Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Brewsday Tuesday: Urban South Brewery is growing

Posted By on Tue, Jul 18, 2017 at 10:28 AM

Urban South Quatrefoil - MARK BURLET
  • Mark Burlet
  • Urban South Quatrefoil

Brewing destinations are popping up along the Mississippi River. NOLA Brewing Company has been joined by newcomers including Port Orleans Brewing Company in Uptown and Parleaux Bear Lab in Bywater. One of the larger operations on that stretch is making waves and only just celebrated its second year in existence: Urban South Brewery (1645 Tchoupitoulas St., 504-267-4852).

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Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Brewsday Tuesday: Tulane and NOLA Brewing to debut Green Wave Beer

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


NOLA Brewing Company is working with Tulane University to create Green Wave Beer. The brew will be a filtered hefeweizen with traditional wheat-beer notes of clove and banana. It is expected to be released in time for Tulane's opening football game against Grambling State University at Yulman Stadium Sept. 2. It also will be available at bars, restaurants and stores in the fall.

Parish Brewing Company released the latest edition of its much-sought-after Ghost in the Machine. The double IPA is normally produced in smaller quantities, but this summer, Parish is rolling out new batches on a more frequent basis.

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Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Brewday Tuesday: Wayward Owl to release Dat Raddler

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

  • Mark Burlet

Just in time to fight the summer heat, Wayward Owl Brewing Company (3940 Thalia St., 504-827-1646) will release Dat Radler, a tart, fizzy brew made with mango and passionfruit. It is 4.7 precent alcohol by volume. It will be available exclusively in the brewery tasting room beginning Tuesday, July 11.

Beer lovers who want something light but with more flavor than mass-produced lagers can find many options on local store shelves. Here are a few options from craft breweries in the surrounding region and Michigan.

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Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Brewsday Tuesday: Dining with beer in New Orleans

Posted By on Tue, Jun 27, 2017 at 9:00 AM

Beer and a menu at Avenue Pub - MARK BURLET
  • Mark Burlet
  • Beer and a menu at Avenue Pub

It's no surprise that beer and food go together, but the pairing is becoming more sophisticated in New Orleans, as in beer-pairing dinners in which brewers coordinate with chefs. Freret Beer Room opened to highlight beer and food pairings, and it hosts Founders Brewing Company of Grand Rapids, Michigan at a special dinner July 11. Below are some restaurants and breweries to sample food and drink together.

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Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Brewsday Tuesday: New beers at local taprooms

Posted By on Tue, Jun 20, 2017 at 9:00 AM

The chalkboard menu at Wayward Owl's taproom offers an array of choices. - MARK BURLET
  • Mark Burlet
  • The chalkboard menu at Wayward Owl's taproom offers an array of choices.

Brewery taprooms have plenty of benefits for brewers and visitors alike. Some breweries have dozens of taps in their taprooms, offering greater variety than at many pubs. Brewers also can serve beers that have not hit the broader market to gauge interest or experiment with different versions of a beer.

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Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Brewsday Tuesday: Welcome Port Orleans Brewing — and cheers to some tasty collaborations

Posted By on Tue, Jun 13, 2017 at 9:13 AM

Beer list and brewing equipment in the background at Port Orleans Brewing Co. - PHOTO BY MARK BURLET
  • Photo by Mark Burlet
  • Beer list and brewing equipment in the background at Port Orleans Brewing Co.

New breweries appear to be a sign of the times. In 2000, there were about 1,500 microbrewers and brewpubs in the country. By 2010, the number was nearly 2,000. Suddenly, in 2016, we passed 5,000 breweries and the count continues to increase. In Louisiana alone, our options have tripled in just the last five years to about 30. Lucky for us — and for the brewers — we like to drink here, and drinking locally is easier than ever.

Port Orleans Brewing Company
 has been open only for a month, but already it offers a wide variety of beer styles from a location at 4124 Tchoupitoulas St. In addition to an opening lineup of Riverfront Lager (a golden malty brew), Storyville IPA (a light citrusy-hopped IPA) and Slackwater Brown (a sweet and roasty medium-brown ale), the brewery currently offers a pilsner, a pale ale infused with tea and a zwickelbier (an unfiltered light, German-style beer).

