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- 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; 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.; 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; 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.; 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.; 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.

Beer buzz: Louisiana Purchase to open in Pontchatoula

The brewery expects to open in time for the Strawberry Festival
Royal Brewery (7366 Townsend Place, 504-415-8444; in New Orleans East is the third brewery this month to receive its license to brew beer in the city. It's the 10th brewery (including brewpubs) in the city and the 33rd in Louisiana.

Beer buzz: Broad Street Cider & Ale coming to Broad

The cider house is expected to open later this year
New Orleans' brewery and distillery scene is on the rise with four breweries set to open this spring and four distilleries opened this year. Now, another type of alcoholic beverage business is joining the mix: fermented cider.

Beer buzz: Spigots Brew Pub opens, plus more Louisiana beer news

Spigots is the state's 29th brewery
Spigots Brew Pub (622 Barrow St., Houma, 985-333-3103; became Louisiana's 29th brewery when it opened in downtown Houma in February. Co-founders Jacob Aucoin and Knickolas Turner began construction of their 10,000-square-foot brewpub last year and sponsored the 2016 Bayou Beer Festival in November.

Beer buzz: Royal Brewery to open in New Orleans East

Plus: Urban South celebrates its first anniversary March 18
Raymond and Mandy Pumilia, founders of Royal Brewery New Orleans (7366 Townsend Place, 504-723-4151; in New Orleans East, say they will begin brewing as soon as they receive permits. Their 30-barrel brewhouse is installed, and they await final approval of the city fire marshal and Louisiana Office of Alcohol and Tobacco Control.


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