Timeline of My Life to Music 2014

2014 flew by. I only had time to jot down 5 songs. I had more on my shoulders than ever before. I've never scrambled to get so much done. Thought that I was providing a future for my family. Thought that nothing could stop us and that we were building an even bigger family for the community. The brewery opened at the end of the year and my world started to change. I'll try to piece together a list of songs from my short list and the things that I tagged in Shazam. 

San Diego Serenade - Tom Waits

So Swell When You're Well - Fats Domino

Blinded by the Light - Manfred Mann's Earth

Back to Life - Soul II Soul

Go Outside - Cults

Move On Up - Lettuce

Reminded - Native America

If It Hadn't Been for Love - Steeldrivers

I've Seen Footage - Death Grips


Timeline of My Life to Music 2013

As predicted in last years post 2013 was no cake walk. We had a lot of ups and downs securing a location for our brewery. Each month we'd get our hopes up about another location; we'd draw plans, draft agreements and then the deals would fall through. We also watched our son grow from a baby to develop his strong personality and begin to destroy our home the way that toddlers do. Never a dull moment. I look forward to success in 2014 with the opening of our brewery and the introduction of our beer to our community. 

January 2013
Yacht "Psychic City"

February 2013
Miguel "Sure Thing"

March 2013
James Taylor "Your Smiling Face"

April 2013
Iron & Wine "Upward Over the Mountain"

May 2013
Bishop Allen "Heart"

June 2013
REO Speed Wagon "Keep on Loving You"

July 2013
Broadheds "Nothing that I Care About"

August 2013
Devendra Banhart "Baby"

September 2013
Jessie Ware "Wildest Moments"

October 2013
The Two Man Gentleman Band "Fancy Beer"

December 2013
Coconut Records "West Coast"

My Love Story

Someone finally wrote my love story...

Here's how it starts:

"It’s hard to say if 
The Courtyard Brewery
is a love story 
about beer 
or a beer story
 about love. 
Either way, it began 
on Frenchmen Street." 

Read the rest here: NOLA DEFENDER.


I Have Good Taste

I stumbled upon this video by creative folks for creative folks, thanks to the always creative seeking website, BRAIN PICKINGS. In it, Ira Glass warns amatuer designers and creators that the early days of their careers may be struck with thoughts of self doubt and less than stellar production. He encourages them to quickly increase their body of work and believe that through experience, creative success and confidence will come and their natural good taste will shine. 

I liked his emphasis on the creative thinker's sensibility of good taste. He described how in the beginning your good taste will help you recognize that your work is lacking and ultimately help you improve. I reflected on my beginning years as a designer and definitely remember questioning my abilities. 

As an interior designer, fresh out of college, I quickly faced clients and associates whose taste or vision conflicted with mine. It's discouraging and it feels awkward to reassure others that your vision is right since you don't have any real world experience to draw from. This is especially hard when you are trying to tell someone how their space should look, the space that they will work in, not you.

The saying, "fake it until you make it", has some wisdom to it. You have portray confidence in your creative work and your recommendations as a designer. No matter what age you are, people will always question you if you don't stand tall.

Everyone has an opinion, but in the end you are the expert with good taste


Have You Heard the News???

We are opening a brewery! 

Read all about it in these fine articles and connect @courtyardbrew for the latest.

The Courtyard Brewery on nora's NOLA Beer Blog
Favorite Quote: 
"I fell in love with their "Baby IPA," a session IPA."

 Favorite Quote: 
"When San Diego transplant Scott Wood met Louisiana native Lindsay Hellwig in New Orleans, not only did they begin a family, but also a craft beer partnership called The Courtyard Brewery that would merge West Coast craft beer sensibilities with the rich culture of Louisiana and New Orleans."

 Favorite Quote:
"Can you boil water and cool it? Yes. Can you clean up after yourself? Yes. Can you wait a week or a couple weeks? Yes. OK, then brew beer."

 Favorite Quote:
“It’s similar to going to a winery,” Leblanc said. “It’s not about the consumption of beer; it’s about tasting beer.”

