In beer news this week, The Advocate heads to Da Parish to profile 40 Arpent Brewing and how it's getting on with its neighbors. After apprenticing at Zea's and Crescent City Brewhouse, owner and head brewer Michael Naquin decided to open his brewery in Arabi, where residents and local politicians are looking for economic revival boosted by small businesses like Naquin's brewery. "'Before the storm, St. Bernard was all about independent, family-owned businesses, and we lost a lot of that,' said Terry Saucier, a lifelong Arabi resident who hopes the brewery can jumpstart change."
Booze whisperer Laura McKnight profiles the expansion and new food and beer options at the Aline Street Beer Garden at Prytania Hall. Expanded tap selections including more American craft beer and a rotating roster of popups at a dedicated counter mark the ongoing quest to bring the neighborhood and the beer hall's customers what they want and need. "We really have morphed from a 'biergarten' to a 'beer garden,' but that was customer-driven," [owner Jason] Comboy said. "We really let the patrons lead, and we followed. It's still an incredible beer list, it's still an indoor-outdoor room and it still pays tribute to the great German beer-brewing legacy, but we have a fuller spectrum of beer culture being offered now."
· 40 Arpent Brewing part of parish revival of historic town [The Advocate]
· Aline Street Beer Garden expands selections, starts popup counter [NOLA.com]
· All Beer Here! [-ENOLA-]
[Photo: Aline Street Beer Garden Facebook]