The chalkboard menu at Wayward Owl's taproom offers an array of choices.
Brewery taprooms have 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 beers that have not hit the broader market to gauge interest or experiment with different versions of a beer.
In Mississippi, these advantages 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) will celebrate with a “We Can Sell You Beer Party” at its freshly legal taproom, offering a variety of barrel-aged and specialty brews from noon to 10 p.m. Saturday, July 1.
In New Orleans, local taprooms currently are serving many small-batch beers that can't be found anywhere else. Here are a few examples:
- Urban South Brewery tapped three new beers this past weekend: Mango IPA, Blackberry Tart and Cucumber Lime Gose.
- Wayward Owl offers an interesting lineup as well, with a barrel-aged version of The Grind, its oatmeal coffee brown ale, as well as a session IPA, a double IPA and a Brettanomyces saison named My Funky Family.
- Courtyard Brewery has a trio of intense IPAs on tap, each with a different hop profile. Preach! has Mosaic and Citra hops. Minimum Effort is made with Galaxy and Mosaic hops, and the newest beer, Pantopon Roze, has Citra and Nelson hops.
House of Blues is now selling tickets to the Brewsiana Craft Beer and Music Festival Aug. 19. The event features Louisiana brews, live music and food available as well. Details are here.