Beer at Commander's Palace
After the positive response to Commander’s Palace’s "BBQ and beer" pairing
last summer, head bartender Ferrel Dugas says she was able to add craft beers, including local brews, to Commander’s menu.
“We got a lot of good feedback in July,” Dugas says, noting that higher quality beers are increasingly popular in New Orleans restaurants. “So why do we have to do just Bud Light types of beer?”
The craft beers now on the menu at Commander’s Palace
(1403 Washington Ave., 504-899-8221; www.commanderspalace.com
) are mostly local or regional, along with Old Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout from North Coast Brewing in California. The other four are Canebrake from Parish Brewing in Broussard, Jefferson Stout from Lazy Magnolia Brewing in Kiln, Mississippi, Abita Amber and NOLA Brewing's Brown Ale.
“Ti [Martin] actually likes NOLA Brown and NOLA Blonde (Ale) the best,” Dugas says.
The Mid-City restaurant 1000 Figs
(3141 Ponce De Leon St., 504-301-0848; www.1000figs.com
) is known for its falafel, hummus, and Mediterranean food. The brick-and-mortar was spun off from the Fat Falafel food truck. Since acquiring a license to serve beer and wine in August, the cafe also offers a good beer selection.
Owners Theresa Galli and Gavin Cady assembled a list including Stillwater Artisanal’s Yacht dry-hopped lager, Evil Twin Brewing’s Citra Sunshine Slacker session IPA, Southern Prohibition Brewing’s Suzy B blonde ale and Brewery Ommegang’s Hop House Belgian-style pale ale.
Galli notes that the beers were chosen to pair with the Middle Eastern-inspired menu, with its lighter lemon citrus flavor profiles.
“We enjoy beer more than wine,” Galli says. “The beer menu is a reflection of our personal taste.”
The restaurant's happy hour runs from 3 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. and features a $2 discount on all beers.