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Pearl Wine Company begins filling growlers, Borgne wants to show you their cans, and a new planned brewery on the northshore will put the "farmhouse" in farmhouse ale.

Todd Price reports that starting today, local beer lovers can get growler fills at Pearl Wine Company. Owner Leora Pearl Madden will be selling 64 oz. containers of Parish Brewing's Canebrake wheat beer for $14.99 and Mississippi brewery Crooked Letter's Mystery Romp porter for $17.99. Customers can bring their own (clean!) growlers to fill or can purchase one on site for $6.99.

Laura McKnight takes a look at Borgne's enormous selection of canned craft beer. Chef Brian Landry has increased the restaurant's canned beer selection from about 20 when they opened to the 85 or so currently available. "This would seem seem an odd choice for a swanky restaurant that forms part of an empire run by a James Beard Award-winning celebrity chef. But the restaurant's close proximity to the city's twin sports landmarks - the Mercedes-Benz Superdome and Smoothie King Center, prompted [John] Besh and executive chef Brian Landry to open Borgne with a beer program that caters to pre-game partiers in need of drinks to-go."

Former Gordon Biersch head brewer Tom Conklin announced his plans to open a farmhouse brewery in a literal farmhouse on the grounds of Chappapeela Farms in Husser, LA. It's been his dream project for the better part of a decade, he says, and plans to make his farmhouse beers and saisons part of the local food scene. The brewery will be called Chappapeela Farmhouse Brewery and Conklin hopes to be open by spring 2015.


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