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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!

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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.

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!

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