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Beer buzz: Food and beer pairings at local restaurants and breweries

Kitchens and food trucks pairing up with local beers



It's no surprise that beer and food go together, but the pairing is becoming more sophisticated in New Orleans, as seen in beer-pairing dinners in which brewers coordinate with chefs. Here are some restaurants and breweries that highlight food and drink together.

• Freret Beer Room (5018 Freret St., 504-298-7468; was created as the city's first beer-centric restaurant and tailored its menu to a beer-drinker's palate. It hosts a pairing dinner with Founders Brewing of Michigan at 7 p.m. Tuesday, July 11. Founders will highlight its PC Pils, All Day IPA, Curmudgeon OIJ Ale, Doom (a high-alcohol, barrel-aged imperial stout) and KBS (Kentucky Breakfast Stout).

• The Avenue Pub (1732 St. Charles Ave., 504-586-9243; has a small kitchen that serves a menu created by consulting chef Nathanial Zimet of Boucherie and Bourree. The menu of burgers and brats is complemented by vegetarian options and a selection of loaded fries. The Avenue Pub offers a wide array of American craft and imported brews.

• NOLA Brewing Company (3001 Tchoupitoulas St., 504-896-9996; has permanent resident McClure's BBQ handling the dining needs at its spacious taproom, which offers beers not available elsewhere.

• Courtyard Brewery (1020 Erato St.; features a rotating daily lineup of food trucks until 9 p.m., including appearances Saigon Slim's, Frencheeze Food Truck and Taylor Made Wings on the Geaux.

• Ancora Pizzeria & Salumeria (4508 Freret St., 324-1636; stepped up its suds game recently with a beer-pairing dinner June 26 with Urban South Brewery.

• Port Orleans Brewing Company (4124 Tchoupitoulas St., 504-266-2332; has a full-service restaurant, Stokehold, in its taproom. Brew-friendly items include pretzel rolls made with spent grain from the brewery.

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