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; 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.; 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 ( 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; 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; 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.

Beer buzz: What's on tap at Urban South, Wayward Owl and Courtyard

Brewery taprooms offer plenty of benefits for brewers and visitors alike. Some breweries have dozens of taps in their taprooms, offering greater variety than at many pubs.

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; holds its grand opening party 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday, June 3.


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