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Covington Brewhouse opens its new brewery tap room on April 17 

click to enlarge Covington Brewhouse brewmaster Brian Broussard, brewer James Cancienne, brewer Mike Ogden, and Dan Cobb share the first toast in the new tap room.

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Covington Brewhouse brewmaster Brian Broussard, brewer James Cancienne, brewer Mike Ogden, and Dan Cobb share the first toast in the new tap room.

Covington Brewhouse (226 E. Lockwood St., Covington, 985-893-2884; www.covingtonbrewhouse.com) opens its new brewery tap room April 17. The 10-tap tasting room will have space for 30 to 40 people, and it will be open 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday through Friday and 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

  Founded in 2005 as Heiner Brau, the brewery is making a fresh start under the ownership of new head brewer Brian Broussard and former high school teacher David Arbo. They added Anonymous IPA to the brewery's year-round lineup and introduced a new seasonal series, including a recently released pale ale. Rock & Roll Summer, a farmhouse ale, will soon debut for summer. In fall, the brewery will release a traditional Oktoberfest-style Fest Bier. Electric Porter is its winter beer.

  "Our building is over 100 years old and is an historic landmark of Covington," Arbo says. "Most people know it as the old Alexius hardware building but it also spent time as a gymnasium and a cotton processing warehouse.

  "We expect to both enhance and benefit from this aspect of [downtown] Covington," Arbo adds.

  The brewery's location at the end of the Tammany Trace bike path and across the street from Trailhead Park creates opportunities to participate in area events as well. There is a block party featuring food vendors and live music on the street in front of the brewery from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Friday, April 24, and the tap room will be open during the event.

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