NEW ORLEANS (WGNO) - Turns out, the White House is part of a booming beer trend. President Barack Obama revealed last weekend that he brews beer at the White House, and the First Lady gets involved. Couples in New Orleans are also jumping on the beer bandwagon, thanks to clubs such as the Crescent City Homebrewers. The coed organization, which has been around for more than 30 years, meets the first Wednesday of every month at the Deutsches Haus in Metairie.
Meanwhile, Uptown, Kyle DuPont is brewing up success at his homebrew supply shop, Brewstock, opened in 2009. He sells everything needed to brew beer or wine at home. He says New Orleans is keeping up with the national trend. "It's wildly popular. The entire craft beer movement is really taking off in the Southeast and we're a part of that. More and more people are getting interested in it."
He's talking about people like Tim Fradella, who just celebrated a birthday and received a handful of Brewstock gift certificates. He enjoys crafting beers that taste like two of his favorites, Blue Moon, and Fat Tire. He says homebrew tastes fresher, and many of his friends prefer his Blue Moon clone over the real thing.
What's more, Fradella says crafting beer is cost effective. "When you make a five-gallon batch of beer, ingredients-wise, it's cheaper than buying two cases of specialty beer nowadays."
DuPont says hearing that President Obama is a home brewer sparked even more interest, keeping him busy creating White House ingredients packets. "They published the recipe, so people come in and say, I heard the President made homebrew at the White House, so I tell them, 'Yes, and I have the recipe.'"
With more than one hundred members already, the Crescent City Homebrewers club is proof that homebrewing in New Orleans won't go flat anytime soon.