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Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Brewsday Tuesday: Parleaux Beer Lab's grand opening and new beers

Posted By on Tue, May 23, 2017 at 9:00 AM

NOLA Brewing's new IPA, Syncopation - NORA MCGUNNIGLE
  • Nora McGunnigle
  • NOLA Brewing's new IPA, Syncopation

Parleaux Beer Lab (634 Lesseps St., 504-702-8433) holds its grand opening party 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. June 3. There will be live music, food trucks and 12 beers on tap, including a few introduced during American Craft Beer Week. The brewery made two special brews just for the occasion: a 100 percent Brettanomyces-fermented stout aged with raspberries and cherries and a summer gose beer brewed with ginger, lime peel, Himalayan pink salt and coriander.

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Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Brewsday Tuesday: New recipes for flagship beers

Posted By on Tue, May 16, 2017 at 9:00 AM

The new look of Voodoo Pale Ale - TIN ROOF BREWING COMPANY
  • Tin Roof Brewing Company
  • The new look of Voodoo Pale Ale

Sometimes trying to fix a recipe forces a brewer back to the drawing board. Great Raft Brewing in Shreveport had to reconsider the recipe for its flagship beer, Southern Drawl, after last year’s harvest yielded hops that contained half the alpha acid bittering agents the beer needed. Small tweaks to the recipe didn’t restore the flavor the team wanted, so co-founder Andrew Nations decided to start from scratch, recreating a beer that accounts for 30 percent of the brewery's sales.

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Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Brewsday Tuesday: Nick Anzalone brews up change at Gordon Biersch

Posted By on Tue, May 9, 2017 at 9:00 AM

Nicholas Anzalone's created a hazy, hop-forward IPA with Citra hops at Gordon Biersch. - COURTESY GORDON BIERSCH NEW ORLEANS
  • Courtesy Gordon Biersch New Orleans
  • Nicholas Anzalone's created a hazy, hop-forward IPA with Citra hops at Gordon Biersch.

Gordon Biersch
 (200 Poydras St, 504-552-2739) head brewer Nicholas “Nick” Anzalone is determined to put his stamp on the Warehouse District brewpub’s program. Anzalone has been with the brewpub for two years and became the head brewer in November 2016.

Anzalone was a social worker and home-brewer who turned to brewing as a second career.

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Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Brewsday Tuesday: Extra Special Bitter

Posted By on Tue, May 2, 2017 at 9:00 AM

Tawny Twit ESB at Wayward Owl - NORA MCGUNNIGLE
  • Nora McGunnigle
  • Tawny Twit ESB at Wayward Owl
Amid the hops arms race and a trend toward bold flavored sour and barrel-aged beers, there’s a small but growing British beer trend in New Orleans' beer scene.

Currently, four of New Orleans' seven breweries are producing British-style ESB, or Extra Special Bitter, which balances malts with subtle bitterness, creating a beer that’s neither sweet or astringent. It’s easy to drink several of them while sitting at a pub or chatting with friends.

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Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Brewsday Tuesday: Port Orleans to open May 9

Posted By on Tue, Apr 25, 2017 at 9:00 AM

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  • Nora McGunnigle

Port Orleans Brewing Company (4124 Tchoupitoulas St.) has filled all of the brewery’s fermentors, and the taproom’s soft opening begins May 9. The taproom kitchen also opens May 9 and features a beer-focused menu created by chef Phillip Mariano (formerly of Domenica) and Jeremy Wolgamott (formerly of High Hat Cafe). A grand opening event will be later in May.

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Friday, April 21, 2017

Brew U: Shreveport lawmaker seeks to bar colleges from branding with beer companies

Posted By on Fri, Apr 21, 2017 at 2:49 PM

Tin Roof Brewery's "Bayou Bengal" lager. - SARAH GAMARD
  • SARAH GAMARD
  • Tin Roof Brewery's "Bayou Bengal" lager.

A contentious proposal in the Louisiana House of Representatives by a Shreveport lawmaker would prohibit a state institution of higher learning from allowing its name or symbol to be affixed to an alcoholic beverage.

