For beer lovers, the cup runneth over these days in the Warehouse District.
Next week marks the opening of the latest large beer-based concept to come calling in the downtown area, which has seen draft handles proliferate lately and where still more is on the way.
On Monday (Aug. 24), World of Beer is scheduled to open a new tavern at 300 Julia St., adjacent to the Marriott Courtyard hotel, following a private party on Sunday.
World of Beer is a Florida-based chain with more than 70 locations around the country. In December, the company opened its first Louisiana location in Metairie, at 4100 Veterans Blvd.
Like its other locations, the new Warehouse District tavern will have 500 beers available, including close to 50 on tap. Its menu runs through burgers and sandwiches, salads and bar snacks.
Meanwhile, the Tchoupitoulas Beer Garden is taking shape just around the corner at 840 Tchoupitoulas St.
Now slated to open in mid- to late-September, this addition follows an Oktoberfest theme spread across some 4,400 square feet of brick-lined space, trimmed with Bavarian banners and awnings. There will be a pair of beer bars, a kitchen serving bratwurst, pretzels and other traditional German street food and seating at a collection of narrow picnic tables of the sort common to beer gardens.
Local businessman Joseph Logreco, who previously ran the wine bar and restaurant Bouche at this address, is developing Tchoupitoulas Beer Garden.
Beer is big everywhere these days, though the Warehouse District in particular has seeing more new beer-centric venues.
There’s Wood Pizza Bistro and Taproom, for instance, which opened over the winter at 404 Andrew Higgins Blvd. Built in a former ice house, it has a large patio, a small dining room with a wood-burning pizza oven and a long line of draft beer behind the bar. And in 2013, Barcadia opened a few blocks away at 601 Tchoupitoulas St. with a concept combining craft beer, burgers and vintage arcade games.
For Monday’s opening of World of Beer, the Arnaudville-based Bayou Teche Brewing will supply a cask of specially made Biere Noire that incorporates molasses, among other flavorings, as a nod to what World of Beer describes as its new location’s history as a molasses warehouse.
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