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Pinnacle of ACBW!

OK, kids, we’re at the final push!

The Avenue Pub – 1pm till 9pm. 4th Annual American Craft Beer Week Grand Tasting. $22 (plus sales tax) for 12 pours, you keep the glass! (Bonus: Stop by The Avenue Pub at noon, and have a pint with Saint Arnold Founder Brock Wagner and Brewer Vince Mandeville!)

Barley Oak (Northshore): Finale Tasting Day, starting at noon. Join us as we celebrate all things good in the American Craft Beer world. This big day will feature specialty allocated beers with Live Music by Brian Jones from 2pm – 5pm.

Saint Arnold’s Magazine Street Pub Crawl: The first three stops (where we will be simultaneously between 3:00 and 6:00 PM): Tracey’s, The Rendezvous Tavern, and Balcony Bar & Cafe. At 6:00 PM, everyone will head to The Bulldog.

Heiner Brau Brewery (Northshore) Spring Fest with Live NOLA Blues and Jazz: Big Easy Players – Saturday, Noon thru 3pm; Band of Brothers – Saturday, 3pm thru 6pm; Bacon Blues Band – Saturday, 6pm thru 9pm. Barbecue, burgers, sides, dessert, & drinks by: Beck-N-Call Cafe & Catering. Brewery Tours Saturday, 1pm – 5pm

Mellow Mushroom (Northshore) – 3:00pm: Homebrew Invitational and Multi Craft Beer Pint Feature featuring Abita, NOLA, Sam Adams, Stone, and more

TGIF ACBW

The Avenue Pub: Regional Breweries Night. St. Arnold’s Farmer Brown – aged in Chardonnay barrels CASK with Brock the Owner, NOLA Brewing – Pour Me Something Mistah Draft & Yeast series, Bayou Teche beer cocktials, Lazy Magnolia cask ale. NOLA Brewing says about their Yeast Education: “Come out to the Avenue Pub for a little education provided by our very own Peter Caddoo and Melanie Knepp. They took our Blonde Ale and deciced to change things up a bit. They took several different yeast strains and tried them all with the Blonde Ale Wort. You always hear of different kinds of hops for brews but how often do you hear about different kinds of yeast? This is sure to be a fun and educational night. Not to mention Avenue Pub will be pouring some Pour Me Somethin’ Mistah as well! We can’t wait to see you there!”

The Irish House: “Saint Arnolds Beer Dinner” Have your appetite ready at 7:00 PM. Saint Arnold Founder Brock Wagner will be on hand to talk about the beers and guide the pairings. Reservations are $70 each (gratuity not included). Click here for menu and to make reservations.

Fat Harry’s: “Saint Arnolds Tap Takeover” Hop on a street car and head to Fat Harry’s where Saint Arnold beers, including the rare Bitter Belgian, will dominate the taps. Buy a Saint Arnold – keep the pint glass! Glasses are limited to the first 100 people.

Heiner Brau Brewery Northshore: Spring Fest

NOLA Brewery (Uptown) – 2:00pm. ACBW Brewery Tour

Stein’s Deli (Uptown) – 3:00pm: Craft Sampling featuring Brooklyn, Stone, Harpoon, Stone, and Shmaltz. Saint Arnolds Founder Brock Wagner will be joining the fun.

The Bulldog (Uptown) – 7:00pm. Sam Adams Specialty Night featuring Norse Legend, Imperial White, Tasman Red, and Summer Ale

Barley Oak (Northshore) – 7:00pm. Abita Specialty Flight Night featuring Oyster Stout, Centennial Jockamo, Amarillo Restoration, Beire de Garde, St. Gleason Red Ale, Run Honey Rye, Triple Haze, Buffalo Trace Barrel Aged, Abbey Ale

ACBW- Thursday

The Avenue Pub: All About Hops. Specialty hoppy beers both upstairs & down  including some one off hop specialties from Tin Roof & Stillwater, Tin Roof Zythos project, Sierra Nevada southern Hemisphere & Hoptimum DIPA, Brooklyn Blast, Stone Calibelgique & Sublimely Self Righteous Black IPA, St Arnolds Endeavor & Divine Reserve 11

Bulldog (Magazine):  Special Garden Cask of  Lazy Magnolia’s newest beer, Southern Hops’pitality, dry hopped and cask conditioned with hints of sage, rosemary and basil.

Barley Oak (Northshore) ”Saint Arnold Night” with Brock Wagner & Nicole Froland from Saint Arnold Brewing Co. with a flight through some of their seasonal & specialty releases. The $15 flight will consist of 8oz pours of the following: Fancy Lawnmower, Altbier, Santo, Bitter Belgian, Endeavor (the Divine Reserve ’11). Get a cool Saint Arnold Pint Koozie with the purchase of the Flight while supplies last!

Sylvain (French Quarter): Beer Cocktails featuring NOLA Brewing. If you haven’t made heard of Sylvain or been able to visit their fine establishment then you are in for a treat. Sylvain is located in the French Quarter and they know how to make a mighty fine cocktail. So when NOLA decided to have a beer cocktail night for ACBW it was a easy decision! NOLA beer will be featured on the back patio starting at 4pm then later in the night,  beer cocktails provided by the folks at Sylvain.