Favorite Quote: 
"the Coliseum Square Association is cool with The Courtyard Brewery setting up shop in an Erato Street warehouse"

Favorite Quote:
"The nano brewery model lets Courtyard be nimble. Because they will make small batches, they can change the recipes frequently."

Favorite Quote:
"self distribution laws, which are in place in 16 states, would foster growth of microbreweries and brewpubs by allowing them to sell directly to bars and retailers. 'It gives the smaller guy more exposure,' Coco said. 'No one brewery is going to dominate in the city. We should be a city with several operations and tremendous variety.'"

Trying to Keep Up

One post every six months is about all I can spare. I've become one of those busy people. I'm busy chasing a pay check, a dream and this little human. He's getting so big and gregarious and curious. 

Here is Jules trying to fill in his dad's shirt. 
The one he wore the night we met. 
The shirt that made me make this face...
And caused him to take the photos 
and get my number and you know the rest. :)

47 Bottles of the Best Beer I Tasted in 2011 & 2012

2 years of beers... In March 2011, I started using an app called Untappd to record the beers that I tried and to rate them. Since then I've consumed 452 different beers. 

My palate has changed a lot since I first started. At first I loooooved Belgians and today, I'd still enjoy one, don't get me wrong, but IPAs excite me most. It's amazing how they seem so bitter to a novice and yet so fruity, citrusy, and floral to a hop head. I'm definitely a convert, and I want to convert you too. If you aren't ready for "bitter" beers yet, try some of those listed under 2011 and work your way up. You'll get there.

Our French Quarter Beer Cabinet

These are the 47 that I gave 5 caps to, which is the highest rating (listed in no particular order).


Sierra Nevada Pale Ale

Oskar Blues Brewery Deviant Dale’s

Brouwerji Contreras Valeir Extra

Great Divide Brewing Company Belgian Style Yeti

Allagash Brewing Company Four

Fentiman’s Traditional Ginger Beer

Alpine Beer Company Duet

Alpine Beer Company Pure Hoppiness

Alpine Beer Company Willy

Boulevard Brewing Co. Terra Incognita – Savor 2012 Ale

Boulevard Brewing Co. Peach Porch Lounger

New Belgium Brewing Company Super India Pale Ale

Jacob Leinenkugel Company Summer Shandy

Avery Mephistopheles’ Stout (2011)

Avery Collaboration not Litigation Ale

Lightning Brewery Old Tempestuous Ale

Dogfish Head Craft Brewery Midas Touch

Brouwerji Dilewyns Vicaris Tripel-Gueuze

Moylan’s Brewery Hopsickle

New Belgium Brewing Company Abbey Grand Cru

Saint Somewhere Brewing Company Lectio Divina


Brewery Ommegang Gnomegang

Bieres de Chimay Chimay Blanche  (Cinq Cents)

Hennepin Farmhouse Saison

Allagash Brewing Company Black

Allagash Brewing Company White

Brouwerji St. Bernardus Tripel

Avery Brewing Company White Rascal

Avery Brewing Company Salvation

Victory Brewing Company Storm King

Brouwerji Het Anker Cuvee van de Keizer – Blauw

Bayou Teche Brewing LA 31 Grenade

Brasserie Lefebvre Blanche de Bruxelles (gateway drug)

Laguintas Brewing Company Wilco Tango Foxtrot (WTF)

Laguintas Brewing Company A Little Sumpin’ Sumpin’ Ale

Laguintas Brewing Company A Little Sumpin’ Wild Ale

Laguintas Brewing Company Hop Stoopid

Laguintas Brewing Company Hairy Eyeball Ale

Laguintas Brewing Company Undercover Investigation Shutdown Ale

Brouwerji van Hoegaarden (ABinBEV) Hoegaarden

Brouwerji Lindemans Kriek

Brouwerji Lindemans Framboise

Terrapin Beer Company Rye Squared

Dogfish Head Craft Brewery Chateau Jiahu

Brouwerji Van Steenberge Augustijn Blond

Southern Tier Brewing Company 2xIPA

Brouwerji Karmeliet Tripel Karmeliet

Life and Limb Collaboration Dogfishead/Sierra Nevada

 There is a non-alcoholic one in here. Can you find it?