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Tom Conklin to open farmhouse brewery on the Northshore 

  The farm-to-table concept extends to the bottle, and Tom Conklin, who formerly was the head brewer at the local franchise of brew-pub Gordon Biersch (200 Poydras St., 504-552-2739;, will open a farmhouse brewery on the Northshore in early 2015.

  Conklin is ready to begin construction of his brewery on the grounds of Chappapeela Farms ( in Husser. It will be called Chappapeela Farms Brewery and will produce conditioned saisons and farmhouse ales in 750 milliliter bottles.

  "I'll also be doing some barrel aging and working with [brettanomyces]" Conklin says. Brettanomyces is a yeast strain that adds distinctive flavor to beer.

  Farmhouse ales and saisons are styles developed by farmers in France and Belgium in the 19th and early 20th centuries.

  "I've been trying to get this project going for a decade," Conklin says. He and his business partner are part owners of the farm and plan to build the brewery in an existing farmhouse. Conklin hopes to open in February 2015, but says it may be as late as April.

  Conklin has been consulting while laying the groundwork for this venture. He hopes to begin building the brewery in the next few weeks, and as that develops he will start promoting his beers with chefs at local restaurants.


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