The Avenue Pub: Regional Breweries Night. St. Arnold’s Farmer Brown – aged in Chardonnay barrels CASK with Brock the Owner, NOLA Brewing – Pour Me Something Mistah Draft & Yeast series, Bayou Teche beer cocktials, Lazy Magnolia cask ale. NOLA Brewing says about their Yeast Education: “Come out to the Avenue Pub for a little education provided by our very own Peter Caddoo and Melanie Knepp. They took our Blonde Ale and deciced to change things up a bit. They took several different yeast strains and tried them all with the Blonde Ale Wort. You always hear of different kinds of hops for brews but how often do you hear about different kinds of yeast? This is sure to be a fun and educational night. Not to mention Avenue Pub will be pouring some Pour Me Somethin’ Mistah as well! We can’t wait to see you there!”
The Irish House: “Saint Arnolds Beer Dinner” Have your appetite ready at 7:00 PM. Saint Arnold Founder Brock Wagner will be on hand to talk about the beers and guide the pairings. Reservations are $70 each (gratuity not included). Click here for menu and to make reservations.
Fat Harry’s: “Saint Arnolds Tap Takeover” Hop on a street car and head to Fat Harry’s where Saint Arnold beers, including the rare Bitter Belgian, will dominate the taps. Buy a Saint Arnold – keep the pint glass! Glasses are limited to the first 100 people.
Heiner Brau Brewery Northshore: Spring Fest
NOLA Brewery (Uptown) – 2:00pm. ACBW Brewery Tour
Stein’s Deli (Uptown) – 3:00pm: Craft Sampling featuring Brooklyn, Stone, Harpoon, Stone, and Shmaltz. Saint Arnolds Founder Brock Wagner will be joining the fun.
The Bulldog (Uptown) – 7:00pm. Sam Adams Specialty Night featuring Norse Legend, Imperial White, Tasman Red, and Summer Ale
Barley Oak (Northshore) – 7:00pm. Abita Specialty Flight Night featuring Oyster Stout, Centennial Jockamo, Amarillo Restoration, Beire de Garde, St. Gleason Red Ale, Run Honey Rye, Triple Haze, Buffalo Trace Barrel Aged, Abbey Ale
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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.
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Tagged abita, ACBW, American Craft Beer Week, avenue pub, beer bar, Beer class, cask ale, cider, Dan Stein, events, NOLA Beer Bitch, NOLA Brewing, Steins Deli
Win tickets to go to the New Orleans International Beer Festival on Saturday, March 24.
Stein’s is holding a beer class on Wednesday, March 14, 8:30-10pm. $18 bucks gets you beer, cheese, and delicious, delicious meats. Hurry though, only 18 seats are available! More info here.
Although not in New Orleans/Louisiana, congrats to the Lucky Town Scofflaws who met their Kickstart goal handily last week! New brewery in Mississippi, y’all. Also, Raise Your Pints have seen their hard work pay off by seeing their sponsored bill easing the restrictions on ABV limits and homebrewing work its way through the State House and Senate. Things are looking good, but keep your fingers crossed till the ink dries!
I’m sure all of you out there know this already, but NOLA Brewing has released their Brown Ale in cans and should be in local grocery stores. If it’s not, then ask why! Also, a great article about NOLA Head Brewer Melanie Knepp.
Avenue Pub’s Crafty Hour has been changed- it is no longer in effect on the weekends, just Monday-Friday. Owner Polly Watts hints there might be other ways of blowing the kegs but that you need to be on the Pub’s email list to find out about it. Are you on the Pub’s email list? You should be.
Abita just released an Imperial Red to benefit former New Orleans Saints player Steve Gleason’s foundation to help research a cure for ALS. From Abita’s Press release: “Twenty-five cents from each pint of the beer sold will benefit the Gleason Family Trust. In addition to helping offset the incremental costs of living with ALS, contributions to the Gleason Family Trust go towards Steve’s participation in advanced and experimental technology, equipment and treatments.” WTG, Abita!
