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Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Tchoupitoulas Beer Garden opens in the Warehouse District

Posted By on Wed, Nov 11, 2015 at 11:57 AM

click to enlarge Braised pork belly is served at Tchoupitoulas Beer Garden, which opened Tuesday in the Warehouse District. - HELEN FREUND
  • Braised pork belly is served at Tchoupitoulas Beer Garden, which opened Tuesday in the Warehouse District.

Tchoupitoulas Beer Garden (840 Tchoupitoulas St.,, the latest in a series of craft breweries and beer halls, is now open in the Warehouse District.

The cavernous, 4,400 square-foot bar and restaurant, modeled on a Munich-style beer garden, opened Tuesday.

Outfitted with two bars, exposed brick walls and expansive beer garden-style communal seating, the bar’s Oktoberfest theme extends to the drink and food menus. A mix of German beers — served in 22-ounce steins — features Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier, Ayinger Oktoberfest and Kostritzer Schwarzbier. Local brews include  Bayou Teche Cocdrie and Covington Koslch, among others.

Rotating boilermaker specials include the Kentucky Bubbly, a beer-and-shot combo of Stella Cidre and Maker’s Mark and the TBG RyePA, a shot of Rittenhouse Rye and Goose Island IPA.

A menu divided into small plates and larger “bites” includes German standbys such as bratwurst, served with house-made mustard and grape jam and Bavarian-style goulash with beef, pork and potatoes served on its own or draped over debris fries and topped with cheddar. Braised pork belly is served alongside a duo of smoked apple jam and hickory feta crema, pickled grapes, cilantro and arugula. There also are hand-cut French fries, flatbreads and charcuterie.

Payment takes an unconventional and awkward route: Guests have to buy doubloons – plastic coins valued at $4.50 each – before making a purchase. Since drinks and food are listed in doubloon prices instead of their dollar value there's a bit of math required, which can stall ordering times. 

In tune with the convivial Oktoberfest theme, there are games including cards, board games, darts, foosball and ping pong.

Tchoupitoulas Beer Garden is open 4 p.m. to midnight Monday through Thursday and 11 a.m. to 1 a.m. Friday and Saturday. For more information, visit the bar's website here. 

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