Photo by Mark Burlet
Beer list and brewing equipment in the background at Port Orleans Brewing Co.
New breweries appear to be 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. Suddenly, in 2016, we passed 5,000 breweries and the count continues to increase. In Louisiana alone, our options have tripled in just 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
has been open only for a month, but already it offers a wide variety of beer styles from a location at 4124 Tchoupitoulas St. In addition to an opening lineup of Riverfront Lager (a golden malty brew), Storyville IPA (a light citrusy-hopped IPA) and Slackwater Brown (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. When local brewers work together to create something different, you never know what will happen. Several of the newer kids in town currently are collaborating on a couple of beers:
- Wayward Owl and Brieux Carre just released their first collaboration, a 7.5 percent abv double IPA named Je M'appelle Hop. This brew 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 either. This Mid-City crafter will host a release party at the brewery June 24 for its Imperial Rye IPA called Alryte, Alryte, Alryte.