Posted by jtebeau on June 8, 2011
New Orleans’ French Quarter does indeed imply beer, beer, and might I add, more beer. And years back, it was well-stocked with fresh suds from the Jackson Brewery, kitty-corner from Jackson Square on Decatur Street. According to Wikipedia:
“Constructed in 1891, it originally was the central brewery for Jax Beer, and in the 1960s was the 10th-largest brewery in the country. But in the 1970s, the company owning the brewery went bankrupt, and in the 1980s the building was purchased and turned into space for shops and restaurants.”
Aw, nuts. Another casualty of modernity. Whattaya gonna do? I drew the lovable old hulk.
"The Mighty Jackson Brewery" by John Tebeau ©2011
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Posted by jtebeau on June 6, 2011
"Lafitte's Blacksmith Shop" by John Tebeau © 2011
Yeah, Jean LaFitte. What a guy. Murder, robbery, pillage and murder. He liked murder. It’s alleged that he and his bother used a “blacksmith shop” as a front. A Legitimate Business, if you will. A place to hold sit-downs, make deals and, probably, party.
The joint (now a pub) sits at the quiet end of Bourbon Street, and is a fan favorite to this day. I rendered this little picture in ink from a photo I took recently. Enjoy, and when you’re down in New Orleans, stop by Lafitte’s. Grab a cold drink and cop one of the chairs outside on the sidewalk, facing Bourbon. I recommend sunset time. Watch the sky fade from blue to pink to black as the clouds cruise overhead like plastic shopping bags blowing over the rooftops. Then make the short hike over to Frenchmen Street and catch some local jazz. The odds are strong that you’ll have an excellent evening.
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