For the past 30 years, WYES held its fundraising beer event in June, but last year the station announced it was discontinuing the event for financial reasons. Fortunately for local beer enthusiasts, there’s another event to fill the void.
The New Orleans International Beer Festival
is at Champions Square from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday, June 6. There will be more than 150 beers to sample, as well as a cornhole tournament, a silent disco, live music and a "Mixology Garden" that will feature Guinness beers mixed with other beers to create new flavors.
Boston Beer Company is sponsoring Samuel Adams Brew University, which will have three sessions: Round of Rebels, a tasting of the brewery’s new Rebel line of IPA beer; Kosmic Mother Funk, featuring the brewery’s barrel-aged beers; and Long Shot, which will highlight Samuel Adams’ longstanding national homebrew competition and provide samples of previous winners.
Several local breweries are participating, including Gnarly Barley Brewing Co. from Hammond, Mudbug Brewing from Thibodaux and Chandaleur Brewing Company from Gulfport, Mississippi. Breweries from other areas that are new to the market include Oskar Blues Brewery and Lagunitas Brewing Co.
“I'm just looking forward to getting to be at another festival," says Mudbug's Leith Adams. "[I] Haven't poured at one since WYES 2013.” He notes that the brewery’s King Cake Ale will be served along with other flagship brews.
Tickets are $40 and include unlimited 2-ounce pours. VIP tickets are $75 and include early admission and access to the VIP area, which offers food and a dozen beers not available to regular ticket holders. Designated driver tickets are $20-$30.