter Brown’s has been better known as a sports bar, but when the bar opened in 1977, it was the only place that served imports, and it had the most taps in town. With the craft beer trend becoming stronger in New Orleans, Junca and Berestitzky decided it was time to go back to the bar's roots and reclaim its reputation as beer innovators.

The Snooty Cooter will be open during the week from 5 p.m. until closing, and from noon on Saturdays and Sundays. The bar is smoke-free, although there is a covered area outside in front where smoking is permitted. Junca expects to institute weeknight happy hour specials, a service industry night and canned craft beer specials. Junca also hopes to collaborate with local breweries, and in 2015, add a beer-pairing food menu.

Junca says information about Snooty Cooter will be posted on social media, primarily Facebook.

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