Booze whisperer Laura McKnight reported last week that the Lower Garden District beer tap room and nanobrewery, Courtyard Brewing, has received their federal TTB (Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau) permit.
Waiting on TTB approval has caused much frustration for other local breweries such as the Old Rail Brewing Company brewpub in Mandeville and 40 Arpent in Arabi. So getting the approval early on is a relief for co-founders Scott Wood and Lindsay Hellwig.
"That's usually one of the biggest hurdles," Hellwig said. She also said that they hope to be ready to open by August, contingent upon final City Planning Commission approval and passing several inspections.
Hellwig and Wood also plan to document every step of the process online to help small brewers coming up after them to have a slightly easier path and to learn from their trial and error.
"A lot of people said we wouldn't be able to do this," Hellwig said. "We said, 'We're going to try and when we do, we'll tell everybody how we did it.'"
· Courtyard Brewery gains federal approval, eyes August opening date[NOLA.com]
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