September and October are very busy months in the local beer scene, with events and the release of many seasonal beers. Louisiana Craft Brewers Week runs from Sept. 18-25, with events across town and the LA-SPCA fundraiser NOLA On Tap finishes that week.
Second Line Brewing just started distributing its Batture Blonde and IPA in six-packs, using its new bottling system. The six-packs hit the market next week.
Nathanial Zimet has brought his Purple Truck out of retirement for a series of a la carte beer pairings at The Avenue Pub. On Sept. 15, Jerry Vietz, the head brewer of Quebec, Canada’s Unibroue will attend a Unibroue and Purple Truck beer-pairing event at The Avenue Pub.
It’s never too early to start planning for Oktoberfest. The original Oktoberfest celebration in Munich begins in mid September (Sept. 17 this year) and concludes on the first weekend in October.
Many local breweries are expanding their fall seasonal portfolios to include an Oktoberfest marzen lager. 40 Arpent Brewing Company will release its official Deutsches Haus Oktoberfest beer for the third year, the tapping of which kicks off the New Orleans area’s largest Oktoberfest celebration. The Deutsches Haus Oktoberfest runs Oct. 7-8, 14-15 and 21-22. Friday sessions start at 4 p.m. and Saturday sessions begin at 1 p.m.
Urban South’s fall seasonal is a 5.8 percent alcohol by volume Oktoberfest marzen style, available Sept. 1. Other Oktoberfest seasonal beers include Covington Brewhouse’s Fest Bier and Abita’s Octoberfest, which won a bronze medal in the GABF Marzen category in 2014.
Although not specifically an Oktoberfest style, NOLA Brewing’s Darkest Before Dawn, a dunkel-style lager, is also available starting Sept. 1.
The Avenue Pub will feature beers on draft and on cask by small, family-run German breweries throughout October.