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Beer buzz: Food and beer pairings at local restaurants and breweries 

Kitchens and food trucks pairing up with local beers

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It's no surprise that beer and food go together, but the pairing is becoming more sophisticated in New Orleans, as seen in beer-pairing dinners in which brewers coordinate with chefs. Here are some restaurants and breweries that highlight food and drink together.

• Freret Beer Room (5018 Freret St., 504-298-7468; www.freretbeerroom.com) was created as the city's first beer-centric restaurant and tailored its menu to a beer-drinker's palate. It hosts a pairing dinner with Founders Brewing of Michigan at 7 p.m. Tuesday, July 11. Founders will highlight its PC Pils, All Day IPA, Curmudgeon OIJ Ale, Doom (a high-alcohol, barrel-aged imperial stout) and KBS (Kentucky Breakfast Stout).

• The Avenue Pub (1732 St. Charles Ave., 504-586-9243; www.theavenuepub.com) has a small kitchen that serves a menu created by consulting chef Nathanial Zimet of Boucherie and Bourree. The menu of burgers and brats is complemented by vegetarian options and a selection of loaded fries. The Avenue Pub offers a wide array of American craft and imported brews.

• NOLA Brewing Company (3001 Tchoupitoulas St., 504-896-9996; www.nolabrewing.com) has permanent resident McClure's BBQ handling the dining needs at its spacious taproom, which offers beers not available elsewhere.

• Courtyard Brewery (1020 Erato St.; www.courtyardbrewing.com) features a rotating daily lineup of food trucks until 9 p.m., including appearances Saigon Slim's, Frencheeze Food Truck and Taylor Made Wings on the Geaux.

• Ancora Pizzeria & Salumeria (4508 Freret St., 324-1636; www.ancorapizza.com) stepped up its suds game recently with a beer-pairing dinner June 26 with Urban South Brewery.

• Port Orleans Brewing Company (4124 Tchoupitoulas St., 504-266-2332; www.portorleansbrewingco.com) has a full-service restaurant, Stokehold, in its taproom. Brew-friendly items include pretzel rolls made with spent grain from the brewery.

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