Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Brewsday Tuesday: Beer festivals across Louisiana

Posted By on Tue, Jan 20, 2015 at 9:00 AM

New Orleans on Tap is held at New Orleans City Park's festival grounds.
  • New Orleans on Tap is held at New Orleans City Park's festival grounds.

Last week, WYES canceled its long-running International Beer Tasting and its Private Beer Sampling companion event, citing rising event costs and logistical concerns. When the tasting was initiated 31 years ago, there weren't many beer-focused events in the area and the state didn't have the variety of beers now offered by several recently opened Louisiana breweries. The WYES Tasting will be missed but here are some major beer events on the 2015 calendar.

On Feb. 21. Lake Charles hosts the inaugural Louisiana Winter Beer Fest featuring more than 50 breweries, including local favorites, national craft brands and visiting brewers such as Abbey Beverage Company and Sierra Blanca Brewing. The event is 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. at the Calcasieu Marine National Bank. Tickets are $40, and a portion of proceeds benefit the Community Foundation of SWLA.

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Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Southern Eagle collaborates with New York brewery to create Southern Tier 30°/90° beer

Posted By on Tue, Jan 13, 2015 at 11:08 AM

(l-r) Donn Lacoste, Travis Clark, and Kyle Huling brewing at Southern Tier Brewing in Lakewood, New York. - SOUTHERN EAGLE SALES & SERVICE
  • (l-r) Donn Lacoste, Travis Clark, and Kyle Huling brewing at Southern Tier Brewing in Lakewood, New York.

Three members of the Southern Eagle Sales and Service's craft beer distribution team went to upstate New York to brew a beer with Southern Tier Brewing, and that beer has been released exclusively in New Orleans this week.

Kyle Huling, Travis Clark, and Donn Lacoste of LA Craft, the craft beer department at Southern Eagle, collaborated with Southern Tier's Director of Research & Development, Joe Reynolds, to create Southern Tier 30°/90°, which is an American Cream Ale style brewed with lavender. The 30/90 name references the respective latitudes of New Orleans and Lakewood, New York.

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Brewsday Tuesday: Bayou Teche celebrates 5th anniversary

Posted By on Tue, Jan 13, 2015 at 9:00 AM

The brewery opened in a small building in 2010.
  • The brewery opened in a small building in 2010.

Bayou Teche Brewing celebrates its fifth anniversary with parties and a special anniversary brew, Persimmon Sour Ale, which features local persimmons and lactobacillus to get the sour taste.

On Jan. 31, brothers and owners Karlos, Dorsey and Byron Knott host a party at the brewery (1106 Bushville Highway, Arnaudville, 337-303-8000). There's a Cajun music jam session from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and zydeco music by Soul Creole from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. The anniversary is the release party for the special ale.

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Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Beer news and events with St. Arnold and New Belgium breweries

Posted By on Tue, Jan 6, 2015 at 11:16 AM


NOLA Brewing will team up with San Diego's Stone Brewing again to release a collaboration beer in time for Fat Tuesday. In 2012, the two breweries created a hoppy porter called Pour Me Something Mistah and released it during the first weekend of parades. On Saturday, Feb. 14, the two breweries will roll out The Bringer of Destruction at The Avenue Pub (1732 St. Charles Ave., 504-586-9243), named for longtime New Orleans Stone sales rep Jason Armstrong and rumored to be an Imperial IPA.

World of Beer (4100 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 504-266-2689) hosts Saint Arnold Brewing on Thursday and Houston graffiti artist Gonzo will paint a Saint Arnold mural beginning at 6 p.m. The event features Saint Arnold beers, including a special brandied cherry-infused Winter Stout.

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Brewsday Tuesday: Beer for brunch

Posted By on Tue, Jan 6, 2015 at 9:00 AM

World of Beer's "Beer-unch"
  • World of Beer's "Beer-unch"

Combining beer with brunch might sound like an odd idea, but it's catching on at New Orleans restaurants.

“With the brunch food scene being so big in New Orleans and the craft beer scene growing it makes so much sense," says New Belgium Brewing Company sales rep Buck Brown. "Pairings can be fun and creative with beer mimosas and breakfast beers.”

At the Metairie location of World of Beer (4100 Veterans Memorial Blvd., 504-266-2689; ), “Beer-unch” happens every Sunday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Diners can choose an IPA to accompany breakfast tacos or a Belgian dubbel ale to pair with the Belgian beer waffles, which have beer in the batter and come with blueberry wheat ale compote. The chicken and waffle sandwich features beer-brined chicken topped with bacon and onion jam served between Belgian waffles.

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Thursday, January 1, 2015

Shoes and suds: NOLA Brewing and Krewe of Muses team up on a Carnival beer

Posted By on Thu, Jan 1, 2015 at 6:58 PM


NOLA Brewing
will become the first brewery to team up with a Mardi Gras krewe to release a beer with its upcoming collaboration with the Krewe of Muses.

