Brewsday Tuesday: Courtyard Brewery celebrates solstice with dark beers


Courtyard Brewery owner Scott Wood updates the menu board.
  • Courtyard Brewery owner Scott Wood updates the menu board.

The winter solstice, the shortest day of the year, is Sunday, Dec. 21. Getting through that darkest day may require some beer-related assistance, and Courtyard Brewery (1020 Erato St.) can help.

Owners Scott Wood and Lindsay Hellwig are planning a 72-hour dark beer tap takeover during the winter solstice called Dark Hours. Throughout the weekend, the brewery and tap room will serve some of the best dark stouts, porters, old ales and Belgians that can be found in the city, including Bayou Teche Brewing’s Biere Noel (from a single batch of barrel-aged cherry porter), NOLA Brewing’s Irish Channel Stout and barrel-aged Smoky Mary, Saint Arnold’s 20th Anniversary Ale (a barley wine) and Southern Prohibition’s barrel-aged Mississippi Fire Ant.

Wood and Hellwig also will offer special beers on tap, including Sierra Nevada’s Narwhal Imperial Stout, Terrapin’s Wake 'N' Bake 10th anniversary beer and Turtleneck Gingerbread Winter Warmer and Anchor Brewing’s 2013 batch of its annual Christmas ale.

These are dark, hearty, warming, big beers, so Hellwig has designed a special nine-ounce tasting glass that commemorates the event. The glasses will be for sale with purchase of the dark beers. The brewery’s Dark Hours are from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Friday through Sunday (Dec. 19-21).

In other Courtyard news, the St. Clair Wood Fired Pizza food truck will be at the brewery from 2 p.m. to 9 p.m. Saturdays and La Cocinita will serve food from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Fridays starting Dec. 19.

After some technical difficulties, Wood has begun brewing and hopes several IPAs and a hibiscus pale ale will available at the start of the new year.

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