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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

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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

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.

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.

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…

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

Roundup – 1/12/12

Here’s the dirt!

  • Stein’s Deli will be holding its annual Beer Day on Saturday, January 28.  There will be brewing demonstrations, tastings, discounts, and general awesomeness.
  • Stone Brewmaster Mitch Steele has rescheduled his visit to New Orleans and at the Avenue Pub (originally scheduled for Monday, 1/9) to this upcoming Tuesday 1/17.  Come Meet The Brewer at the Avenue starting at 5pm on 1/17.
  • The American Homebrewers Association is holding their 33rd Annual National Homebrewers Conference and Homebrew Competition in Seattle on June 21-23, 2012.  Registration opens on February 1.
  • Also on the homebrew front, New Orleans Homebrew shop Brewstock is celebrating its third anniversary today!  Way to go, y’all!
  • There will be a cask of NOLA at the Avenue Pub on Friday (1/13), Hopoutoulas IPA dry hopped with Willamette hops
  • Cochon in Lafayette will be holding a Bayou Teche beer dinner on Wednesday, January 18. If you’re in the area, it sounds awesome! (Man, I gotta get me some of that Courir de Mardi Gras)
  • Waiting on the final draft of the Swedish Beer tasting dinner at Boucherie on Monday, January 23.  Keep a look out and for god’s sake, make your reservations ASAP!  There will be a second dinner 2 weeks later with all new dishes and pairings. Stay tuned!