Courtesy David Arbo, Covington Brewhouse
Covington Brewhouse brewmaster Brian Broussard, brewer James Cancienne, brewer Mike Ogden, and Dan Cobb share the first toast in the new tap room.
(226 E. Lockwood St., Covington, 985-893-2884) will open its new brewery tap room April 17. The 10-tap tasting room will have space for 30 to 40 people, and to start, its hours of operation will be 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday through Friday and 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.
Founded in 2005 as Heiner Brau, the brewery has been working during the past 18 months to make a fresh start under the ownership of new head brewer Brian Broussard and former high school teacher David Arbo.
Broussard and Arbo added Anonymous IPA to their year-round lineup and introduced a new seasonal series, including a recently released pale ale for spring that's in stores now. Rock & Roll Summer Farmhouse Ale will soon debut for summer. In fall, the brewery will release its traditional Fest Bier, an Oktoberfest style and a nod to the brewery’s German roots. Electric Porter is its winter beer.
“Our building is over 100 years old and is an historic landmark of Covington,” Arbo says. “Most people know it as the old Alexius hardware building but it also spent time as a gymnasium and a cotton processing warehouse. It’s right next to the old train depot and is part of impromptu walking tours as people visit the shops, antique stores and restaurants in the area.”
“We expect to both enhance and benefit from this aspect of [downtown] Covington,” Arbo adds.
The brewery’s location at the end of the Tammany Trace bike path and across the street from Trailhead park creates opportunities to participate in area events as well. There is a block party featuring food vendors and live music on the street in front of the brewery from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Friday, April 24, and the tap room will be open during the event.