Second Line Brewing started making beer several weeks ago, and now the time has come to enjoy the fruits of that labor.
On Friday and Saturday evenings for the foreseeable future, the brewery will be setting up a dog-friendly beer garden (long-term plans involve having a separate tap room) in its loading bay/parking lot area with tables, chairs, picnic tables/benches, snacks, and oh yeah, beer.
Co-founder Mark Logan says that the brewery's beer garden opens at 4 p.m. because that's when the sun is low enough so that most of the area is in the shade, and runs through to 10 p.m. You'll find Mark serving beer and chatting up customers, accompanied by his brewing team, head brewer Karl Menzer and assistant brewer Shane Glackin.
In addition to the brewery's flagship IPA and Pale Ale, there will be a variety of experimental styles on draft made on the smaller pilot system that drinkers can try, like a Red IPA, Kolsch, or "session summer" ale.
In addition to being right behind Mopho and Bud's Broiler for food options (depending on what kind of culinary mood you're in), this weekend Second Line will have food trucks on site. La Cocinita will be providing munchies on Friday and Frencheeze will set up on Saturday.
The beer is available to go as well - Second Line has lightweight plastic growlers for sale and will put beer in 'em them using a sophisticated growler fill system, which ensures the beer stays fresher and carbonated for longer.
Last weekend's soft opening went well, according to Mark. Many of the brewery's Mid-City/City Park area neighbors stopped by in addition to curious beer drinkers from all over New Orleans. Mark adds that they're working to get more staff in place so that days and hours of operation can be expanded.
Second Line's beer will hit other local bars in the wider market sometime next month.