Beer buzz: Oktoberfest beers and celebrations in New Orleans

Events at local breweries and venues
Oktoberfest, the Bavarian harvest festival, brings oompah bands and mass consumption of German brews and sausages. The occasion usually is celebrated with the Marzen beer, a toasty, copper-colored lager with a medium body and mild hoppiness traditionally brewed in March (or Marzen in German) and allowed to age in cold cellars (a process known as "lagering") throughout the summer months.

Beer buzz: 2017 Louisiana Craft Brewer Week

NOLA on Tap and events at bars and restaurants
Louisiana Craft Brewer Week (LACBW) runs through Sept. 23. Here are some of the notable events remaining in this year's schedule.

Beer buzz: Louisiana Craft Brewers Week events

Highlights in New Orleans
Since 2013, the Louisiana Craft Brewers Guild has organized a week in September to showcase the state's growing beer industry. With many new and emerging breweries, Louisiana has much to celebrate.

Beer buzz: Port Orleans Brewing Company grows

Uptown brewery introduces new styles of beer
The future is here for Port Orleans Brewing Company (4124 Tchoupitoulas St., 504-266-2332; www.portorleansbrewingco.com). Its 30-barrel brewing system is churning out a growing repertoire of beers, though some of the more experimental brews are available only in its taproom.

Beer buzz: a toast to three Louisiana-made IPAs

Buzzing with Jucifer, Grace and Grit, and Ghost in the Machine
India Pale Ale, or IPA, is king of the craft beer movement, but it is a continuously evolving style. The once-popular West Coast-style IPA, known for its bitter and resinous hop character, has been replaced by the New England style: an unfiltered, juicy brew with more floral and citrus character.

Beer buzz: Brewsiana beer fest and summer beer

Beer event includes more than 20 Louisiana breweries
House of Blues (225 Decatur St., 504-310-4999; www.houseofblues.com/neworleans) hosts Brewsiana: Craft Beer & Music Festival at 7 p.m. Aug. 19.

Beer buzz: cool beer events in New Orleans in August

Plus out-of-state breweries join forces with local brewers
August is a hot month, but area breweries are attracting customers with cold brews and special events throughout the summer. Here are some of the cool beer-filled activities and announcements this month.

Beer buzz: Courtyard Brewery gets hopped up

Hoppy beers are popular at Lower Garden District nanobrewery
Courtyard Brewery (1020 Erato St.; www.courtyardbrewing.com) serves a steady rotation of house-brewed beers and offerings from other breweries and is introducing several new beers in coming weeks.   First up is How to Live in Style, originally brewed in conjunction with Modern Times Beer (www.moderntimesbeer.com) in California.

Beer buzz: Urban South Brewery debuts Quatrefoil sour IPA

The brewery also announces new dark beers
Though it only just celebrated its second year in existence, Urban South Brewery (1645 Tchoupitoulas St., 504-267-4852; www.urbansouthbrewery.com) is making waves in the local craft beer scene.   Louisiana native Jacob Landry founded the brewery, which opened in March 2016 in a large warehouse at the corner of Tchoupitoulas and Market streets in the Lower Garden District.

Beer buzz: West Bank Beer Fest and more local beer news

Plus the return of Ghost in the Machine
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.

Beer buzz: Wayward Owl's radler, plus more summer brews

What to drink this summer
Just in time to fight the summer heat, Wayward Owl Brewing Company (3940 Thalia St., 504-827-1646; www.waywardowlbrewing.com) will release Dat Radler, a tart, fizzy brew made with mango and passion fruit. It is 4.7 percent alcohol by volume.

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

Kitchens and food trucks pairing up with local beers
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.

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