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Courtyard Brewery makes Hazy IPA.
(1020 Erato St.) has been picking up the pace at its location in the Lower Garden District. The nano-brewery serves a steady rotation of house-brewed beers as well as offerings from other breweries. It's introducing several new beers in coming weeks.
First up is How to Live in Style, originally brewed in conjunction with Modern Times Beer
in San Diego, California. This hazy, New England-style IPA is crafted with generous portions of Mosaic, Denali and Amarillo hops. Look for it on tap in the next week or so.
It also will offer a stout brewed with donuts from District Donuts Sliders Brew
. This a roasty, yet slightly sweet and dark beer should be available in August.
In September, the brewers will collaborate with Aslin Beer Company
in Virginia to create another IPA with experimental hops. Courtyard founder Scott Wood says, “We’re already brewing about 60 percent IPAs now. [We're] pushing toward 70 percent by the end of the year, and we can’t keep them on tap.
With the popularity of hoppy beers in mind, Wood decided to enter several of Courtyard's brews in the Great American Beer Festival competition, taking place in Denver in October. The four entries will be:
- Baby IPA, a session IPA
- Sonic Youth in 1983, a full-bodied American pale ale
- All’s Ephemeral, a sour beer made with hibiscus
- Equally Dreadful Cities, a braggot — a brew made with a significant amount of honey, somewhere between beer and mead.
In other brewery news, Zac and Cari Caramonta of Gnarly Barley Brewing Company
in Hammond are paying homage to their alma mater, Southeastern Louisiana University, with a new brew called Lion Up. The American-style wheat ale is designed to be light enough to enjoy in the summer heat, and low in alcohol for fall tailgating. A release party is Saturday, Aug. 5, at the brewery. The beer will be available throughout the Northshore region afterwards. A portion of proceeds from the beer's sales will be dedicated to prevent alcohol abuse on campus.