Monthly Archives: December 2011

Christmas gifts and New Years plans!

Did you get any good beer-related gifts for the holidays?  I got the Mikkeller single hop series and I got Mr. Beer Bitch two beer books recommended by the BeerBuddha, “The Great American Ale Trail: The Craft Beer Lover’s Guide to the Best Watering Holes in the Nation” by Christian DeBenedetti and “Brewed Awakening: Behind the Beers and Brewers Leading the World’s Craft Brewing Revolution” by Joshua M. Bernstein.

I think we’ll be drinking those over New Year’s weekend.

Speaking of New Year’s, there are a couple beer-related events that I know of, and would love to know about any others y’all know about.

One is the Avenue Pub’s New Years Eve event. They will be tapping two special kegs early in the evening on the balcony: Cantillon Fou Foune, their rare Apricot lambic, and Amager Herr Fredrickson, a Danish Imperial Stout. They will also be opening bottles of Cantillon Mamouche. There will be a special toast at midnight with Brooklyn Local One.

The kitchen will be whipping up some special dishes for the night as well:  Mussels steamed open in champagne with butter, thyme and garlic, served with parmesan butter toast points; grilled scallops over creamy polenta with a classic beurre Blanc drizzled on top; and pork belly braised in Imperial Stout and then seared over open flame, served with orange cream mashed potatoes and an Imperal Stout gravy.

The second event is a beer dinner at Crescent Pie and Sausage.  CP&S is committed to local and craft beer and have held several beer dinners over the last year or so.  Looks like they aren’t being sponsored so they aren’t mentioning the beers by name, but I think that most can be deduced by their descriptions below. $85 inclusive – Call for reservations (504) 482-2426.  To start, a Happy Hour of Bourbon specialty cocktails, followed by:

First Course
Poached La. Seafood Sausage with spicy Chow-Chow and Garlic Aioli
Beer: Filtered Wheat beer soaked in fresh lemon-basil

Second Course
Salad of Pasilla-glazed Bay Scallops w Louisiana Citrus & Local Mizuna
Beer: Fresh Mango IPA

Third Course
Sherried Oyster Wild Mushroom Stew with Bacon Lardons
Beer: local pecan wood Smoked Ale

Fourth Course
Smoked Duck Breast atopSsavory Carrot “Cake” with
Black Pepper Caramel and Orange Zest
Beer: Oak & Bourbon Stout

Dessert
Bourbon Milk Punch with “Kentucky bourbon distillery” best crop.

What else is going on? Leave a comment!

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Homebrew Call for Help!

This came to the Crescent City Homebrew email list yesterday:

As of this time, we do not have a brewmeister for the upcoming brewoff set for Saturday, January 7, 2012, at the HackenDome.  Therefore, …

We NEED A BREWMEISTER for the HackenDome BrewOff.  The brewmeister can choose what they wish to brew.

Please, someone, throw yourself into the breach.  We need you.  HELP !

If no brewmeister, then the BO will be cancelled or delayed as required.

Please, contact your faithful servant, me, at the phone numbers below, ASAP.  Thanks.

Merry Christmas.

Cheers, Richard Cuccia, Metairie, LA 70006, richardcuccia@cox.netrichardcuccia@hotmail.com504-454-3847 – h, 504-454-3847 – fax, 504-512-2814 – mp

Please, only leave messages on my home (h) phone, or call me until you contact me.  I don’t check messages on my mobile phone (mp).  Thanks.

Fine dining beer

We had a lovely Reveillon dinner at Restaurant August on Thursday night.  While it is a primarily a wine restaurant, it has a revamped craft cocktail list and a rather lengthy list of local beers! Nothing on draft, but they have all the Abita line, Bayou Teche Biere Pale, a couple from Heiner Brau  and Covington, and the Southern Pecan Stout from Magnolia. All bottles, but at least it is better than the anemic beer list (American and European lagers and the token Abita Amber) that most fine dining places in New Orleans offer.

I’m hoping that as NOLA Brewing puts more beer out in cans, that the Besh Restaurant Group adds them to their beer lists throughout the city. Would be great to have Orleans Parish’s only production brewery represented at August, Luke, Domenica, American Sector, and Besh Steak House!

Holiday Weekend and Beer Drinking

On Festivus Friday, Mr. Beer Bitch and I had a nice beer-centric day. We went to lunch at the Rendon Inn and enjoyed delicious NOLA Brewing Hopitoulous Ales with our J’Anita’s sandwiches – I had the Swamp Ruben and Tom had the Best Fish Sammich. Yum.

