Taylor Pellerin, head brewer at Brieux Carre.
Louisiana Purchase Brewing Company (128 W. Pine St., Ponchatoula, 225-362-7604; www.facebook.com/lapurchasebrewingco) became fully permitted and licensed on April 7, making it Louisiana's 35th brewery. Its grand opening is April 28-29, for which founders Andy and Lindsey Turcotte have brewed a standard porter, a vanilla porter, a Galaxy-hopped IPA, an English-style bitter beer, a kolsch, a hefeweizen and an amber ale.
• New Faubourg Marigny brewery Brieux Carre Brewing Company (2115 Decatur St., 504-304-4242; www.brieuxcarre.com) celebrates National Mother Goose Day May 1 with three nursery rhyme-inspired beers. Mother Gooseberry Berliner Weisse is a tart soured-wheat ale brewed with fresh gooseberries. Pop Gose the Weasel is a traditional German gose made with local sea salt, and Hickory Chicory Bock is a weizenbock aged with smoked hickory chips and chicory root.
• During the same week the Louisiana Craft Brewers Guild (www.labeer.org) held a beer tasting for state legislators, state Rep. Cedric Glover, D-Shreveport, introduced House Bill 610, which would forbid partnerships between state-funded universities and breweries.
Speaking to The Advocate, Glover said he is concerned about mixed messages given to college students about alcohol — and the issues of drunk driving, sexual assault and obesity.
The bill would impact the LSU-Tin Roof Brewing Company and the University of Louisiana at Lafayette-Bayou Teche Brewing partnerships. In 2015, Bayou Teche began brewing a series of beers based on Louisiana agricultural products. It includes Ragin' Cajuns Ale, a light kolsch-style beer made with Louisiana rice.
In fall 2016, Tin Roof, which was founded by LSU graduates and benefited from the school's small business incubation program, partnered with LSU to sell Bayou Bengal lager. The brewery gives the university 15 percent of all proceeds from Bayou Bengal.