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Defender Picks



May 30th

Down on Their Luck Orchestra

Music at the Mint, 2PM

Jazz at the Old U.S. Mint


Craft Happy Hour

Ogden, 6PM

Learn to make paper magnolias with Suzonne Stirling


Vibrational Sound Therapy

Glitter Box, 6PM

Discover the energetic magic of Himalayan Singing Bowls with Faun Fenderson


Monty Banks

Mahogany Jazz Hall, 6PM

Trad Jazz, rat pack era swing and more



Peristyle in City Park, 6:30PM

High Intensity Interval Training



Champions Square, 7PM

Feat. O.A.R. and Natasha Bedingfield


Gender 101

LGBT Community Center, 7PM

Expand your understanding of gender


Thinkin' with Lincoln

Bayou Beer Garden, 7PM

Trivia on the patio


Spring Wrap-Up Show

Arts Estuary 1024, 8PM

Performances and screenings by the artist residents


High Profile

Hi-Ho Lounge, 10PM

NOLA drag stars host a variety talent show, The Stage


May 31st

Abe Thompson

Market Café, 3:30PM

Feat. The Doctors of Funk


Food Waste Collection

Children’s Resource Center, 5PM

Bring your frozen food scraps to be composted


Weird Wine Wednesdays

Spirit Wine, 6PM

Free wine tasting


Free Spirited Yoga

The Tchoup Yard, 6:30PM

Food, drinks, yoga


CeCe Winans

Orpheum Theater, 7PM

Part of the “Let Them Fall In Love” tour


Dance for Bathrooms

Three Keys, 8PM

Benefitting Music Box Village


Rooftop Cinema

Catahoula Hotel, 8PM

A showing of But I’m A Cheerleader


Major Bacon

Banks St. Bar, 10PM

Sizzlin blues and free BLTs


Caleb Ryan Martin

Check Point Charlie, 11PM

Acoustic blues and roots


June 1st

Jazz in The Park

Armstrong Park, 4PM

Jon Clearly + the Absolute Monster Gentlemen


Book Signing

Garden District Book Shop, 6PM

Signing of My Love Looks Back by Jessica B. Harris


Mardi Gras Concert

Tipitina’s, 6PM

Benefitting Marty Hurley Endowment Center


Summer Of Sustainability

Aquarium Of The Americas, 630PM

Enjoy oysters in a unique setting


Magical Burlesque

The Willow, 7PM

Harry Potter themed burlesque show


Bonnie Bishop

One Eyed Jack’s, 9PM

Sweet country rock



14 Parishes, 9PM

Roasts, toasts and laughs


Una Walkonhorst

The Circle Bar, 930PM

Also feat. Patrick Sylvester


Lost Stars

Balcony Music Club, 11PM

Support by Mighty Brother 



June 2nd

Symphony Book Fair

Lakefront Arena, 9AM

Benefitting the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra


Summer Kick Off Film Party

Second Line Stages, 5PM

Supporting BREASTS the film


Nateus Photography Opening

Cherry Espresso Bar, 6PM

Photos as a medium of self expression, snacks included


Dinner and a ZOOvie

Audubon Zoo, 6PM

Showing of the movie Moana


Self Absorbed


A peek inside fifteen artists


Lagniappe Performance Series

Loyola Univeristy @ Marquette Hall, 7PM

Performance by Mikhala W. Iversen


As One

Marigny Opera House, 8PM

A transgender musical odyssey


Joel Wilson

The Building, 9PM

Also featuring Simon Lott as Context Killer



Blue Nile, 11PM

GoGo Brass Funk band 



June 3rd

Grand Opening Party

Parleaux Beer Lab, 11AM

Pouring on all 12 taps


Water Words

New Orleans Public Library, 11AM

Exploring the special role of water in our city and in life


Basics of Beekeeping

Hollygrove Market, 1PM

Learn how to start your own apiary


First Saturday Gallery Openings

Arts District, 6PM

Check out new and returning exhibitions


Harrison Avenue Stroll

Harrison Avenue, 5PM

Food, drinks, fun


Louisiana Wetlands

Carol Robinson Gallery, 5PM

Original art by Dave Ivey


Moonlit Paddle

Manchec Swamp, 545PM

Enjoy an evening of paddling close to home


Final Gala Concert

Jazz and Heritage Center, 8PM

Closing out the Birdfoot Festival


Canine Karaoke

Homedale Inn Bar, 9PM

Supporting the Love A Pit Foundation



Poor Boys Bar, 12AM

Resident DJs, along with special guest


June 4th

June Puppy Social

Louisiana SPCA, 10AM

Toys, treats, low impact agility


Jazz Brunch

Josephine Estelle, 11AM

Live sounds served sunny side up



The Drifter Hotel, 12PM

Presented by Techno Club


Book Discussion

Garden District Book Shop, 12PM

C.D. Colins discusses her memoir


Summer Reading Kick Off

NOPL Youth Services, 1PM

Feat. Roots music and books by Johnette Downing


Saving Abel

Southport Music Hall, 6PM

With support by Akadia and First Fracture


Open Mic and Slam

Ashé Cac, 7PM

Team SNO + Jahman Hill


Edge Film Festival

Zeitgeist Center, 730PM

Short film screenings + awards


Frontier Ruckus

Gasa Gasa, 9PM

Enjoy some multi genre rock

Beer Pairing

Brews News: Courtyard Couple Talk NOLA Love, and New Lower Garden District Brewery

In the spring, New Orleans will get its second brewery when The Courtyard Brewery opens. The nano-brewery will serve small-batch brews from its Lower Garden District taproom.


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.


