Beer and loathing predictions

My last column predicting the year ahead in drinking was published in January 2020.Let’s just say I missed a few things. Three years later, I’m giving this exercise another go, with a very big caveat that I am not Nancy Devine; I cannot actually see the future. That being said, here are the local and national trends I believe will shape our consumption in 2023.

Locally, Bienville Bites Food Tours ( will soon launch a trolley brewery tour. Its “Brews and Beads Cruise” will take drinkers to all four Mobile breweries — Braided River, Old Majestic, Oyster City and Iron Hand — plus local Mardi Gras landmarks aboard a cute little trolley.

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Alyson Sheppard is Lagniappe’s copy editor and beverage columnist. She was a Lagniappe intern in 2007. Alyson’s work has appeared in publications including Playboy, Esquire and GQ, and she has been recognized by the Tales of the Cocktail Sp

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