After the positive response to Commander's Palace's "BBQ and beer" pairing menu last summer, head bartender Ferrel Dugas says she was able to add craft beers, including local brews, to Commander's menu.
"We got a lot of good feedback in July," Dugas says, noting that higher quality beers are increasingly popular in New Orleans restaurants.
The craft beers now on the menu at Commander's Palace (1403 Washington Ave., 504-899-8221; www.commanderspalace.com) are mostly local or regional, along with Old Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout from North Coast Brewing in California. The other four selections are Canebrake from Parish Brewing Company in Broussard, Jefferson Stout from Lazy Magnolia Brewing Company in Kiln, Mississippi, Abita Amber and NOLA Brewing's Brown Ale.
The Mid-City restaurant 1000 Figs (3141 Ponce De Leon St., 504-301-0848; www. 1000figs.com) is known for falafel, hummus and Mediterranean food; the brick-and-mortar was spun off from the the Fat Falafel food truck. Since acquiring a license to serve beer and wine in August, the cafe has offered a good beer selection
Owners Theresa Galli and Gavin Cady assembled a list including Stillwater Artisanal's Yacht dry-hopped lager, Evil Twin Brewing's Citra Sunshine Slacker session IPA, Southern Prohibition Brewing's Suzy B blonde ale and Brewery Ommegang's Hop House Belgian-style pale ale.
Galli notes that the beers were chosen to pair with the Middle Eastern-inspired menu and its lighter lemon citrus flavor profiles.
"We enjoy beer more than wine," Galli says. "The beer menu is a reflection of our personal taste."
The restaurant's happy hour is 3 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.