Okay, so most of the holiday beers have been out since like September but I generally like to wait until after Thanksgiving to write about any of them. They are kind of like the Christmas decorations. Please wait until after the turkey has been consumed before putting them up. Unless of course you are that family that leaves the lights up year round then it’s cool. Only in New Orleans could you really get away with that without being called the “redneck family”.
This year it looks like New Orleans is getting a really nice selection of holiday beers. I’ve been scouting places to see what is on the shelves out there and without a doubt Stein’s is the place to go and I have a feeling he is just getting started. Here is his list:
- Mikkeller 2011 Santa’s Little Helper
- Mikkeller 2010 Barrel-aged Santa’s Little Helper
- Mikkeller Red/White Christmas
- Corsendonk Christmas Ale (and glass set)
- Gouden Carolus Noël
- Fantôme de Noël
- De Ranke Père Noël
- La Choulette De Noël
- Struise Tsjeeses
- Struise Tsjeeses Reserva
- Mahr’s Christmas Bock
- Haandbryggeriet Nissefar
- Anchor Our Special Ale 2011 (and 2010)
- Saint Arnold Christmas Ale
- Nogne Ø Peculiar Yule
- Ridgeway Santa’s Butt
- Thiriez Biere de Noël
- Full Sail Wassail
- Oppigårds Winter Ale
- Brooklyn Winter Ale
- Harpoon Winter Warmer
- Sierra Nevada Celebration
- Samuel Smith’s Winter Welcome
- To Øl Snowball Saison
- Mikkeller Ris A La M’ale
- Nogne Ø Winter Ale
- Nogne Ø Winter Ale (Islay edition)
The list is not only amazing but long. Stein’s selection clearly covers every day leading up to Christmas and then some. I’m so tempted to drink a different holiday beer every day leading up to Christmas. We’ll call it research. Can I write that off on my taxes?
In addition to Stein’s Deli for holiday beers I would also recommend your local Rouses, Cork & Bottle in Mid City, Martin Wine Cellar and Breaux Mart on Magazine St.
If you are looking for a pint of your favorite holiday beer The Avenue Pub has a nice list of brews as well:
Christmas Beers on draft:
- Sierra Nevada Celebration IPA
- Anchor Christmas 2011
- Anchor Christmas 2009
- Anchor Christmas 2008
- Saint Arnolds Sailing Santa
- Struisse Pannepot Grand Reserva 2008
- Struisse Tjeesus
- Noel Des Geants
- Hanndbrygeriet Nissefar
Christmas beers bottles:
Avenue Pub will also be hosting some holiday beer tastings:
Wednesday December 7th: Anchor Christmas vertical tasting
Wednesday December 14th : St Arnolds, Struisse, Hanndbrygerit Holiday beers
I’m not sure if any of the local breweries are doing any holiday beers or not. I do know that Abita
has released their Christmas Ale which they do every year and that may be the only option right now. You should be able to find that one everywhere(except I guess Steins and Avenue Pub). If any of the breweries contact us and tell us otherwise we will update.
The Beer Menus website has just come online in Louisiana. Looks like an easy way for bar owners to update their tap lists for the public to get the most current information – a win-win!
Here’s the Avenue Pub’s list. Looks like the only place in the state so far… any other barkeeps out there planning on using it? Customers/consumers- what do you think of this tool? Will it impact your beer drinking planning habits?
NOLA Beer Guide wants to know!
You may have attended one of the Avenue Pub beer tastings on the Balcony in the past or you may just have heard the legends. The Avenue has just started a new format for the tasting process to make it more open and accessible. For a small fee (dependent upon the beers being tasted, contact the Avenue Pub to get specific information), they will print up the tasting notes and back ground information and pour the beers from 7pm until 10pm while supplies last.
You can still chat about the beer at 7:30 if you wish but you don’t have to be on time to enjoy the beers.
For Wednesday, November 30:
Allagash/ De la Senne collaboration Very Special Belge
Jolly Pumpkin la Parcela (pumpkin ale)
Jolly Pumpkin’s first pumpkin beer! Limited release
De Molen Cease & Desist Imperial Stout
A rich, terrific Imperial stout out of the Netherlands. The original name of the beer was Rasputin, but De Molen was sued by Northcoast and so the beer was renamed Cease & Desist. Sometimes seen as Disputin. Flavor was dark roast, ash, chocolate, coffee, and spicy notes. Body was full with medium carbonation.
Alvinne Melchoir Oak aged and brewed with mustard seeds
11 % Belgian Pale ale very small batch
Part of Alvinne’s Oak Collection and aged 6 months in Calvados barrels that contained Calvados for 10 years and Cognac for 8 years.
For Wednesday, December 7th:
Anchor Christmas Vertical Tasting
2011, 2009, 2008
Polly has been cellaring these kegs for a few years for the annual tasting. These aged kegs are a treat each year and they don’t last long!
Brewstock, at 3800 Dryades St. will be tweeting one-off, limited-time deals on Twitter – so make sure you’re following them – @Brewstock! So far, it looks like they’ve listed something I know EVERY homebrewer needs, regardless of what he or she is brewing.
Check it out and happy tweeting!
The only production brewery in Orleans Parish, NOLA Brewing, will be releasing their popular and delicious Irish Channel Stout NEXT WEEK.
Here’s the scoop: It will be at the Irish House on Wednesday, December 7, from 6-9pm. The Irish House is located at 1432 St. Charles Avenue.
I am hoping that the Irish House will start carrying more craft beers on draft now that they are partnering with NOLA Brewing! Currently, they have a permanent NOLA Brewing beer and a rotating craft tap. The rest are American and Irish macrobrews, although they do have a pretty decent bottle list. Also, excellent food, which goes a long way.
It’s a beautiful space- Matt Murphy did a great job remodeling it – so I’m very much looking forward to the release!
(edited to correct the date typo)
When I go to Rock & Bowl for an event or to hear some music, I am usually pretty disappointed with their beer selection. That’s why I’m pretty psyched to see that Bayou Teche Brewing is co-sponsoring a fundraiser there to benefit Louisiana Folk Roots THIS Thursday, December 1!
Four hours of music and beer? For $12? I’m down with that. Come out and support Louisiana Folk Roots, and, of course, Bayou Teche in their efforts to bring great beer to the Rock & Bowl!
Hey, has anyone seen BT’s coffee porter, Biere Joie? According to this article, it was supposed to roll out in November. I know there are still 3 more days of November, but that’s pushing it pretty far! I’m also looking forward to their Courir de Mardi Gras, allegedly coming out in January.
Maybe I’ll see if I can get some answers out of the brewers on Thursday…
Parish Brewhouse, getting closer every day!
Parish Brewery’s brewhouse equipment is close to being fully assembled, you can see pictures starting here.
“Brewhouse being assembled at the factory. Next stop: Parish Brewing Co in Broussard!”
This is exciting news for New Orleans, because a larger capacity means that we may soon be able to enjoy Andrew’s beers here.
Update: Andrew Godley commented elsewhere and clarified the status: “FYI – These are the tanks at the manufacturer’s factory prior to final inspection and shipment. They will arrive at our brewery next month. Each of those brewhouse vessels will produce about 1000 gallons of wort per brew (in about 5 hours). At our current brewery it takes us over 3 months to make that much!”