Cooter Brown's Tavern (509 S. Carrollton Ave., 504-866-9104; www.cooterbrowns.com) has opened Snooty Cooter, a new craft beer-focused back bar featuring 20 taps of American craft and high-end import brews. Offerings include Monk's Cafe Flemish Sour Red Ale, New Belgium Lips of Faith Gratzer, Yalobusha Testify, Sierra Nevada Flipside, Ayinger Bavarian Oktoberfest and Southern Tier Pumking.
"It's not like we decided, let's just add 20 new drafts," manager Jonathan Junca says. "It was more, let's find out what we can do back here that we're not really seeing around town."
He began transforming the back bar into Snooty Cooter's in July. He and Cooter Brown's founder Larry Berestitzky agree the saloon has been best known as a sports bar in recent years, but when it opened in 1977, it was the only local bar that served imports and had the most taps in town. They decided it was time to go back to the bar's roots as a beer innovator.
The Snooty Cooter opens at 5 p.m. on weekdays and noon on Saturdays and Sundays. The bar is smoke-free, although there is a covered area outside where smoking is permitted. Junca expects to add weeknight happy hour specials, a service industry night and canned craft beer specials. Junca also plans to collaborate with local breweries, and in 2015, add a beer-pairing food menu. Junca says information about Snooty Cooter will be posted on social media, primarily Facebook.