Courtyard Brewing opening Oct. 23 in the Lower Garden District

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Scott Wood at Courtyard Brewing
  • Scott Wood at Courtyard Brewing

After building out the Erato Street brewery by themselves and creating decor out of recycled material, Scott Wood and Lindsay Hellwig will open Courtyard Brewery at 1020 Erato St. in the Lower Garden District Thursday, Oct. 23, from 2-9 p.m. On Oct. 24, they will be open from 6-9 p.m., and over the weekend, they will open from 11 a.m.-9 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. It will be cash only during the soft open, Wood says.

Wood, who's the head brewer, says he and Hellwig been receiving at least half a dozen inquiries per day about the brewery opening: “It’s pretty crazy how much people are bugging us about this.”

The Louisiana Alcohol and Tobacco Commission (ATC) granted Courtyard its state license to brew and serve beer at the beginning of the month, and Wood has begun brewing test batches. Since his beer will take several weeks to come online, however, the first few weeks will feature special guest draft beer while the house beer is brewing. The brewery has 13 taps, but will start with 6 to 8 taps until Wood's beer goes on.

After the opening weekend, Courtyard Brewing will be open Thursday through Sunday; opening at 4 p.m. on Thursday and Friday and 11 a.m. on weekends. The tap room will close every night at 9 p.m. Wood plans to start offering tours on Sundays, once things are up and running. A grand opening celebration will follow in several months.

Wood also says that he, NOLA Brewing, and several New Orleans breweries in planning are working to start a New Orleans-specific guild to focus on lobbying and promoting awareness of zoning needs of small local breweries. “We want to work with the CPC [City Planning Commission] and City Council toward promoting local breweries, supporting startups, and modernizing city laws and ordinances,” Wood says, adding, “It’s a really interesting time for beer in the city."

Keep up with the Courtyard Brewery on Facebook or Twitter. News of the guest beers and other news will be updated regularly on social media.

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