Brewsday Tuesday: Two brewery parties


Gnarly Barley's first GnarBQ in 2014.
  • Gnarly Barley's first GnarBQ in 2014.

The Courtyard Brewery (1020 Erato St.) opened Oct. 23, 2014, and co-founders Scott Wood and Lindsay Hellwig will celebrate with an anniversary party beginning at 10 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 24. The event will feature 13 Courtyard beers on tap, including a double IPA called To Reach the Western Lands, crowd favorites such as Baby IPA and Sonic Youth in 1983 IPA, and new offerings Old Sleepyhead wheat wine, Blanche de New Orleans wit and Stars Are Cold white IPA. Guest taps include Founders Brewing Company's KBS and three versions of Great Raft Brewing’s double dry-hopped Commotion pale ale, which uses three types of hops — Citra, Mosaic and oaked Cascade.

“We'll be hosting a cochon de lait with pigs that we've been feeding our spent grain over the last year,” Wood says.

There also will be food trucks that have served Courtyard patrons, including St. Clair Wood Fired Pizza, Taceaux Loceaux, Taylor Made Wings on the Geaux and Frencheeze.

Gnarly Barley Brewing (1709 Corbin Road, Hammond, 985-318-0723 kicks off its new series of high-gravity, or high alcohol level, beers on Oct. 24 with a release party for Imperial Korova Milk Porter. The brewery’s second annual GnarBQ is from noon to 5 p.m. Barbecue will be provided by writer/chef Jay Ducote, a recent finalist on The Next Food Network Star.

Admission is $20 and includes food and a commemorative snifter filled with Imperial Korova. Guests also can purchase bottled and draft beer.

Gnarly Barley enthusiasts who want to sample Imperial Korova should attend the GnarBQ. “We only bottled 1,000 and are planning on selling a lot at the GnarBQ," says brewery co-founder Cari Caramonta. "We will have a very limited amount to sell to retailers.”

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