Scott Wood lived in San Diego.  He was a distributor for big craft breweries.  He also had never tasted a beer until he was almost 30 years old.  During a visit to New Orleans, he went to d.b.a. with friends to see Little Freddie King play.  He tried his first beer, a Rogue Dead Guy Ale.


“It was wretched,” Wood said.  Half an hour later he met Lindsay Hellwig through the window.  They never spoke but instead communicated non-verbally through the glass.  Wood tried to make it to her through the post-jazz fest crowd, but she shouted, “it’ll be more magical if we don’t actually talk.”  Then she left.  The Dead Guy Ale and goodbye could have been an inauspicious precursor for both romance and beer consumption, but instead they began to email each other soon after.  Two years later they brewed two Belgian-style ales for guests at their wedding.  Little Freddie King was there, too, playing music at the reception.  They spent the night at a bed and breakfast on Frenchmen Street.


For the last few years, beer has been a thread that has woven the couple closer together, as it will continue to do when they open The Courtyard Brewery in the Lower Garden District this spring. 


After meeting in New Orleans in 2010, Wood went back home to San Diego, but maintained a long-distance friendship with Hellwig for several months.  


“We’d send photos of each other trying new beers,” Hellwig said. 


They decided to spend more time together and made road trips to different breweries and bars in Texas and California.


“It caused beer envy,” Hellwig said. “We’d see people drinking stuff that we can’t get here [in Louisiana].  We thought we should be able to have those beers here but also keep it local.”


Wood moved to New Orleans on Jan. 1, 2011 and was considering going to law school at Tulane University.


“All my friends talked me out of it,” Wood said. “Lindsay asked me to figure out what they have in San Diego that we don’t have here in New Orleans.” 


“When he suggested brewing, it seemed natural,” Hellwig said.  They began brewing out of the courtyard of their French Quarter apartment, later inspiring the name for the nano-brewery.  “We had only 400 square feet,” Hellwig said.  “I had to stop cooking because we had so much brewing equipment in the kitchen.”


Soon they moved to a Lakeview home that they renovated.  Again, they began to brew beer, but this time with more space.


Wood made friends with key beer people in New Orleans like Polly Watts of Avenue Pub, Dan Stein of Stein’s Deli, and Kirk Coco of NOLA Brewery. 


“We were getting a lot of compliments on our home brew,” Hellwig said.   The idea of opening a nano-brewery appealed to them both.


“I talked to Coco, and he said just do it, we need more of you,” Wood said.


Wood and Hellwig found the perfect space in a warehouse on Erato Street that they share with French Truck Coffee.   Wood’s flirtation with law school helped, too.  Most breweries in Louisiana open taprooms; it is the only way they can legally sell their product directly to consumers without middle-men distributors, but they can only sell up to 10% of their product on-site.  Wood discovered he could sell his beer on premise if he was not distributing wholesale, which was beyond their starting capital anyway.  The neighborhood’s Coliseum Square Association approved the nano-brewery’s plans, and Wood applied for a conditional use permit from city council. 


He said the city will likely designate the small brewery as a “bar with light manufacturing.”  The bar status will also enable Wood and Hellwig to sell beers other than their own in the taproom. 


“We plan to have six to eight rotating drafts of our own with three to four guest drafts,” Wood said.


The focus of the nano-brewery will remain on The Courtyard Brewery brand, though.  Wood and Hellwig will brew new beers weekly with a three barrel, 140 gallon brewing system. Wood plans to brew between 93 and 150 barrels the first year and rotate new drafts based on demand.  The idea of their nano-brewery and taproom is intimate and direct; small-batch beers will be sold and consumed on site with the people that make them.  Customers’ responses will be a large factor in what they brew next.


“An advantage to being a nano-brewery is we can brew a lot of different styles of beer,” Wood said.  “We can also get direct feedback much quicker about our beer.”


 “It’s fun to visit nano-breweries and know you can come next week and have a totally different experience,” Hellwig said. 


Wood and Hellwig collaborate on many aspects of the brewery but often divide work based on their skill sets.  “We work well together because I have skills that he doesn’t,” Hellwig said.  “He has a sales background.  He’s very intelligent mathematically, scientifically. I became more of the taster.  Women have better pallets than men.”  Hellwig also is responsible for drawing plans and designs.


While there are many female home-brewers in Louisiana, there are very few female brewers working commercially.


 “I think for one thing we’re just behind the times on the trend in Louisiana.  I think once women get a taste for more good beer, move beyond the gateway [Belgian ales] like I did, there’ll start to more of us out there.”  Hellwig seemed to be speaking not only for female brewers and beer consumers, but for the growing craft beer market in Louisiana as a whole.


Another distinction of the brewery is that Wood wants his service staff to be part of the brewing process, so they are more intimate with the beers they serve in the taproom.  More and more the brewery sounds like an extended beer family, where business, passion, and growth are not separate qualities, but all part of the same fabric that sewed Hellwig and Wood together and that they’ll extend to include others.    


Hellwig and Wood plan to keep the operation small and grow their brand.  And they’ll do this while raising a newborn baby boy, Jules.


“He was a wedding baby,” Hellwig said.   Nine months after their wedding, Hellwig’s water broke while the couple was at Three Muses, across the street from the bed and breakfast they stayed for their wedding night, and a few doors down from where they first met. 


“I would love to teach him about the business as he grows up,” Wood said.  As Louisiana craft beer culture grows, so will The Courtyard Brewery and its founding family.   Wood and Hellwig opened the nano-brewery to do what they love with the people they love.  When their brewery opens in the spring, their family is going to get a whole lot bigger.   

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