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Beer buzz: Courtyard Brewery hosts Louisiana Hops Festival April 20 

The festival celebrates local beers

Courtyard Brewery will host the Louisiana Hop Festival April 20.

Photo by Nora McGunnigle

Courtyard Brewery will host the Louisiana Hop Festival April 20.

Courtyard Brewery (1020 Erato St.; www.courtyardbrewing.com) will host a new 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. Wood says he plans to make the festival an annual event.

  "We decided to host this Louisiana Hop Festival in order to build awareness for local beer and to showcase our shared dedication to pushing the boundaries of flavor and complexity," Wood says.

  There's an open invitation to Louisiana manufacturing breweries to send specialty beers, specifically IPAs, Wood says. He also invites breweries without distribution licenses to collaborate on beers to be served at the event.

  Old Rail Brewing Company's Matthew Horney collaborated with Wood to make a low-alcohol sour IPA. Courtyard will provide eight hoppy beers as well as a few hazy Northeastern-style IPAs, Woods says.

  Ten breweries will send beer, and Wood says he expects others to participate.

  "We're going for quality over quantity with this festival," Wood says. "We aim to tap only specialty beers to allow breweries to showcase their talents."

  Home-brewed beer is not part of the festival, but Wood says he plans to include homebrewers in the future.

  Admission is free. Beer and food from Turkey and the Wolf, Stein's Market & Deli and Taylor Made Wings on the Geaux will be sold. There also will be commemorative glassware and tasting tokens. Visit www.louisianahopfest.com for more information.

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