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Beer buzz: New tap rooms and beers 

Hoppy local beers and a new brewery

Eric Jensen opens Parleaux Beer Lab's tap room April 14.

Photo by Nora McGunnigle

Eric Jensen opens Parleaux Beer Lab's tap room April 14.

Parleaux Beer Lab (634 Lesseps St.; www.parleauxbeerlab.com) will have a soft opening of its tap room Friday, April 14. Its hours of operation are 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, noon to 10 p.m. Saturdays and noon to 8 p.m. Sundays.

  Co-founder and head brewer Eric Jensen says Parleaux has brewed an IPA, farmhouse ale, German altbier with rooibos and lemon grass Kolsch.

  The official grand opening celebration is Saturday, June 3.

• Brieux Carre Brewing Company (2115 Decatur St., 504-304-4242; www.brieuxcarre.com) held its grand opening April 1. It is open from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily.

• The Louisiana Hop Festival is at Courtyard Brewery (1020 Erato St.; www.louisianahopfest.com) April 20, but there are several new beers from Louisiana breweries for hop hunters to sample before then. Gnarly Barley Brewing Company's Brightside IPA was introduced at the brewery April 1 and four- and six-packs of cans are available in stores.

  Urban South Brewery's new small-batch double IPA, Finial, is available in New Orleans in four-packs of cans.

  Tin Roof Brewing Company's reinvented Juke Joint IPA will be available in bars and stores in early April. The brewery's reimagined Voodoo American Pale Ale will be available at the end of April.

• Port Orleans Brewing Company (4124 Tchoupitoulas St.; www.facebook.com/portorleansbrewingco) received its temporary occupancy permit from Louisiana's Office of Alcohol and Tobacco Control (ATC). This allows it to begin brewing beer, making it the 34th brewery in Louisiana and 10th in New Orleans (including brewpubs).

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