Alex Peyroux and Janice Montoya announced plans to open Miel Brewery (www.mielbrewery.com) near the intersection of Tchoupitoulas and Sixth streets in the Irish Channel by the end of 2017.
Peyroux's ancestors came to New Orleans from France in 1740. Montoya's family came to New Orleans from Spain.
"Miel" means honey in French and Spanish. Peyroux's family lives on the Northshore and includes beekeepers. Miel will use honey as a brewing ingredient at the microbrewery.
Although honey will be used in fermentation, Miel won't make mead, which is classified as wine. Peyroux says he will explore the honey-focused "braggot" style of beer and will make a wide and changing variety of small-batch beers to serve in the taproom.
Both Peyroux and Montoya hail from the Northshore. Peyroux studied brewing at the Siebel Institute of Technology and has worked in Alaska and Boston, as well as Abita Springs. The couple recently returned from Boston, where Peyroux worked in the barrel-aging cellar and the quality control lab at Harpoon Brewery and Beer Hall.
At Miel, Peyroux will focus on small-batch, experimental beers. The beer will be available only at the brewery, and Peyroux says customers won't see the same beer twice. He says he'll brew everything from hazy IPAs and barrel-aged sour beers to light, easy-drinking cream ales.
Miel will host food trucks and will serve nitro coffee. Beer will be available to go in 64-ounce growler jugs, 32-ounce crowler cans and six packs.