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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


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…

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!

Twelfth Night Friday Night!

Happy Carnival, y’all!  So much to look forward to between now and February 21.  I’m excited to get my king cake on and to watch the Phunny Phorty Phellows kick off the season with their traditional festive Twelfth Night streetcar ride.

I will be watching from the Avenue Pub’s balcony, drinking a Brooklyn Brewery brown ale on cask.  It is also the start of the Avenue’s/Balcony’s plastic cups during parades policy, FYI.

Also to note today: due to the insane crowds of the past two NOLA Brewing tours, they have created a new policy that if you want to partake of the tour n’ pour, you must arrive between 1:45 and 2:15pm.

Go out and kick off Carnival season in style!

UPDATE:  The Crown and Anchor in Algiers (just hop on over on the ferry!) will be tapping a cask of NOLA Brewing’s Irish Channel Stout.  Kirk and the gang should be there starting at 6pm

Tis the Season to be Drinking

Things have been hectic as of late with the oncoming holiday season, so we’ve been away from the blog for a few days.  Sorry about that!  Here’s a catch all post with some info and links about beer-related holiday stuff.

  • Have you investigated NOLA Beer Blog Contributor, The Beer Buddha’s post on Christmas gifts for the beer lover in your life?  (Or, um, yourself?)  Check it out as we come down the wire… 
  • I sadly missed out on the Avenue Pub’s Christmas beer tasting last night, and even more sadly, wasn’t able to get online to remind you all about it.  I hope that some of the beers are still on tap when I stop by to get my beer on tomorrow night!
  • Speaking of tomorrow night, the Avenue Pub’s Firkin Friday will feature a cask of St. Arnold’s Christmas Ale.  This beer on draft has been super popular so it will likely go fast tomorrow night.
  • New Years Eve at the Avenue Pub will cater to those who want to drink well but not indulge in the craziness of the quarter. It will start early, however, in case you wish to do both or are bar-hopping or whatever. There will be special menu items to be announced and on Draft will be: Cantillon Fou foune and Amager Hr Fredrickson Imperial Stout. Bottle Openings will include: Cantillon Mamouche. There will be a toast at midnight with Brooklyn Local One.

That’s all I can think of off the top of my head… what am I missing?  Anyway, drink well and be safe!

-NOLA Beer Bitch

Winter Beer Wednesday Report

Last night was filled with merriment and tasty beer that warmed the body and soul. Let us begin at the Irish House for the release of this season’s Irish Channel Stout. This is the second year of its seasonal release, and the folks at NOLA Brewing, always ready to have a reason to drink beer with friends and the beer community at large, elevated this launch party at the Irish House in several ways.

#1: they rented an antique Studebaker carriage and 2 horses to carry the crew over from the brewery to the Irish House.  Very reminiscent of the Budweiser draft horse imagery, and an awful lot of fun to see on the way in to the bar.

#2: they brewed a special cask called something like Drunken Girl Scout Thin Mint, which was quite delicious, even to me, who doesn’t actually like those Thin Mint cookies.  (I know, I know.) They used fresh mint leaves and cocoa nibs in the ICS for a subtle, herbaceous beer with a depth of flavor (and not sweetness) provided by the cocoa nibs which complemented the dark malts used in the stout.  I was quite impressed.

#3 they commissioned and donated an original work of art based on the Irish Channel logo by Derek Ross, an artist friend of Melanie Knepp, NOLA Brewing brewer.

All in all, a good time had by all.  I had the Mark Janes version of the Brewer’s Crack, which is 90-10 IC Stout to Hopitoulous. It’s also tasty in a half-and-half format.

We took our leave and went up the street to the Avenue Pub for their Anchor Christmas Ale vertical tasting. It was quiet up on the balcony, but with a steady stream of customers wanting to try the Anchor beers.  They have the 2008 keg upstairs on the balcony, and the 2009 and 2011 kegs downstairs. They were all terrific.

The 2008 vintage was piney, herbaceous, with a very smooth and velvety mouthfeel.  Very rich.

The 2009 was brighter, sassier. A bit more quaffable, maybe?

The 2011 is also tasty.  Obviously, it’s missing a bit of the complexity that a few years of aging will put on it, but it is a very satisfying and drinkable dark ale.  Man, I love it when the Anchor Christmas Ale comes out. Slightly different label, slightly different recipe… it’s definitely something to look forward to every year.

In conclusion: Fun Had By All.  (Parallel conclusion: Feeling Crap At Work Today.) Did anyone out there make it to Dan Stein’s tasting?  We’d love to hear about it if so.

Oh, and as a reward for all who read this entire blog entry, the Avenue Pub will have a cask of the ICS on tomorrow night (Firkin Friday!!) which will be aged with vanilla bean and cayenne. Looking forward to trying it.