This has ramification for both the microbreweries and the schools. The controversy even caught the attention of Gov. John Bel Edwards, who weighed into the brew-ha-ha Thursday.

The University of Louisiana at Lafayette and Louisiana State University, which have their own official beer associated with their brands, are in the crosshairs of the bill by Democratic Rep. Cedrick Glover, who believes there is no justification for a university officially branding itself with alcohol.

Glover believes the current licensing agreements with breweries is a sudsy slope to hard liquor branding, but his concerns go beyond the alcohol.

“If you do this, why not the official lottery ticket game of the various universities across the state?” he said facetiously. “Let’s have the Mike the Tiger pick-three card.”

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Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Brewsday Tuesday: Louisiana Purchase Brewing opens in Ponchatoula

Posted By on Tue, Apr 18, 2017 at 9:00 AM

Taylor Pellerin is the head brewer at Brieux Carre. - NORA MCGUNNIGLE
  • Nora McGunnigle
  • Taylor Pellerin is the head brewer at Brieux Carre.

Louisiana Purchase Brewing Company (128 W. Pine St., Ponchatoula,
225-362-7604) became fully permitted and licensed on April 7, making it the 35th brewery in Louisiana. Its grand opening weekend is April 28-29, for which founders Andy and Lindsey Turcotte have brewed a standard porter, a vanilla porter, a Galaxy-hopped IPA, an English-style bitter beer, a kolsch, a hefeweizen and an amber ale.

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Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Brewsday Tuesday: Pink Boots Society chapter established in Louisiana

Posted By on Tue, Apr 11, 2017 at 9:00 AM

(l-r) Allison Albert, Natasha Mintz, Kristin Boswell, Angela Grittman, Julie Perschall, Nikki Turrey - NIKKI TURREY
  • Nikki Turrey
  • (l-r) Allison Albert, Natasha Mintz, Kristin Boswell, Angela Grittman, Julie Perschall, Nikki Turrey

Louisiana now has its own local chapter of the Pink Boots Society, a nonprofit organization dedicated to support female beer professionals nationally and globally. Cities and states that have a critical mass of women in the industry gather in local chapters, and Louisiana is now at that point. (Disclosure: the author is a member of both the local and the larger organizations.)

The Louisiana group, spearheaded by the leadership of Wayward Owl taproom manager Angela Grittman, participated in the Pink Boots Society Big Boots Brew, a collective brewing day involving most of the worldwide chapters on March 8, which was also International Women’s Day.

Women from Wayward Owl, NOLA Brewing, Royal Brewery, and Parleaux Beer Lab worked together to brew a beer for the Big Boots Brew in collaboration with Wayward Owl, which provided the equipment and most of the ingredients.

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Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Brewsday Tuesday: News from Parleaux Beer Lab, Port Orleans Brewing and more

Posted By on Tue, Apr 4, 2017 at 9:00 AM

Eric Jensen opens Parleaux Beer Lab's tap room April 14. - NORA MCGUNNIGLE
  • Nora McGunnigle
  • Eric Jensen opens Parleaux Beer Lab's tap room April 14.

Parleaux Beer Lab (634 Lesseps St.) begins a soft opening for its tap room Friday, April 14. Its hours of operation will be 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday and 1 p.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday and Sunday through April 23. Beginning April 27, it will be open 3 p.m. to 10 p.m. Thursdays and Fridays and noon to 10 p.m. Saturdays and noon to 8 p.m. Sundays.

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Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Brewsday Tuesday: Courtyard Brewery to host Louisiana Hop Festival

Posted By on Tue, Mar 28, 2017 at 9:00 AM

Courtyard Brewery - NORA MCGUNNIGLE
  • Nora McGunnigle
  • Courtyard Brewery

Courtyard Brewery (1020 Erato St.) will host the inaugural Louisiana Hop Festival Thursday, April 20. Brewer-owner Scott Wood says the event is meant to fill the void left by the WYES International Beer Tasting, which ceased operations after its 2014 event. Courtyard’s state retail permit allows Wood to donate proceeds to the Louisiana Craft Brewers Guild, which has not been able to get permission from the Louisiana Office of Alcohol and Tobacco Control (ATC) to hold its own fundraising events.

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