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Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Brewsday Tuesday: New Orleans On Tap set for Sept. 27

Posted By on Tue, Aug 26, 2014 at 9:00 AM

The homebrewer section at the 2013 New Orleans On Tap. - COURTESY NOOT
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  • The homebrewer section at the 2013 New Orleans On Tap.

The fifth annual dog-friendly beer event New Orleans on Tap (NOOT) returns to City Park Sept. 27. The event raises funds for the Louisiana SPCA, and it is cosponsored by The Bulldog, the family of bars known for its wide selection of beers and love of dogs.

NOOT has always engaged homebrewers, and several area brewers, including Josh Erickson of Chafunkta Brewing Company, got their start after attending the event as homebrewers. This year, the event will include a homebrew competition judged by Beer Judge Certification Program. NOOT organizer and LA-SPCA spokesperson Alicia Haefele says there were 40 homebrewers at the event last year, and she hopes to double that number this year.

“There will be three winners and three people’s choice winners,” she says. “All winners will have their beer featured in the VIP tent for 2015." 

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Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Watch: Esquire's Best Bars in America does Bourbon Street

Posted By on Tue, Aug 19, 2014 at 12:13 PM

New Orleans comic Sean Patton, right, co-hosts Best Bars in America with Jay Larson. - ESQUIRE
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  • New Orleans comic Sean Patton, right, co-hosts Best Bars in America with Jay Larson.

Comedians Sean Patton and Jay Larson — co-hosts of Esquire's bar-hopping travel program Best Bars in America — stop in New Orleans for its latest episode airing this week. Hometown hero Patton escorts Larson to Bacchanal, Parasol's, the Mother-in-Law Lounge, Cane & Table, Broussard's, Erin Rose, Arnaud's French 75 and Snake & Jake's. In this Gambit exclusive clip, watch them tour Bourbon Street (with local comic Andrew Polk). "Bourbon Street done, mistakes relived, fun had," Patton declares, hand grenade in tow.

The full episode airs at 9 p.m. Wednesday on the Esquire Network. 


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Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Behind the scenes with the Brew Dogs in NOLA

Posted By on Tue, Aug 12, 2014 at 9:00 AM

Brewdogs James Watt and Martin Dickie enjoying go-cup culture in the French Quarter - NBC/ESQUIRE NETWORK
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  • Brewdogs James Watt and Martin Dickie enjoying go-cup culture in the French Quarter


The New Orleans episode of Esquire Network’s Brew Dogs airs Aug. 20 and will feature New Orleans as the destination that Scottish “extreme” travelling brewers James Watt and Martin DIckie visit to take in the local culture.

Prior to filming, the producers reached out to several breweries to get a feel for the scene. Leith Adams, co-founder of Mudbug Brewing in Thibodaux, says he received a call, but since his brewery is not up and running yet, he was unable to participate.

Bayou Teche’s Karlos Knott says, “The producers wanted a list of our favorite beers and a sampling list of the best beers brewed by all the other Louisiana breweries.” Knott also had the opportunity to film a food pairing segment with Watt and Dickie at Ste. Marie (now Meauxbar). 

“The idea for the segment was for me to pick three of our beers, while James and Martin picked three to compete with little ol’ Bayou Teche,” Knott says. “I was nervous, I did not want to lose, and let me tell you James and Martin took it very serious – what you won’t see on the show is all of the smack talking coming from those two between courses. It was brutal!”

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Friday, August 8, 2014

Great Raft Brewing sailing to New Orleans next year

Posted By on Fri, Aug 8, 2014 at 11:11 AM

Andrew Nations, Lindsay Nations, and Justin Baker of Great Raft Brewing at the Savor beer festival in Washington D.C. on May 9, 2014.
  • Andrew Nations, Lindsay Nations, and Justin Baker of Great Raft Brewing at the Savor beer festival in Washington D.C. on May 9, 2014.


Shreveport brewery Great Raft Brewing has announced a two-step plan for expansion which will lead to distribution in more of the state. Currently, Great Raft is only available in Shreveport/Bossier, Monroe and Ruston, but co-founder Lindsay Nations says the first phase of the expansion should provide “more breathing room” to keep up with current demand in northern Louisiana. The second expansion will pave the way for an expansion into New Orleans, the Northshore and Baton Rouge markets.