Lagunitas coming to Louisiana, as semi-predicted (sort of) by The Beer Buddha.
In general festivity news, Wednesday at the Square starts this week, the Irish Channel St. Patrick’s Day Block Party is on Thursday and the St. Patrick’s Day parade is on Saturday. And Super Sunday is Sunday! Exciting week.
What have I missed?
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 email@example.com to see if they still have spots available. Last I heard, it was filling up fast.
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Tagged avenue pub, beer bar, beer dinner, Dan Stein, events, food, glassware, Närke, Nils, NOLA Beer Bitch, Nynäshamns, Oppigårds, restaurants, sierra nevada, Steins Deli, swedish beer, tasting
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!
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Tagged avenue pub, Bayou Teche, beer bar, beer dinner, brewery, brewstock, cask ale, Dan Stein, events, NOLA Beer Bitch, NOLA Brewing, real ale, restaurants, Steins Deli, Stone Brewing, swedish beer
Well, tonight’s the night of many options. Previously discussed here in detail, I also wanted to add that if you’re on the North Shore and can’t come in for the NOLA Brewing Irish Channel Stout Release, the Avenue Pub’s Anchor Christmas Ale vertical tasting, or Stein’s Holiday/Winter Ale tasting, you can still attend the Barley Oak’s Abita Specialty Night! (UPDATE: The Barley Oak event is NEXT WEDNESDAY, 12/14.)
From the Barley Oak: “Take a break from the holiday hustle & bustle and come out to enjoy some specialties from Abita that we’ve hung on to just for you! Abita Reps on hand to give out cool Abita Schwag! See ya then!!”
Featuring on Draft:
* Bourbon Barrel Aged 25th Anniversary Vanilla Doubledog
* Honey Rye
* Purple Haze
* Amarillo Hopped Restoration
* Oyster Stout
Also, some more info on the NOLA Irish Channel Stout unveiling from Kirk Coc himself: “Come to the Irish House on St. Charles for Celtic music, our new Stout and the wonderful blend of Stout and Hopitoulas IPAD known affectionately as Brewer’s Crack (hey, I didn’t pick the name.)” Apparently there will also be a cask ale there as well, so you KNOW the Beer Bitch is gonna be there in full force.
Come out and break up the week with some local brews, wherever you may be, and however your tastes may run.
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Tagged avenue pub, beer bar, brewery, cask ale, Holiday Beers, NOLA Beer Bitch, NOLA Brewing, real ale, release, Steins Deli, tasting
Holy smokes, this Wednesday (12/7) is CHOCK FULL of awesome beer-vents, but as there are only so many hours in the day, I kinda wish they’d been staggered out through the week! Check it out:
Here are some suggestions on how to hit all these events:
- (5:30-6:45) Hit the Irish House right after work, try some stout, talk with Kirk, Dylan, Melanie, Peter, and the gang. Maybe try to eat something.
- (6:45-8:15) Walk up the street to The Avenue Pub, order some food if you haven’t already done so at the Irish House, go upstairs to the Balcony, and enjoy Anchor’s Christmas ales from 2008 and 2009 on draft and try out this year’s version.
- (8:15-10:00) Get yourself over to Stein’s, settle in to drink and discuss some holiday beers. There will be some food available, so you’ll be covered there.
OR, you can take a chance that the Anchors will still be around Thursday or Friday and skip step 2, giving you a bit more wiggle room to enjoy the ICS release party.
OR, you can wait to try ICS at the Pub/Balcony on cask on Friday (12/9).
Lordy. Is there anything else happening on any other days this week? Or, gods forbid, anything else happening on Wednesday the 9th?
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Tagged avenue pub, beer bar, brewery, cask ale, Dan Stein, events, Holiday Beer. Beer class, NOLA Beer Bitch, NOLA Brewing, real ale, release, Steins Deli, tasting