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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


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.

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?)

Wrapping up beer dinner, and what’s on tap this week

My notes, less coherent as the night went by...

So, the first Boucherie-Swedish beer dinner was on Monday.  Pretty amazing, especially when you consider the chef hadn’t even tasted the beers before planning the menu.  I did a writeup of it here. Mark your calendars for February 6, when Chef Nathanial is gonna do it all over again with the same beers but with a completely different menu.  Also, this time, he’ll have actually tried the beers in advance!

Tonight, the Avenue Pub is hosting a Meet The Brewers event on the Balcony with the folks from Sierra Nevada.  There will be the newest Bigfoot Barleywine on tap as well as the new seasonal Ruthless Rye IPA (which I love) and a couple of bottles of the Sierra Nevada-Dogfish Head collaboration Life & Limb.  The Sierra Nevada guys often bring glassware, etc, to give away and they are very nice folks, so come on out if you can!

Saturday is the big Stein’s Beer Day event as originally mentioned here. You can also read more about it here.

If you’re on the North Shore or don’t mind travelling there, the Barley Oak is having a Spiegelau/Abita Glassware Seminar on February 1.  Give Vanessa a call at 985.727.7420 or email her at vanessa@thebarleyoak.com to see if they still have spots available. Last I heard, it was filling up fast.

Swedish Beer Roundup


First things first:  BIG UPS to The Avenue Pub- owner Polly Watts and her amazing staff – Stene Isacsson, owner of Akkurat Bar & Restaurant in Stockholm, and Shelton Brothers Distributors for all their hard work to bring this event to not only New Orleans but to Louisiana, the South, the US. Nothing like this anywhere else in the country- this was totally a once in a lifetime opportunity and I am grateful to everyone’s role in making it happen.

On Tuesday, the Avenue put on the Oppigårds Golden Ale and I gave that a try- a very pleasant, slightly hoppy, balanced, and drinkable beer. Delicious!

I couldn’t make the Wednesday night tasting, but I did go back on Friday night and enjoyed several of the Swedish offerings, both upstairs and downstairs.  The Balcony also had Cantillon Mamouche on draft as a special keg for a special weekend.  Downstairs had a Jolly Pumpkin Maricaibo Especiale to enjoy.

I started with the Närke Slättöl, an American style pale ale.  I wanted to start light and move through the spectrum.  The Slättöl definitely qualified, it was probably the cleanest and lightest beer I had over the weekend. I enjoyed it, especially since it was my first beer after biking over. Next I tried the Oppigårds Amarillo Spring Ale which was probably one of my favorite beers of the Swedish offerings (though that’s a tough call, since –SPOILER ALERT!– they were all really good.) Great hop-forward aroma and taste, and it was definitely delicately hopped- not too bitter, but the hop presence was there. Anchored in a subtle maltiness with spicy notes.  Really complex  and, more importantly, delicious.  I followed it up with Nils Oscar Hop Yard IPA, which was darker and maltier than the Amarillo Spring Ale. Had a surprisingly high ABV as well, at 7.3%. I liked it, but it definitely suffered by comparison to the Amarillo Spring.  But it was beautifully balanced, dry finish; a very well brewed ale.

I moved upstairs and tried the three Swedish beers on draft up there (along with a Cantillon Mamouche; OK, two): the Nynäshamns Bedarö Bitter, which I could have drunk all night quite happily; Nynäshamns Sotholmen Extra Stout, which I bought at the same time as the bitter, and let sit out to warm a bit; and Oppigårds Single Hop Ale, a nice contrast to the dark and complex stout, as it was light and quaffable. I then went downstairs and enjoyed a Jolly Pumpkin and a Sierra Nevada Ruthless Rye IPA. Damn, that was a delicious night.

Deliciousness continued on Saturday! I arrived at around 11am to get on the list to go upstairs with the first group of ticket holders. While waiting in the downstairs bar, I tried the Närke InternationAle, which was well made, balanced, and very nice to drink; the Nynäshamns Tjockhult Tjinook, a Chinook hopped lager, pretty subtle- not the most exciting beer, but a good solid effort all the same; and the Nils Oscar Kalasöl, a truly special beer in the Oktoberfest style with German malts and a variety of international hops. Really different from the other Swedish beers I’d tried up to that point. A great drinking. beautifully amber ruby red beer.

We were sent upstairs shortly after I ordered my Kalasöl, so I brought it up with me and enjoyed it out on the balcony. It was an absolutely glorious day, as well. Just perfect for drinking great beers with fellow beer geeks and enjoying one of the most gorgeous, sunny, and mild January days this native New Englander has ever experienced. While waiting for the two “special” beers to be available at 3pm (the Närke Konjaks Stormaktsporter 2010 and the Nynäshamns Bötet Barley Wine) I tried some more distinctively Scandinavian beers: the Nils Oscar Julöl, a Christmas ale/wee heavy and surprisingly drinkable on an 80 degree day, and the Närke Tanngnjnost & Tanngrisnir, which was based on a traditional style called a Goittlsandricka. Very smokey in taste and aroma. Tasting notes mentioned juniper berry, but I didn’t catch those notes (it may be something new and unfamiliar to my palate, in beer). It took a couple sips to get used to, and I don’t think I could drink more than 6 ounces. but I was glad I tried it.

Then it was time, time to try the famous and fabled Stormaktsporter. It’s an imperial stout that has only been brewed once.  Supplies are limited, and Polly’s Swedish counterpart basically sacrificed one of his (very few) kegs to send it over to her.  It was intoxicating to the senses, deep, dark, ephemeral, smooth drinking, flavorful, hella complex, a dream to drink. So honored to drink this. (I even ponied up $11 later for another 6 ounces of it.) The other special beer was the Bötet Barley Wine, which is probably the best barleywine I’ve ever had. Smooth drinking, not hot at all, complex in flavor, just sooooooo delicious.

I just didn’t want the happiness to end. It was such good beer, with good folks, on a great day, and a fantastic vibe. It was beautifully organized and executed, and again, my thanks go out to all who had a hand in this event. You made many people very happy.