Brewsday Tuesday: Port Orleans Brewing Company


Shiny new lagering tanks at Port Orleans Brewing - MARK BURLET
  • Mark Burlet
  • Shiny new lagering tanks at Port Orleans Brewing

The future is here for Port Orleans Brewing Company (4124 Tchoupitoulas St., 504-266-2323). Its 30-barrel brewing system is churning out a growing repertoire of beers, though some of the more experimental brews only are available in its taproom. The owners are working on the brewery's outdoor seating area and a canning line for flagship beers.

Here are several beers available now or coming soon at the taproom.
  • Hot Fuzz
    On tap now, this light-bodied beer combines peach and peppers. The peach flavor is subdued and the spice builds as you drink it. The result is a good blend of sweetness and spice.

  • Dorado
    Available now, this mild, Mexican-style brew has a hint of lemon in the finish and is a solid summer sipper. With just enough body, this style is meant to quench a thirst on hot and humid days.

  • Nitro Stout
    Port Orleans just installed a nitro tap, which uses nitrogen instead of carbon dioxide to introduce bubbles into the beer. The result is a creamier mouthfeel with a velvety, long-lasting head. The stout is lightly roasted and medium-bodied. This beer will be available soon.

  • Oktoberfest
    Coming sometime in September, this amber German ale will have more alcohol than traditional Oktoberfest beers. It will be available in the taproom only.

  • Blueberry Thrill
    This golden version of Port Orleans' lager is made with blueberries and lime juice. It is expected to be on tap by Monday, Sept. 4.
On Labor Day, Sept. 4, the brewery is throwing a party in its new beer garden. The Blues, Beer & Wing Thing will run from 1 p.m. to 9 p.m. and there's live music from Marc Stone, John Fohl and the Sean Riley Blues Band. There is a wing cook-off including chefs such Nathanial Zimet of Boucherie, Aaron Burgau of Patois and Central City BBQ and Michael Stoltzfus of Coquette. Admission is free.

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