Category Archives: Brewery News

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

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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

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?

Lulzy Press Release from Chafunkta Brewing Company (formerly Pelican)

Given the weirdness of the name and the goofiness of the press release, I am unsure if this is an early April Fools joke, but in the interest of passing along the knowledge (and I found it amusing), see below.  And hopefully I didn’t get punk’d.

!! Breaking Craft Beer News !!
Feb 28, 2012, 07:46PM CDT
MANDEVILLE (AP) – In what is sure to be the biggest shake-up in the Craft Beer World since it was discovered that “hops” actually referred to a plant used in brewing and not what most NBA players have lots of, the formerly well known and established (on paper at least) Mandeville, LA based Pelican Brewing Company, has been renamed and is now known as the Chafunkta Brewing Company.  Rumor has it that multiple lawyers (strangely all from Mandeville) were involved, and that Josh & Jamie Erickson, the proud owners of Chafunkta Brewing Company, had no other choice but to make the name change (word is that Mr. Erickson has little to no tolerance for overpriced lawyers taking craft beer money away from craft beer brewers).When asked about it, Mr. Erickson said “How can I possibly in good conscience allow money which could be spent on grains, hops, and yeast, instead go towards paying for rounds of golf where herds of lawyers spend hours drinking countless “XXX-Light” beers and continuously wondering when the taste will come?”.

Truth be told, inside sources have confirmed that it really wasn’t lawyers that prompted the name change, but instead it was simply that Mr. Erickson wished to avoid any confusion of his tasty brews with those brewed by a well-known similarly named Brewpub out on the West Coast, but only Mr. Erickson and the one upstairs knows the truth about that (rumor also has it that his wife lives upstairs).

Regardless, what we can all look forward to with this late-breaking news is that there should no longer be any confusion on the age old question, “Which Pelican Brewery is this beer from again?”.  And that alone is the only reason one should need to raise a pint and toast the newly formed Chafunkta Brewing Company!  So cheers to them, and cheers to all of you craft beer fans for your continued support of craft beer and their breweries, no matter what they’re called!

-Associated Press (aka Josh & Jamie Erickson, proud owners of the Chafunkta Brewing Company)

 

He said, she said

As you may or may not have heard, NOLA Brewing and Stone’s collaboration beer, Pour Me Something Mistah was released yesterday at the Avenue Pub.  The Beer Bitch liked it, the Beer Buddha… not so much.

Check out both their reviews!

Beer Buddha

NOLA Beer Bitch

Just goes to show, different strokes for different folks. (Whatchoo talkin’ about, Willis?)

Blog roundup 2/1/2012

Two blog posts of note regarding NOLA Brewing shenanigans (Click the links to read all about it!)

1) Saturday’s Krewe du Brew release of seasonal favorite Flambeau Red with accompanying pub crawl.

2) NOLA Brewing’s new tap handle for their newest beer, which is HELLA COOL.

Also, go support the launch of Lucky Town Brewery by going to Kickstarter and pledging! They are so close to being half way there!