Craft Beer Crawl (Frenchman) – starting at Three Muses – 5:00pm – featuring Abita SOS, Nola Hopitoulas and Harpoon UFO White; DBA – 6:00pm – featuring Brooklyn Sorachi Ace; Blue Nile – 7:00pm – featuring Stone Arrogant Bastard and Coney Island Mermaid Pilsner

Bruno’s Tavern (Uptown) – 5:30pm Craft Beer Sampling featuring Sierra Nevada and Laughing Skull

The Bricks (Warehouse District) – 7:00pm Craft Beer Sampling featuring Sierra Nevada and Sam Adams

Wednesday ACBW Happenings

The Avenue Pub: Nano/Gypsy Brewers night. Hopfenstarck Blanche de Hermitage, Faust, Saison Station 55, Stillwater Existent Black IPA, Folklore Dark Belgian, Brewers Art Stillwater collaboration Debutante, Local Option Chicago Dampf Loc, Pretty Things Draft Jack D’or, Beer Valley bottle pours Leafer Madness & Black Flag Imperial Stout, Parish Brewing Canebrake, Evil Twin US brewed – Biscotti Break, Ron And The Beast Ryan, Not So Uncommon IPA

Crown and Anchor (Algiers): Drive across or take the fairy to The Crown and Anchor English Pub in Algiers Point for what is sure to be a cask to remember. Featured is a cask of our Hopitoulas that was dry hopped with East Kent Goldings Hops. Called East Meets West IPA  6:00pm.

Old New Orleans Rum Distillery: The Art of Beer Cocktails with Special Guest Liam Deegan from Sylvain

Barley Oak (Northshore): Lazy Magnolia Night. Jefferson Stout cask condition with bourbon soaked oak chips.

Tin Roof Brewery (Baton Rouge): Food Truck Roundup Open House

Ernst Café (Warehouse District):  Sam Adams Night featuring Whitewater IPA, Summer Ale, and Lager. 7:00pm

The District (Warehouse District): Abita Specialty Night featuring Bourbon Barrel Aged Vanilla Doubledog. 8:00pm

Crescent Pie & Sausage (Mid-City): $1 Off All Draft Beers!

Also, check out News With A Twist at 5:00pm on WGNO to see the Avenue Pub featured and ACBW discussed!

I miss anything?

Cheers! NOLA Beer Bitch.

American Craft Beer Week!

ACBW is in full swing, everyone, and we here at NOLA Beer Guide encourage you to go out and get your beer on.  The Avenue Pub’s emails and website has been great for detailing all the events around town (not just at the Pub) so I will direct you to that here, and also let you know everything that’s happening tonight (which is a lot):

The Avenue Pub: American Funk & Saison! Sorachi Ace Brooklyn, Stillwater Table Beer/ Brett, Jolly Pumpkin ESBam, Jolly Pumpkin Mardaguda Obscura Jolly Pumpkin OI Baudelaire Saison, He’Brew Funky Jewbulation, St. Somewhere Saison Athene, Pay de Soliel. Lectio Divina, Anchorage Brewing Tide & Its Takers Belgian Triple with Brett

Bulldog (Mid City): Meet the Future Brewers of Louisiana! Chafunkta and Gnarly Barley for beer and conversation about the joys and challenges of opening a new brewery

St. James Cheese Company (Uptown): Craft Beer and Cheese Class. Justin will be waxing rhapsodic about his favorite subjects with beer maven Dan Stein and local brewers and pairing the brews with cheese. The class will feature 2 new Brooklyn beers, 2 single batches from Sam Adams, NOLA 7th St Wheat and a brew from Schmaltz Brewery. $25. Click here for tickets, as of last night, there were still a few spots available.

The Boot (Uptown): Summer Seasonal Craft Sampling featuring Magic Hat Elder Betty, Brooklyn Summer and Sierra Nevada Summerfest.  6:30pm

Barley Oak (Northshore) : NOLA Brewing Night featuring Pour Me Something Mistah, Flambeau, Hopitoulas, and a specialty cask of Irish Channel Stout, cask conditioned, aged in an Old New Orleans Rum barrel with vanilla beans, espresso beans and cacao nibs! 7:00pm

The Chimes (Northshore): Abita Specialty Night featuring Centennial Hopped Jockamo IPA. 7:00pm

Bulldog (Uptown): Abita Specialty Night featuring New Orleans Rum Barrel Aged Honey Rye. 7:00pm

DBA (Frenchmen St., the Marigny):  Crispin Specialty Night featuring Marvin Cider. 7:00pm

Calcasieu (Warehouse District):  Crispin Cider Dinner featuring Original, Fox Barrel Pear, Brownslane, Cho Tokkyu, and Lansdowne. 7:00pm

Swamp Room (Metairie): Craft Sampling – Magic Hat, Laughing Skull and Dixie. 9:00pm

What did I miss?

Also, show your support of American Craft Beer Week (May 14-20, 2012) by printing out signing, and sharing the Declaration of Beer Independence pledge! Check out this website for more info. From their site:

The Declaration of Beer Independence has been an integral part of American Craft Beer Week (ACBW) since 2009. It has been signed and shared by tens of thousands of passionate and thirsty beer lovers, hung on the walls of brewery tap rooms across the country, and even carried through the halls of Congress. It also can be seen on display in forward thinking retail establishments, further confirming the importance of diversity in the beer marketplace.

So think about how we can support craft beer besides drinking it! (Although that is the most important way…)

Till tomorrow… NOLA Beer Bitch.

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

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.