Muses is the popular all-woman krewe that rides the Thursday before Mardi Gras and is well-known for its hand-decorated shoe throws. It rolls Feb. 12, 2015.

The Muses organization also works throughout the year through to support local non-profits and endeavors, and with the  collaboration with NOLA Brewing, a portion of the proceeds of the beer will benefit local women's advocacy group Women With A Vision.

The beer itself will be a session-strength Belgian style beer, which will combine the fruity characteristics of Belgian yeast with the citrus aromatics of the hops. At 4.4% ABV, this easy drinking beer will be perfect for drinking all through the parades this Mardi Gras season. You'll need to fill up some growlers at NOLA Brewing's tap room to take to the parade route, however, because the Muses beer will be available on draft only.

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Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Brewsday Tuesday: Brewery and Beer Bar Report

Posted By on Tue, Dec 30, 2014 at 8:59 AM


As 2014 comes to a close, several local beer bars and breweries are planning changes, expansions and events.

Mudbug Brewery (1878 Highway 3185, Thibodaux) has been brewing beer since receiving necessary permits and licenses, and its tap room is now open to beer lovers (and their dogs) to sample head brewer Leith Adams’ test batches. Flagship beers King Cake Ale, Cafe au Lait Stout and Intracoastal IPA are flowing and the brewery  will announce regular tap room hours soon. Adams says a grand opening event is being planned and account distribution will begin in mid-January.

The Courtyard Brewery (1020 Erato St.) announced its grand opening event will be Saturday, Jan. 24, 2015. Owner/brewer Scott Wood has been brewing Courtyard's flagship beers, including a low-alcohol, high-flavor “baby IPA” and a hibiscus pale ale in preparation for the event and to serve on draft at the tap room.

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Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Brewsday Tuesday: Ringing in the new beer

Posted By on Tue, Dec 23, 2014 at 9:02 AM


Instead of toasting the new year with a flute of sparkling wine,some do it with a tulip glass of beer. Some beer fans raise a glass of something special they have been saving for the occasion, but there also are a few beer destinations to consider.

The Avenue Pub (1732 St. Charles Ave., 504-586-9243) holds its fourth annual New Years Eve celebration starting at 5 p.m. Dec. 31. The Pub’s beer list includes Cantillon Fou' Foune, Amager-Mikkeller Hr. Frederiksens vaesel Brunch, Tilquin Gueuze, Evil Twin Imperial Biscotti Break on sour cherries, De La Senne Taras Boulba, bourbon barrel-aged Struise Triple Reserva, 3 Fonteinen, Siren Craft Brew-Mikkeller Limoncello IPA, Trois Dames Fiancee Pinot Noir, Trois Dames-Six Point Jalapeno Raspberry Double and Struise Sint Amatus. The much coveted Cantillon Fou' Foune will be tapped early, so plan accordingly.

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Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Brewsday Tuesday: A new homebrew club in Mid-City is looking for members

Posted By on Tue, Dec 16, 2014 at 1:37 PM

Members of the Far Fighter 400, l-r: Bert Swafford, Jeff Roland, Devin Villegas, and Matthew Morgan.
  • Members of the Far Fighter 400, l-r: Bert Swafford, Jeff Roland, Devin Villegas, and Matthew Morgan.

Back in 2011, neighbors and homebrewers Bert Swafford, Kevin Muggivan, and Jeff Roland decided that “brewing by yourself sucks,” to quote Swafford. “It’s boring. Brewing together makes it fun — it’s like the difference between playing solitaire on a Friday night and playing poker with your friends.”

Matthew Morgan and Devin Villegas joined them and since all five hailed from the 400 block of Telemachus Street in Mid-City, they dubbed themselves “Far Fighter 400,” and the group is looking for more members who want to hang out and brew.

“It’s about friends getting together and having a good time,” says Swafford. The Far Fighter 400 club has no set monthly meetings, no dues, and no official mission statement, although their unofficial slogan is “more brewers, more beer, better world,” according to Morgan.

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Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Brewsday Tuesday: Courtyard Brewery celebrates solstice with dark beers

Posted By on Tue, Dec 9, 2014 at 9:03 AM

Courtyard Brewery owner Scott Wood updates the menu board.
  • Courtyard Brewery owner Scott Wood updates the menu board.

The winter solstice, the shortest day of the year, is Sunday, Dec. 21. Getting through that darkest day may require some beer-related assistance, and Courtyard Brewery (1020 Erato St.) can help.

Owners Scott Wood and Lindsay Hellwig are planning a 72-hour dark beer tap takeover during the winter solstice called Dark Hours. Throughout the weekend, the brewery and tap room will serve some of the best dark stouts, porters, old ales and Belgians that can be found in the city, including Bayou Teche Brewing’s Biere Noel (from a single batch of barrel-aged cherry porter), NOLA Brewing’s Irish Channel Stout and barrel-aged Smoky Mary, Saint Arnold’s 20th Anniversary Ale (a barley wine) and Southern Prohibition’s barrel-aged Mississippi Fire Ant.

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