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Friday, June 9, 2017

Bourree to host 'pig picking party' June 11 and 18

Posted By on Fri, Jun 9, 2017 at 4:37 PM


Bourree (1510 S. Carrollton Ave., 504-510-4040) announced a new series of Sunday pig picking and live music events. The first event is 3 p.m.-6 p.m. Sunday, June 11 with the jazz band Tuba Skinny and a roasted whole hog.

The events take place in Bourree's front patio space. There are 10 beers on tap, most of them from regional breweries including Abita Brewing Company, Second Line Brewing, Port Orleans Brewing Company and Southern Prohibition Brewing. There are $5 fruit daiquiris during the event. Frozen drinks include a hurricane, gin and tonic, strawberry and jalapeno and the Tuckerberry Finn, made with bourbon, amaretto, blackberries and lemon and orange juices. Partygoers also will be able to order chicken wings, po-boys and boudin.

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Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Brewsday Tuesday: Parleaux Beer Lab's grand opening

Posted By on Tue, Jun 6, 2017 at 9:00 AM


Nora McGunnigle initiated the Brewsday Tuesday column four years ago and her final piece appeared in last week’s Gambit. Her knowledge and insight will be missed, but I hope to carry the torch and inform beer lovers of the latest beer news. I am a New Orleans native, a longtime homebrewer and longer-time consumer of good brews. I hope to bring a new perspective to beer and drinks writing in this space.

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Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Brewsday Tuesday: So long and thanks for all the beer

Posted By on Tue, May 30, 2017 at 11:05 AM

  • Nora McGunnigle

I wrote my first article for Gambit in March 2013 on “Louisiana’s Craft Brew Scene.” At the time of that story’s publication, Chafunkta Brewing Company had gotten its permits and licenses but hadn’t started brewing, Courtyard Brewery planned to open in Bywater, Old Rail Brewing Company was waiting for its final permits, and Gnarly Barley Brewing Company, 40 Arpent Brewing Company, Mudbug Brewery and Great Raft Brewing were still in the planning stages.

A lot has changed since then. Louisiana grew from six production breweries and two brewpubs to five brewpubs, 18 production breweries and five nanobreweries. New Orleans now has 10 breweries, up from three in 2013.

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Friday, May 26, 2017

Royal Brewery celebrates grand opening in New Orleans East

Posted By on Fri, May 26, 2017 at 1:17 PM

  • Nora McGunnigle

Royal Brewery celebrates its grand opening over a long Memorial Day weekend with music, food and, of course, beer. Right now, brewers Raymond Pumilia and Michael Ogden are working on Royal’s Culicidae Ale, an American pale ale fermented with British ale yeast. Culicidae batches "001" and "002" will be available for purchase by the pint. The beer’s name is the scientific term for mosquito.

Head Brewer Ogden says the next beers brewed will be a clean-drinking lager and a light cream ale, perfect for the summer season. Over more than 20 years, Ogden has brewed beer at Abita Brewing Company and Covington Brewhouse. He says he learned to brew on large systems like Royal Brewery’s 30-barrel brewhouse, and always brewed other people’s recipes.

Joining up with Pumilia gives him access to the creative process for the first time. He will develop ideas and test them on the small pilot system, Pumilla’s old homebrew setup. The two men, both New Orleans natives, have been friends since childhood and have similar beer palates and brewing philosophies.

This weekend, the brewery hosts more than a dozen local bands and DJs. The Unnaturals perform at 7:30 p.m. Friday, followed by the Suplecs at 9 p.m. Saturday features DJ Swamp Boogie at 1 p.m., Sunrise Sunset at 3 p.m., Mahayla and Liquor & Lies at 6 p.m., Zombies Eating Sheep at 8 p.m. and MC Trachiotomy at 9 p.m. Sunday includes Fury & The Whole World Shakes at 4 p.m., Bayou at 5 p.m., Alpha Sardine at 6:30 p.m. and Rik Slave’s Country Persuasion at 7:30 p.m.

Co-founder Mandy Pumilia says the music lineup is a result of “calling in 10 years’ worth of favors.”

The brewery’s weekend hours are 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Friday through Sunday. Mandy says that the brewery will take cues from customers for regular taproom hours, but expects that those hours will be roughly 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. Thursday through Sunday.

Royal Brewery is located near new development projects in the Lakefront, Marina and Lincoln Beach areas. The development of “Lakefront Landing” by Tipitina’s owners Roland and Mary von Kurnatowski is underway. The National World War II Museum’s PT-305 patrol torpedo boat was placed in the water in April and is open to the public, and restaurants and cafes are open in the area.

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