Monthly Archives: April 2012

Ancora- craft beer and gourmet pizza

This came over the line today from Ancora Pizzeria and Salumeria on Freret Street…  “Hey folks tomorrow night we will begin our flight night program with all of our tap craft beer collection. Five samples of our craft beers and a pizza of your choice for $25.”

I was just there the other night and the pizza was awesome and the beers looked great. Check ’em out and support restaurants that are supporting craft beer!

Speaking of which, I got quoted by Todd Price in the Times Picayune (NOLA.com) regarding beer and restaurants in New Orleans.  It’s so exciting that people are starting to think about this!

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The Springtime Scoop

The Avenue Pub is starting a fun Monday night series called “Fancy Glass Mondays.” It’s sponsored by Duvel and their line of, well, Fancy Glasses. On April 2, 9, 16, 23, and 30, patrons of the Balcony will have the opportunity to get a card to track three Duvel purchases throughout that week. If you drink 3, you get a glass!  Cards and glasses are only available on Monday nights on the Balcony. May’s fancy glasses will include Triple Karmelite Fleur de Lis goblets and Kwak Quarto glasses.

Crescent City Homebrewers will be holding their annual meeting this Wednesday at the temporary Deutsches Haus digs in Old Metairie at 1023 Ridgewood Drive. They will also be having a couple brew days this month, so if you’re interested, stop by on Wednesday or contact the club at cchhopline@aol.com.

NOLA Brewing Easter Keg Hunt is coming up on Saturday! The scavenger hunt will take place in the Warehouse District this year on Saturday April 7th and the registration begins at noon at the Howlin’ Wolf Den. Participants will scavenge the Warehouse District for clues in order to find the final destination where there will be live music and of course FREE BEER! You can register your team online before the event for $12 per person or register your team the day of the event for $15 per person. SPACE IS LIMITED so sign up and secure your spot! All proceeds from this years Easter Keg Hunt will go towards the Gulf Restoration Networks ongoing work to restore our beloved Gulf of Mexico. The Gulf Restoration Network is committed to uniting and empowering people to protect and restore the natural resources of the Gulf Region. Teams will consist of 2-6 people per team and there will be awards given for best team name, team costume, individual costume. We encourage every one to dress up and come ready to a great day of fun, music, and beer! You can find info and rules about the Easter Keg Hunt by clicking here…You can also register your team by clicking here.

Don’t forget, April 7 is also Session Beer Day! I plan on celebrating by drinking many NOLA Brown Ales, New Orleans’ locally made and available session beer.

On April 18, The Avenue Pub will be hosting a tasting of Sam Adams Small Batch beers, which look to be different than anything SA has ever done before.  The very small batch Sam Adams specialties don’t normally make it to Louisiana but have agreed to send a few for this event. Several folks from Sam Adams will be with us to chat about their beers and share some of the Sam Adams history. Check it:

  • Norse Legend Sahti, an primitive and ancient beer style from Finland that employs some wild yeast and little to no hops.
  • Cinder Block Rauchbier, smoked German bock beer
  • Griffins Bow oaked blonde Barley wine

The Bugs & Brew 2012 fundraiser to benefit the Drue Rodrigue Foundation will be held on April 21, and a lot of local breweries will be participating.  The event is free to enter, and a plate of crawfish will set you back $5 and a glass of local beer will be $3!  Eat and drink for a good cause – you know you’ll be doing it anyway. It’ll be at the field behind Jesuit High School in New Orleans, at the intersection of Banks St. and S. Solomon St.  Check out their website for more details, including info on the VIP pass which will enable pass holders to sample beer that isn’t for sale.

And keep the week of May 16-20 free for American Craft Beer Week! That’s always a good time.

OK, over and out- feel free to let us know about other beer happenings this month by posting on our Facebook page or commenting below. Drink safely and deliciously!

-The NOLA Beer Bitch