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!

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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?

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)

 

Emerging from post-Mardi Gras haze

I hope everyone had a happy and safe Mardi Gras and that you all took advantage of the increase in quality canned beers to enjoy craft brew while out and about watching parades and such.

Couple of things:

  1. If you’re a homebrewer and shop at Brewstock, make sure to sign up for the 2012 Brewstock Buyers Club for free in order to accumulate points that will count toward discount on future purchases.  It’s free to join, so don’t be a fool and pass this up!
  2. The gypsy brewer that created Stillwater Artisinal Brewing, Brian Strumke, will be in town to promote the release of his new beer, Kopsttotje, which is inspired by the Dutch tradition of beer to be served with a shot of Bols Genever (basically, a type of gin.) Oh, the Dutch.  I love you and your ways!  Anyway, you can meet Brian tonight at Cure from 5-7. Belloq from 11pm till late or tomorrow night at the Avenue Pub at 6pm.  A very interesting tradition, and New Orleans is one of ten American cities to be chosen for this event!
  3. NOLA Brewing’s “Brewer’s Crack” (a delicious combination of Irish Channel Stout and Hopitoulous IPA) will be on cask on Friday, which is something that I, personally, will be looking forward to all week long.  I remember last year’s cask got kicked within an hour and a half of tapping, so get there early!
  4. The dates of 2012’s American Craft Beer Week have been set, May 14-19.  The Avenue Pub’s big tasting will be that Saturday the 19th. Stay tuned for announcements of events all over town!
  5. New Orleans International Beer Festival (previously known as Top of the Hops) will be at Champions Square on March 24.

That’s all the news fit to print so far on this dreary Monday morning.  Let visions of beer get you through the day and the week…

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!