Port Orleans Brewing Company (4124 Tchoupitoulas St.) has filled all of the brewery’s fermentors, and the taproom’s soft opening begins May 9. The taproom kitchen also opens May 9 and features a beer-focused menu created by chef Phillip Mariano (formerly of Domenica) and Jeremy Wolgamott (formerly of High Hat Cafe). A grand opening event will be later in May.
Head brewer Brian Allen will offer three beers to start: Riverfront Lager, Storyville IPA and Slackwater Brown Ale.
• The Freret Beer Room (5018 Freret St,, 504-298-7468) has added brunch and lunch service. Brunch is served Saturdays and Sundays from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m, and its menu will change seasonally. The first brunch menu includes a chicken biscuit, boudin Benedict, a Dutch baby and grillades and grits. During brunch, select beers are half price, and bloody marys, mimosas and screwdrivers cost $5.
Freret Beer Room's lunch menu is the same as the dinner menu and service is offered beginning at 11:30 a.m. on Mondays and Wednesday through Friday. The restaurant serves French Truck coffee and offers free Wi-Fi.
• Two upcoming beer and homebrew festivals have been announced. The 6th Annual Larry Hartzog’s Twisted Beer Fest is June 24, and has moved indoors at the Castine Center in Mandeville’s Pelican Park. Tickets are $30 and all proceeds support the St. Tammany Humane Society.
The second Nottoway Toast Under the Oaks beer festival and homebrew competition is July 8. The event is on the grounds of Nottoway Plantation and Resort in White Castle, Louisiana. Festival proceeds benefit the Gateway Transition Center, which supports people with autism.