Monthly Archives: March 2012

NOLA Brewing Easter Keg Hunt

Besides Session Beer Day, April 7 is also the day of the Annual NOLA Brewing Easter Keg Hunt! It’s a scavenger hunt, this year through the CBD, and teams that find their way through the clues will be rewarded with an afternoon of drinking delicious NOLA beer at a secret location.

Plus, all registration fees go to benefit the Gulf Restoration Network to support its ongoing fight for the Gulf’s people, places, and wildlife as we continue to recover from the devastating impacts of the BP oil disaster.

Register today!

New Orleans International Beer Fest! (and other goings-on)

So this weekend is the inaugural New Orleans International Beer Fest, being held at Champions Square from 2-6pm on Saturday.  The most intriguing aspect of it for me is the Cask Beer Garden!  I don’t know how many cask ales they will have going, but I hope it is a crazy success and leads to beer leadership in the area to think about how to do a Cask/Real Ale Festival a la NERAX.

You may also be interested in hearing the Beer Buddha’s general philosophy on beer festival structures here.

Tonight, the Avenue Pub will be tapping a cask of Lazy Magnolia’s Southern Hops-itality, their first IPA. I am looking forward to trying it.

Also, mark your calendars, April 7 has been dubbed Session Beer Day, to celebrate the fine ales and lagers brewed with an ABV of under 4.5%. Follow the Beer Bitch for discussions over the next two weeks about this radical concept and where one can find session beers in New Orleans.

If you love pork as much as beer, tomorrow also brings us the NOLA-Brewing sponsored Hogs For The Cause in City Park. It’s a pork-centric festival with food, beer, music, and good times, all for a good cause- to support pediatric brain cancer outreach services. Local restaurateurs and enthusiastic amateurs will be competing in several porky categories for glory.

Whatever your plans, have a wonderful weekend! Drink wisely and well.

Beer stuff! Happening.

Win tickets to go to the New Orleans International Beer Festival on Saturday, March 24.

Stein’s is holding a beer class on Wednesday, March 14, 8:30-10pm. $18 bucks gets you beer, cheese, and delicious, delicious meats. Hurry though, only 18 seats are available!  More info here.

Although not in New Orleans/Louisiana, congrats to the Lucky Town Scofflaws who met their Kickstart goal handily last week!  New brewery in Mississippi, y’all. Also, Raise Your Pints have seen their hard work pay off by seeing their sponsored bill easing the restrictions on ABV limits and homebrewing work its way through the State House and Senate.  Things are looking good, but keep your fingers crossed till the ink dries!

I’m sure all of you out there know this already, but NOLA Brewing has released their Brown Ale in cans and should be in local grocery stores. If it’s not, then ask why! Also, a great article about NOLA Head Brewer Melanie Knepp.

Avenue Pub’s Crafty Hour has been changed- it is no longer in effect on the weekends, just Monday-Friday. Owner Polly Watts hints there might be other ways of blowing the kegs but that you need to be on the Pub’s email list to find out about it.  Are you on the Pub’s email list? You should be.

Abita just released an Imperial Red to benefit former New Orleans Saints player Steve Gleason’s foundation to help research a cure for ALS. From Abita’s Press release: “Twenty-five cents from each pint of the beer sold will benefit the Gleason Family Trust. In addition to helping offset the incremental costs of living with ALS, contributions to the Gleason Family Trust go towards Steve’s participation in advanced and experimental technology, equipment and treatments.” WTG, Abita!

Lagunitas coming to Louisiana, as semi-predicted (sort of) by The Beer Buddha.

In general festivity news, Wednesday at the Square starts this week, the Irish Channel St. Patrick’s Day Block Party is on Thursday and the St. Patrick’s Day parade is on Saturday. And Super Sunday is Sunday!  Exciting week.

What have I missed?