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Beer buzz: cool beer events in New Orleans in August

Plus out-of-state breweries join forces with local brewers

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August is a hot month, but area breweries are attracting customers with cold brews and special events throughout the summer. Here are some of the cool beer-filled activities and announcements this month.

  • Port Orleans Brewing Company (4124 Tchoupitoulas St., 504-266-2332; www.portorleansbrewingco.com) offers free tours of its facility at noon and 2 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. Each tour is limited to 20 participants and is first-come, first-served.

• NOLA Brewing Company (3001 Tchoupitoulas St., 504-896-9996; www.nolabrewing.com) released the latest in its Petit Lot sour series last week. Passion Pit is a barrel-aged sour ale with passion fruit and naranjilla.

• A couple of new out-of-state breweries head to New Orleans bars and retail stores this month, including Karbach Brewing of and Natchez Brewing from Mississippi. The addition of these brews to local shelves helps expand the city's beer selection.

  Natchez debuts at a launch party at Courtyard Brewery (1020 Erato St., www.courtyardbrewing.com) Aug. 21. The release includes seven Natchez brews, including Old Capital IPA, Southern Grace Berliner Weisse, and Blackberry Cronyism, a golden sour flavored with blackberries.

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