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?

Timeline of My Life to Music 2012

Another year, another set of lyrics that find their way into my life playing like a soundtrack. It's been action packed for sure, going through pregnancy, birth, and finishing the remodel on my Katrina home renovation. Blood, sweat and tears this year. My goals are set high for 2013 so it shouldn't be a cake walk either.

January 2012
Besides Daniel "Learn How to Fight"


February 2012
Priscilla Ahn "The Boobs Song"

March 2012
Bright Eyes "No Lies Just Love"

April 2012
Frank Sinatra "That's Life"

May 2012
Jill Barber "Never Quit Loving You"

June 2012
OK GO "Needing/Getting"

July 2012
Beatles "Obladi Oblada"

August 2012
Phil Collins "You'll Be Here in My Heart"

September 2012
 Neutral Milk Hotel "Love You More Than Life"

October 2012
Feist "Bittersweet Melodies"

November 2012
Walyon Jennings "Good Hearted Woman"

December 2012
The Flying Lizards "Money"