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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.

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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.

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?

Mardi Gras Madness!

The Avenue Pub is opening its Balcony for beer geeks who want a great place to watch the parades while drinking great beer and hanging out with others who want to drink great beer while watching the parades!

For the second year, The Avenue Pub has taken the first week of Mardi Gras to line up some great beer events. This is the weekend that the balcony is open to the public. They, of course, want their best beer customers up there and the best way to get them to show up and watch the parades with us is to line up some great beers. Drinking the beers will get you access to the balcony for the parades (first come first serve of course). There will be lots of industry people in town for these events and they sound awesome!

Friday Feb 10th
Saint Arnolds night: Divine Reserve 11 & the rollout of their newest beer: Bitter Belgian.
Krewe of Oshun parade start 6pm, by the pub by 8pm
Click here for more info and to RSVP

Saturday Feb 11th
Stone Brewing & NOLA collaboration rollout:”Pour Me Somethin’ Mistah” on cask and in draft. Plus a couple of other goodies that Stone is sending and a special cask of NOLA’s wheat with grains of paradise (a combination inspired by the Beer Bitch herself!)
Krewe of Ponchatrian parade Start 2pm, by the Pub 3:30pm
Krewe of Sparta parade start 6pm, by the Pub 7:30Pm
Krewe of Pygmalion parade start 6:45pm, by the pub 8:30pm
Click here for more information and to RSVP

Sunday Feb 12th
Sierra Nevada Releases Torpedo on Draft!
Krewe of Carrollton parade start 12 noon, by the pub 1:30pm
Krewe of King Arthur parade start 1pm by the Pub 3pm
Click here for more information and to RSVP

Wednesday Feb 15th
Abita night!
Rum Barrel Aged Abbey Ale & Double dry hopped Jackamo on cask.
Krewe of Druids parade start 6:30, by the pub 8pm
Krewe of Nyx, parade start 7pm, by the pub 8:30.
Click here for more information and to RSVP

Fine dining beer

We had a lovely Reveillon dinner at Restaurant August on Thursday night.  While it is a primarily a wine restaurant, it has a revamped craft cocktail list and a rather lengthy list of local beers! Nothing on draft, but they have all the Abita line, Bayou Teche Biere Pale, a couple from Heiner Brau  and Covington, and the Southern Pecan Stout from Magnolia. All bottles, but at least it is better than the anemic beer list (American and European lagers and the token Abita Amber) that most fine dining places in New Orleans offer.

I’m hoping that as NOLA Brewing puts more beer out in cans, that the Besh Restaurant Group adds them to their beer lists throughout the city. Would be great to have Orleans Parish’s only production brewery represented at August, Luke, Domenica, American Sector, and Besh Steak House!

Katie’s on Iberville (Mid-City)

Sitting at the bar eating lunch today, I realized that Katie’s can be classified as a good beer restaurant.  Out of 6 taps, there was only one macro-brew (Blue Moon.) There were three Abitas- Amber, SOS, and Restoration. They also had Brooklyn Lager and Magic Hat #9.

Good work, Katie’s bar manager/team!

Also, their food is terrific. I love their crabcakes and the cochon de lait poboy I had today was to die for.  Mr. Beer Bitch had their kalamata muffuletta today which was also quite tasty.  We’ve enjoyed their fried catfish, etoufee, and other specials.  Good place to get a bite to eat (they also have pizza and pasta in addition to more New Orleans-y food) and a beer – also with super friendly staff.

I was really pleased to see the draft list fall within the parameters that the Beer Buddha and I had decided on for good beer restaurants. Thinking back, I remember also seeing Abita Jockamo and LA 31 rotating on tap there as well. Looks like they have a commitment to serving Louisiana and craft beer.

–NOLA Beer Bitch