Just off Frenchmen Street, the compact brewery and taproom Brieux Carre Brewing Company (2115 Decatur St., 504-304-4242) features a cozy bar area with 12 taps. There's a beer garden in back.
Owner Robert Bostick, head brewer Taylor Pellerin, investors and friends built the brewery, from hand-mixing concrete and digging drainage trenches to creating the bar top from a tree they found near Bogue Falaya. Local brew-house fabricator Craft Kettle Brewing Equipment made the brewing system.
"Literally everything in here has a story behind it," Bostick says.
Brieux Carre and Parleaux Beer Labin Bywater are awaiting permits from the city and the state and will be able to brew and serve beer within weeks of receiving them.
At Brieux Carre, Bostick and Pellerin have been working on brewing recipes, including easy-drinking beers such as the Breaux Carre Helles and Brieux Tang Cream Ale, as well as more adventurous styles like Pomeran- ian Imperial Saison.
In Bywater, between The Joint and Bacchanal Wine, shades of blue, green and teal decorate Parleaux Beer Lab (4224 Royal St.; www.parleauxbeerlab.com). The renovated building was full of junk when Eric and Leah Jensen purchased it for their brewery and taproom, and they repurposed much of what is inside the brewery today.
Brewing equipment lines two walls of the taproom.
"I love drinking with the equipment," Eric says. "I think it makes the beer taste better."
Eric built the cooler, bar area and tap system. In the restrooms, he used reclaimed wood for stalls and doors.
Parleaux's outdoor space is lined with fruit trees. One old shipping container provides storage space and another has been stripped to its frame and painted bright green. It will be used for seating.