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Ancora- craft beer and gourmet pizza

This came over the line today from Ancora Pizzeria and Salumeria on Freret Street…  “Hey folks tomorrow night we will begin our flight night program with all of our tap craft beer collection. Five samples of our craft beers and a pizza of your choice for $25.”

I was just there the other night and the pizza was awesome and the beers looked great. Check ’em out and support restaurants that are supporting craft beer!

Speaking of which, I got quoted by Todd Price in the Times Picayune (NOLA.com) regarding beer and restaurants in New Orleans.  It’s so exciting that people are starting to think about this!

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.

Christmas gifts and New Years plans!

Did you get any good beer-related gifts for the holidays?  I got the Mikkeller single hop series and I got Mr. Beer Bitch two beer books recommended by the BeerBuddha, “The Great American Ale Trail: The Craft Beer Lover’s Guide to the Best Watering Holes in the Nation” by Christian DeBenedetti and “Brewed Awakening: Behind the Beers and Brewers Leading the World’s Craft Brewing Revolution” by Joshua M. Bernstein.

I think we’ll be drinking those over New Year’s weekend.

Speaking of New Year’s, there are a couple beer-related events that I know of, and would love to know about any others y’all know about.

One is the Avenue Pub’s New Years Eve event. They will be tapping two special kegs early in the evening on the balcony: Cantillon Fou Foune, their rare Apricot lambic, and Amager Herr Fredrickson, a Danish Imperial Stout. They will also be opening bottles of Cantillon Mamouche. There will be a special toast at midnight with Brooklyn Local One.

The kitchen will be whipping up some special dishes for the night as well:  Mussels steamed open in champagne with butter, thyme and garlic, served with parmesan butter toast points; grilled scallops over creamy polenta with a classic beurre Blanc drizzled on top; and pork belly braised in Imperial Stout and then seared over open flame, served with orange cream mashed potatoes and an Imperal Stout gravy.

The second event is a beer dinner at Crescent Pie and Sausage.  CP&S is committed to local and craft beer and have held several beer dinners over the last year or so.  Looks like they aren’t being sponsored so they aren’t mentioning the beers by name, but I think that most can be deduced by their descriptions below. $85 inclusive – Call for reservations (504) 482-2426.  To start, a Happy Hour of Bourbon specialty cocktails, followed by:

First Course
Poached La. Seafood Sausage with spicy Chow-Chow and Garlic Aioli
Beer: Filtered Wheat beer soaked in fresh lemon-basil

Second Course
Salad of Pasilla-glazed Bay Scallops w Louisiana Citrus & Local Mizuna
Beer: Fresh Mango IPA

Third Course
Sherried Oyster Wild Mushroom Stew with Bacon Lardons
Beer: local pecan wood Smoked Ale

Fourth Course
Smoked Duck Breast atopSsavory Carrot “Cake” with
Black Pepper Caramel and Orange Zest
Beer: Oak & Bourbon Stout

Dessert
Bourbon Milk Punch with “Kentucky bourbon distillery” best crop.

What else is going on? Leave a comment!

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