New breweries are a sign of the times. In 2000, there were about 1,500 microbrewers and brewpubs in the country. By 2010, the number was nearly 2,000. In 2016, we passed 5,000 breweries and the count continues to increase. In Louisiana, our options have tripled in the last five years to about 30. Lucky for us — and for the brewers — we like to drink here, and drinking locally is easier than ever.
Port Orleans Brewing Company (4124 Tchoupitoulas St., 504-266j-2332; www.portorleansbrewingco.com), pictured, has been open a month, but already offers a wide variety of beer styles. In addition to an opening lineup of Riverfront Lager (a golden malty brew), Storyville IPA (a light citrusy-hopped IPA) and Slack Water Brown Ale (a sweet and roasty medium-brown ale), the brewery currently offers a pilsner, a pale ale infused with tea and a zwickelbier (an unfiltered light, German-style beer).
This expansion also brings the opportunity for collaboration. Several of the new kids in town are collaborating on a couple of beers:
• Wayward Owl Brewing Company and Brieux Carre Brewing Company just released their first collaboration, a 7.5 percent ABV double IPA named Je M'appelle Hop. It was rolled out June 10 at the Brieux Carre taproom off Frenchmen Street.
• Urban South Brewery and Parleaux Beer Lab joined forces to brew an IPA fermented with brettanomyces yeast, giving it a funky, grassy flavor not often seen in local brews. This one should be available at Parleaux in Bywater in July.
Another entry in the recent bounty of New Orleans beer, Second Line Brewing, isn't resting on its laurels. The Mid-City crafter hosts a release party at the brewery June 24 for its Imperial Rye IPA called Alryte, Alryte, Alryte.