“We never anticipated that the demand in northern Louisiana would be as high as it is,” Nations says. The popularity of Great Raft's Southern Drawl lager and Commotion pale ale prompted the brewery to add two 60-barrel (bbl) fermenters, which have been installed, leveled and and ready to undergo “seasoning,” a technique for getting the "new fermenter" smell and taste out of the equipment by running a beer with a high alcohol volume through the system, then dumping the beer down the drain.

The second phase of expansion which will bring four more 60-bbl fermenters and a 60-bbl bright tank into the brewery, which will give Great Raft the capacity to expand into southern Louisiana. While no distributors or timeline have been announced, Nations says distribution likely will begin in the New Orleans market and grow from there. Nation says it's difficult to set a timeline before the equipment even arrives, but she hopes to have Great Raft beers available in cans for the 2015 Carnival season.

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Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Brewsday Tuesday: Brewsiana at House of Blues

Posted By on Tue, Aug 5, 2014 at 10:31 AM

TARA CURTIS
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On Saturday, Aug. 23, the House of Blues hosts a new beer and music event called Brewsiana, featuring beer from local breweries NOLA Brewing, Parish Brewing Co., Gnarly Barley Brewing Co., Bayou Teche Biere, Tin Roof Brewing Co., Chafunkta Brewing Co. and Covington Brewhouse. Each brewer will offer three beers at the event.

New Orleans House of Blues General Manager Robert Rizzuto says Brewsiana will be an annual event and stems from a national House of Blues initiative to feature craft beer.

“The consumer is changing with the times and is actively seeking out craft beer now,” Rizzuto says.

Rizzuto worked with Donn Lacoste of LA Craft Beer, the craft beer arm of Southern Eagle distributors, to organize the event and reach out to breweries. They tasted and selected beers from each brewery to serve at the event.

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Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Beer bar Ale open on Oak Street

Posted By on Tue, Jul 29, 2014 at 6:18 PM

General Manager Pat Winters in front of Ale's 30 taps.
  • General Manager Pat Winters in front of Ale's 30 taps.


After patrons at Oak complained about the wine bar's beer selection, the owners thought it best to open a new space next door.

"We really want to get more people to [Oak Street], so we thought that opening a bar focused on beer would offer something for everybody," says Ale General Manager Pat Winters.

Ale (8124 Oak St.), which shares a courtyard with its sibling wine bar, opened Friday, July 18. "We got our last city permit at 4:30 p.m., opened the door at 5 p.m., and we were slammed immediately," Winters says.

The official grand opening is Friday, Aug. 1. From  5 p.m. to 8 p.m., happy hour features all draft pints at half price, including taps from Parish Brewing Co., Southern Tier, Stone Brewing Co. and North Coast Brewing Co. There also are taps for Miller Lite and Budweiser. Winters sums up Ale's beer philosophy as, "We want to offer beer that people want to drink." It's the only non-Japanese restaurant in the city that serves Sapporo on draft, and it also carries Crispin on tap for those looking for gluten-free options and cider lovers. The bottle list includes roughly 60 beers in bottles and cans.

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Brewsday Tuesday: Two beer events to enjoy in August

Posted By on Tue, Jul 29, 2014 at 9:00 AM

Elegant beer dinners are flourishing in New Orleans — if you know where to look.
  • Elegant beer dinners are flourishing in New Orleans — if you know where to look.


Shake off the summer doldrums and try a new and exciting beer event this month.

On August 8, Ralph’s on the Park (900 City Park Ave., (504) 488-1000) is hosting a beer dinner with NOLA Brewing. The four course meal, plus passed hors d’oeuvres, will feature a local fish and jumbo lump crabmeat crudo with Big Shot Pineapple nuoc cham paired with Rebirth Pale Ale; a charcuterie plate with caramelized pork rillette, duck liver mousse, and spent grain pretzel served with Hopitoulas IPA; slow cooked Two Run Farms leg of lamb with an Irish Channel Stout glaze, paired with Irish Channel Stout; and for dessert, beignets made with NOLA Brown Ale, pecan crème Anglaise, and peach and cinnamon panna cotta served with NOLA’s Brown Ale infused with maple syrup and cinnamon.