Back to the Irish Channel to walk over to their weekly Friday NOLA Brewing tour. They had the Brewer’s Crack on cask (Irish Channel Stout mixed with Hopitoulas) which is all I drank, and drank a lot of it.  We saw most of the NOLA gang- Head of Brewing Operations Melanie Knepp led the tour (hooray for the addition of the wireless mike!) and VP Dylan Lintern, as well as staffers Billy and Indy.  Brewmaster Peter Caddo was hustling around behind the scenes, brewing a super secret test batch of something to be revealed in the future. Intriguing!

After drinking several beers, we walked home and prepped our dinner before heading to the Avenue Pub for a couple beers. It was nice to see Eileen and Beth before the holiday weekend.  I tried the Old New Orleans Rum barrel aged Abita Honey Rye, which was an interesting blend of the sweetness of the honey, the spiciness of the rye, and the rum flavors of the barrel aging. I’m not sure it totally worked (for my palate at any rate.)  I think it actually could have done with some more aging to smooth out the harsh edges of the alcohol from the rum barrels. But it was still an interesting brew. I also had a 4 oz of Ommegang’s 2010 vintage of Three Philosophers, which was not quite as full tasting or complex as I’d hoped. Still drank it though. Ended with a 4 oz Brooklyn Companion, which I’d had before and enjoyed again last night.

The Beer Bitch household plans on celebrating Christmas by drinking some beer we’ve been hanging on to for a while. We have some Jolly Pumpkin Oi Baudelaire, Stone Vertical 10-10-10 and 11-11-11, and our last Trader Joe/Unibroue bottle, 2008 vintage. Also a bottle of the Stateside Saison. We’ve also enjoyed a recently reinvented Shmaltz Brewing Genesis Hoppy Session Ale that’s been popping up in Rouses and Breaux Mart- been one of our preferred “everyday” beers as of late.

I hope everyone out there in New Orleans Beer Guide world has a Hoppy Holiday!

What are your favorite beers of 2011?

Polly Watts, owner of the Avenue Pub, posted a list of her favorite beers of 2011 that could be acquired in Louisiana, as most “Best of” lists mostly beers we don’t get here.  You can read her list here.

Inspired by Polly, I made my own list!  I put it on my blog, so you can read that here!

What is on your Top 10 Beers of 2011 list?  Hopefully we can get the Beer Buddha to weigh in as well… everyone else, hit the comment section with your thoughts!

Happy Holidays from the NOLA Beer Bitch!

Updated 12/20/11: Got the Buddha’s list on tap!

Tis the Season to be Drinking

Things have been hectic as of late with the oncoming holiday season, so we’ve been away from the blog for a few days.  Sorry about that!  Here’s a catch all post with some info and links about beer-related holiday stuff.

  • Have you investigated NOLA Beer Blog Contributor, The Beer Buddha’s post on Christmas gifts for the beer lover in your life?  (Or, um, yourself?)  Check it out as we come down the wire… 
  • I sadly missed out on the Avenue Pub’s Christmas beer tasting last night, and even more sadly, wasn’t able to get online to remind you all about it.  I hope that some of the beers are still on tap when I stop by to get my beer on tomorrow night!
  • Speaking of tomorrow night, the Avenue Pub’s Firkin Friday will feature a cask of St. Arnold’s Christmas Ale.  This beer on draft has been super popular so it will likely go fast tomorrow night.
  • New Years Eve at the Avenue Pub will cater to those who want to drink well but not indulge in the craziness of the quarter. It will start early, however, in case you wish to do both or are bar-hopping or whatever. There will be special menu items to be announced and on Draft will be: Cantillon Fou foune and Amager Hr Fredrickson Imperial Stout. Bottle Openings will include: Cantillon Mamouche. There will be a toast at midnight with Brooklyn Local One.

That’s all I can think of off the top of my head… what am I missing?  Anyway, drink well and be safe!

-NOLA Beer Bitch

Katie’s on Iberville (Mid-City)

Sitting at the bar eating lunch today, I realized that Katie’s can be classified as a good beer restaurant.  Out of 6 taps, there was only one macro-brew (Blue Moon.) There were three Abitas- Amber, SOS, and Restoration. They also had Brooklyn Lager and Magic Hat #9.

Good work, Katie’s bar manager/team!

Also, their food is terrific. I love their crabcakes and the cochon de lait poboy I had today was to die for.  Mr. Beer Bitch had their kalamata muffuletta today which was also quite tasty.  We’ve enjoyed their fried catfish, etoufee, and other specials.  Good place to get a bite to eat (they also have pizza and pasta in addition to more New Orleans-y food) and a beer – also with super friendly staff.

I was really pleased to see the draft list fall within the parameters that the Beer Buddha and I had decided on for good beer restaurants. Thinking back, I remember also seeing Abita Jockamo and LA 31 rotating on tap there as well. Looks like they have a commitment to serving Louisiana and craft beer.

–NOLA Beer Bitch