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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


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

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.

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.

Exciting Beer is Here!

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:
* Barleywine
* Bourbon Barrel Aged 25th Anniversary Vanilla Doubledog
* Honey Rye
* Amber
* Andygator
* 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.

Free Beer!

Always an attention-grabber, yes?

Capdeville is hosting a tasting tonight (Monday, 12/5) with NOLA Brewery that will be featuring free samples of Blonde, Hopitoulas, Smoky Mary, Brown and Seventh Street Wheat.

This tasting is free and open to the public that will begin at 5:00pm and run until 7:00pm at Capdeville, 520 Capdeville Street.

I dunno if this is a coincidence or if it is intended to celebrate it, but today is also National Repeal Day, the day that Congress repealed the 18th Amendment, ending Prohibition.  Hooray!


What’s a Beer Geek To Do?

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:

  1. (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.
  2. (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.
  3. (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?