Hors d’oeuvres (to be paired with the new recipe of Hurricane Saison) will begin at 6:30 p.m. and dinner will start at 7:00 p.m. The dinner is $70 (including tax and tip) and reservations can be made by calling Ralph’s on the Park directly.

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Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Brewsday Tuesday: New brews coming to New Orleans

Posted By on Tue, Jul 22, 2014 at 9:00 AM

Yalobusha Brewing Company will distribute several beers in Louisiana beginning this week. - DAN FEITEL
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  • Yalobusha Brewing Company will distribute several beers in Louisiana beginning this week.


California’s Lagunitas Brewing Company is coming to Louisiana in October. The hop-heavy bad boy of beer will be distributed by Crescent Crown, and the release is eagerly anticipated by local beer geeks.

In regional news, Yalobusha Brewing, based in Water Valley, Mississippi, also is coming to Louisiana (also distributed by Crescent Crown) and New Orleans area events are scheduled July 23-29.

“We’re taking New Orleans by storm,” says founder Andy O’Bryan. The rollout includes opening an experimental firkin at The Avenue Pub, having a release party at d.b.a. with bluesman Garry Burnside and tap takeovers at local restaurants including Pizza Domenica and MoPho.

Yalobusha brings three flagship beers as well as one of its most coveted special releases. Copperhead Amber Ale is a hoppy amber, the brewery’s biggest seller in Mississippi. O’Bryan says the 4.8 percent alcohol by volume (ABV) River Ale is “unclassifiable,” but he compares it to an extra pale ale. It is fermented with ale yeast but has a grain bill of almost entirely pilsner malt, which gives the beer its easy-drinking characteristics. Mississ-IPA is an approachable, 6 percent ABV IPA dry hopped with Simcoe. The brewery’s bourbon barrel-aged imperial milk stout Testify is released twice a year, in summer and winter.

O’Bryan bought the historic Water Valley building to house his brewery in April 2013, and Yolabusha released its first beer in October 2013.

“I have an aggressive expansion plan,” O’Bryan says. “By the time we hit our one-year anniversary we’ll be in three states: Louisiana, Mississippi and Tennessee.” He wanted to find a talented, experienced brewer and hired Tony Balzola, who brewed beer for 13 years at McMenamin's in Portland, Oregon.

Visit www.facebook.com/yalobushabrewing for information about events in the New Orleans area. 

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Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Brewsday Tuesday: Tap rooms help craft brewers

Posted By on Tue, Jul 15, 2014 at 9:00 AM

Co-founder William McGehee and head brewer Tom Daigrepont offer beer samples during a brewery tour at Tin Roof Brewing Co. - NORA MCGUNNIGLE
  • Nora McGunnigle
  • Co-founder William McGehee and head brewer Tom Daigrepont offer beer samples during a brewery tour at Tin Roof Brewing Co.



Recent revision of laws governing alcohol production in Louisiana allowed breweries to sell up to 10 percent of their beer directly to the public in a dedicated space within or attached to their facility. This has been a game changer for Louisiana’s fledgling brewing community. Tap rooms provide income and help breweries build relationships with customers.



NOLA Brewing (3001 Tchoupitoulas St., 504-301-0117) opened its tap room in September 2013, and it has served as a venue to watch New Orleans Saints games, an event space and a place to try experimental and one-off beers offered only in the tap room.



“We built out the current tap room very quickly after Hurricane Isaac destroyed the structure that was previously there,” says NOLA Brewing COO Dylan Lintern. “We now want to build out the tap room we always wanted. It is going to have charm and character — a real New Orleans feel to it.”

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Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Lululemon, NOLA Brewing Company hosting "hot yoga, cold beer" series

Posted By on Tue, Jul 8, 2014 at 5:17 PM

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If you didn't find enough ways to combine sweating and drinking over the holiday weekend, yoga outfitters Lululemon and NOLA Brewing have teamed up to give you another excuse to drink beer and perspire.

The "hot yoga, cold beer" series kicked off last night at NOLA Brewery's warehouses (3001 Tchoupitoulas St.) and featured a free hour of hot "power yoga" followed by 2-for-1 beers. The series will continue each Monday over the next five weeks, with the yoga portion running between 6:30-7:30 and imbibing to follow.

For more information, visit Lululemon's event page.


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