Beer buzz: news from Port Orleans and new brew partnerships

Wayward Owl collabs with Brieux Carre, plus Urban South meets Parleaux
New breweries are a sign of the times. In 2000, there were about 1,500 microbrewers and brewpubs in the country.

Beer buzz: Meet Mark Burlet

Gambit's newest beer columnist
Nora McGunnigle initiated the Beer Buzz column four years ago, and her final piece appeared in last week's Gambit. Her knowledge and insight will be missed, but I hope to carry the torch and inform beer lovers of the latest beer news in New Orleans.

Beer buzz: So long and thanks for all the beer

Columnist Nora McGunnigle is leaving Gambit
I wrote my first article for Gambit on Louisiana's craft beer scene in March 2013. At the time of that story's publication, Chafunkta Brewing Company had gotten its permits and licenses but hadn't started brewing, Courtyard Brewery planned to open in Bywater, Old Rail Brewing Company was waiting for its final permits, and Gnarly Barley Brewing Company, 40 Arpent Brewing Company, Mudbug Brewery and Great Raft Brewing still were in the planning stages.

Beer buzz: news from Parleaux, Boucherie and new locals brews

Plus: Gnarly Barley releases its new flagship IPA
Parleaux Beer Lab (634 Lesseps St., 504-702-8433; www.parleauxbeerlab.com) holds its grand opening party 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday, June 3.

Beer buzz: Tin Roof and Great Raft redo some flagship beers

Recipes, reimagined
Trying to fix a recipe can force a brewer back to the drawing board.   Great Raft Brewing (www.great- raftbrewing.com) in Shreveport had to reconsider the recipe of its flagship beer, Southern Drawl, after last year's harvest yielded hops that contained half the alpha acid bittering agents the beer needed.

Beer buzz: Local flavor at Gordon Biersch

Nicholas Anzalone brews IPAs and more
Gordon Biersch (200 Poydras St., 504-552-2739; www.gordonbiersch.com/locations/new-orleans) head brewer Nicholas "Nick" Anzalone is determined to put his stamp on the Warehouse District brewpub. Anzalone was a social worker and home brewer who turned to brewing as a second career.

Beer buzz: Extra Special Bitter

ESB, a traditional British beer style, is popular at local breweries
Amid the hops arms race and a trend toward bold-flavored sour and barrel-aged beers, there's a small but growing British beer trend in New Orleans' beer scene.   Currently, four of New Orleans' seven breweries are producing British-style ESB, or "extra special bitter," which balances malts with subtle bitterness, creating a beer that's neither sweet nor astringent.

Beer buzz: news from Port Orleans, Freret Beer Room and upcoming fests

Twisted Beer Fest is coming in June, and Nottoway Beer Fest in July
Port Orleans Brewing Company (4124 Tchoupitoulas St.; www.portorleansbrewingco.com) has filled all of the brewery's fermenters, and the taproom's soft opening is May 9. The taproom kitchen also opens May 9 and features a beer-focused menu created by chef Phillip Mariano (formerly of Domenica and Josephine Estelle) and Jeremy Wolgamott (formerly of High Hat Cafe).

Beer buzz: Louisiana Purchase opens, plus more local beer news

New brews at Brieux Carre, and the future of Louisiana craft beer
Taylor Pellerin, head brewer at Brieux Carre. Louisiana Purchase Brewing Company (128 W. Pine St., Ponchatoula, 225-362-7604; www.facebook.com/lapurchasebrewingco) became fully permitted and licensed on April 7, making it Louisiana's 35th brewery.

Beer buzz: Louisiana opens Pink Boots Society chapter

An organization for women in the beer industry
Louisiana now has its own local chapter of the Pink Boots Society, a nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting female beer professionals globally. Cities and states that have a critical mass of women in the industry gather in local chapters, and Louisiana has reach-ed that point.

Beer buzz: New tap rooms and beers

Hoppy local beers and a new brewery
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.

Beer buzz: Courtyard Brewery hosts Louisiana Hops Festival April 20

The festival celebrates local beers
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.

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