The future is here for Port Orleans Brewing Company (4124 Tchoupitoulas St., 504-266-2332; www.portorleansbrewingco.com). Its 30-barrel brewing system is churning out a growing repertoire of beers, though some of the more experimental brews are available only in its taproom. The owners are working on the brewery's outdoor seating area and a canning line for flagship beers.
Here are several beers available now or coming soon at the taproom.
• Hot Fuzz. On tap now, this light-bodied beer combines peach and peppers. The peach flavor is subdued and the spice builds as you drink it. The result is a good blend of sweetness and spice.
• Dorado. Available now, this mild, Mexican-style brew has a hint of lemon in the finish and is a solid summer sipper. With just enough body, this style is meant to quench a thirst on hot and humid days.
• Nitro Stout. Port Orleans just installed a nitro tap, which uses nitrogen instead of carbon dioxide to introduce bubbles into the beer. The result is a creamier mouthfeel with a velvety, long-lasting head. The stout is lightly roasted and medium-bodied. This beer will be available soon.
•Oktoberfest. Coming sometime in September, this amber German ale will have more alcohol than traditional Oktoberfest beers. It will be available in the taproom only.
• Blueberry Thrill. This golden version of Port Orleans' lager is made with blueberries and lime juice and was expected to be on tap by Monday, Sept. 4 for a Labor Day event with live music and a chicken wing cookoff between local chefs Aaron Burgau, Nathanial Zimet, Michael Stoltzfus and others.