Brewery taprooms offer plenty of benefits for brewers and visitors alike. Some breweries have dozens of taps in their taprooms, offering greater variety than at many pubs. Brewers also can serve limted-edition beers to gauge interest or experiment with different versions of a beer.
In Mississippi, these ad- vantages are just becoming available. When a new law goes into effect July 1, breweries will be able to sell a small percentage of their beer on site, effectively making it easier to operate a taproom. Southern Prohibition Brewing (301 Mobile St., Hattiesburg, Miss.) will celebrate with a "We Can Sell You Beer Party" at its newly legal taproom, offering a variety of barrel-aged and specialty brews from noon to 10 p.m. Saturday.
In New Orleans, local taprooms currently are serving many small- batch beers that can't be found anywhere else:
Urban South Brewery (1645 Tchoupitoulas St., 504-267-4852; www.urbansouthbrewery.com) tapped three new beers recently: Mango IPA, Blackberry Tart and Cucumber Lime Gose.
Wayward Owl Brewing Company (3940 Thalia St., 504-827-1646; www.warwardowlbrewing.com) offers a barrel-aged version of The Grind, its oatmeal coffee brown ale, as well as a session IPA, a double IPA and a saison named My Funky Family made with Brettanomyces yeast.
Courtyard Brewery (1020 Erato St.; www.courtyardbrewing.com) has a trio of intense IPAs on tap, each with a different hop profile. Preach! has Mosaic and Citra hops. Minimal Effort is made with Galaxy and Mosaic hops, and the newest beer, Pantopon Roze, has Citra and Nelson hops.
The Brewsiana Craft Beer and Music Festival is Aug. 19 at House of Blues. The event features more than 30 beers from more than 10 Louisiana brewers, live music and food. Visit www.houseofblues. com/neworleans for tickets and information.