Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Brewsday Tuesday: Lagunitas brews arrive in New Orleans

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click to enlarge Lagunitas Brewing New Orleans rollout party on Aug. 11.
  • Lagunitas Brewing New Orleans rollout party on Aug. 11.


Last week, California's Lagunitas Brewing Company splashed into the New Orleans craft beer market, introducing its flagship IPA, the hoppy wheat beer Little Sumpin’ Sumpin’ and Imperial Red. The beers are available on draft now, with bottles coming in September.

Also coming next month, The Avenue Pub will host hundreds of sour beer aficionados when Belgium's Brassierie Cantillon releases its annual Zwanze beer on Sept. 20. The beer’s taste profile and style differs from year to year, but it is always spontaneously fermented with wild yeasts, which is what gives the beer its sour tang.

The Zwanze event is usually well attended, so check the Avenue Pub’s Facebook page in the upcoming weeks to get the scoop on acquiring tickets. Avenue Pub-owner Polly Watts offers a variety of sour and wild beers for attendees awaiting the Zwanze tapping at 2 p.m.

Conrad Rolling, Executive Director of the Louisiana Craft Brewers Guild, has announced that this year’s Louisiana Craft Brewers Week will be Sept. 22-28. Last year, the State of Louisiana officially recognized the event to honor the development of local breweries and the quality of their beers.

“The intention this year is to focus on Louisiana breweries, rather than the broader craft beer in Louisiana theme from last year,” Rolling says.

Guild President Andrew Godley, founder of Parish Brewing adds, “This particular week is meant to celebrate our exciting local industry only.” He notes that American Craft Beer Week in May highlights all craft beer.

Events are still to be announced but will take place throughout the state and feature all 11 Louisiana breweries (12 if Courtyard Brewery opens in time) .

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