Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Brewsday Tuesday: Spreading holiday cheers

Posted By on Tue, Dec 2, 2014 at 8:59 AM

New Orleans beer-themed gifts.
  • New Orleans beer-themed gifts.

The holiday season is upon us, and it’s time to think about gifts for beer-obsessed friends and family. Here are some local craft beer-themed items that will make holiday shopping a breeze. 

Beer is a good gift, but a special offering available now is Parish Brewing’s 2014 Grand Reserve, which was recently released in limited quantities. It's available at Stein’s Market & Deli (2207 Magazine St., 504-527-0771). Every 750-milliliter bottle is sealed with wax and is hand numbered and labeled. Stein's also has a good selection of Belgian beers.

Local breweries offer a wide variety of logo merchandise. NOLA Brewing’s (3001 Tchoupitoulas St, 504-301-0117) shop is open every day and its newest item is a winter-appropriate blue zipper hoodie ($50), available in extra-large sizes. Hop leaf graphic on the back is optional.

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Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Post-turkey beer events on Thanksgiving and Black Friday

Posted By on Wed, Nov 26, 2014 at 2:08 PM


Looking for a distraction from family togetherness or Black Friday madness? For beer fans, check out the Thanksgiving-adjacent craft beer events happening Thursday and Friday in New Orleans.

On Thursday, the Courtyard Brewery (1020 Erato St.)  will be open at around 4:30 p.m. to provide IPA lovers with a “Hoppy Thanksgiving.” Stone Ruination Imperial IPA, Green Flash West Coast Imperial IPA, Stone Go To IPA, Lagunitas New Dogtown double dry hopped Pale Ale, Lagunitas IPA, New Belgium Accumulation White IPA, and Ommegang Hop House dry hopped Belgian Pale Ale will all be on tap on Thanksgiving, alongside some non-hoppy beers to round out the selection.

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Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Brewsday Tuesday: beer appreciation class

Posted By on Tue, Nov 25, 2014 at 11:01 AM

Carol Rice (fifth from right, in back) with the 2013-2014 Beer Appreciation School graduates. - COURTESY CAROL RICE
  • Carol Rice (fifth from right, in back) with the 2013-2014 Beer Appreciation School graduates.

Carol Rice started teaching the Crescent City Homebrewers’ (CCH) Beer Appreciation Class in 2007 because she had so many questions about beer that she wanted answered. She took the class in 1999, and the Beer Judge Certification Program-certified beer enthusiast says, “I found out early on that the best way to learn about something is to teach it.”

The class meets every month for a year and is a forum for making, tasting, evaluating and enjoying beer. While the class is of particular interest to home brewers — and is subsidized by the CCH club — Rice says the class is for anyone who is interested in beer. “Or interested in someone interested in beer,” she adds, recounting the experience of one student who entered the class because her spouse was interested in beer. “She went from a polite ‘I don’t drink beer’ to an exuberant ‘My keg was the first to float at WYES.’”

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Friday, November 21, 2014

Mudbug Brewery opens in Thibodeaux

Posted By on Fri, Nov 21, 2014 at 1:58 PM


Mudbug Brewery, LLC has become the 13th production brewery in Louisiana. Brewery partners Leith Adams, Brance Lloyd and Peter Leichty have announced they've achieved the final step to become a working brewery — Louisiana Alcohol and Tobacco Commission (ATC) approval. 

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Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Upcoming beer dinners from NOLA Brewing and Abita

Posted By on Tue, Nov 18, 2014 at 2:54 PM


NOLA Brewing will be featured at Arnaud’s Remoulade Thursday Nov. 20 for Remoulade’s second annual B(roux) Tasting Dinner. The dinner starts at 6:30 p.m. with passed hors d’oeuvres and mingling with NOLA Blonde Ale and shrimp corn dogs, boudin wontons with pepper jelly mustard, Oysters en Brochette with Marchand de Vin, and cheese straws. The first course pairs NOLA Brown Ale with oyster, duck and andouille gumbo; the second course pairs NOLA Rebirth Pale Ale with alligator sauce piquante with goat cheese-honey grits; and the third course pairs Hopitoulas IPA with Buck’s fried chicken and waffles with sawmill gravy. Dessert will be an apple crostata paired with Irish Channel Stout. The cost is $45 (inclusive of tax and gratuity). For reservations, call (504) 523-5433.

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Brewsday Tuesday: Andrew Pollack raises a glass

Posted By on Tue, Nov 18, 2014 at 9:00 AM

Andrew Pollack finishes beer bottle glasses in the kiln by smoothing edges with a blowtorch.
  • Andrew Pollack finishes beer bottle glasses in the kiln by smoothing edges with a blowtorch.

Andrew Jackson Pollack
has been a New Orleans home brewer since he was a student at Loyola University. But it wasn't until recently that he applied his skills as a glass artist to his love of beer.

Pollack has sold his work at art markets at the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival and at the Palmer Park Arts Market. He'll present a special show for beer lovers at The Avenue Pub from 1 p.m.-5 p.m. Dec. 6. Pollack will offer specially crafted beer vessels including tulip glasses, snifters and the new IPA glass style. Whiskey glass maker Ben Dombey also will present his work. 

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Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Beer festivals Saturday, Nov. 15

Posted By on Wed, Nov 12, 2014 at 2:04 PM

The Crescent City Homebrewers served beer at a festival in 2013. - COURTESY CRESCENT CITY HOMEBREWERS
  • Courtesy Crescent City Homebrewers
  • The Crescent City Homebrewers served beer at a festival in 2013.

There are two local beer festivals this weekend. The Bayou Beer Society holds its second annual Bayou Beer Fest at Southdown Plantation in Houma. Thibodaux’s soon to open Mudbug Brewery is the main sponsor, but it will not be able to serve its beer because it doesn't yet have necessary permits. Other sponsors include Chafunkta Brewing Co., Crooked Letter Brewing Co., 40 Arpent Brewing Co., Crescent Crown Distributors and Which Craft? bar.

The event runs from noon to 5 p.m. and is open to attendees who are at least 21 years old. More than 200 beers and ciders will be served, including beer from Red River and Great Raft in Shreveport as well as Yalabusha Testify Imperial Milk Stout, Sierra Nevada Ruthless Rye, Ipswich Oatmeal Stout, Brooklyn Monster Ale and Founders Red Rye IPA. There will be music by Soul Creole, whose fiddler and vocalist, Louis Michot, works for Bayou Tech, and Noc Nu and the Wild Matous, of which Mudbug head brewer Leith Adams is a member. Food will be provided by Cannata’s, local restaurants and food trucks. Tickets are $35 ($15 for a designated driver ticket) and can be purchased in advance

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Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Brewsday Tuesday: Local breweries release winter beers

Posted By on Tue, Nov 11, 2014 at 9:00 AM

Covington Brewhouse's new winter seasonal, Electric Porter
  • Covington Brewhouse's new winter seasonal, Electric Porter

This winter, several local breweries are creating variations on the dark beer style known as porter. Thought to have originated in England in the 18th century, the style was appealing to working-class men such as transportation workers in London, also known as porters. There are different accounts of porter’s invention and popularity. It is generally accepted, however, that the style originated in London as a strong, dark ale. Stronger versions brewed to ship across the North Sea became known as Baltic porters.

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Monday, November 10, 2014

Great Raft Brewing rolls out its beer this week in New Orleans

Posted By on Mon, Nov 10, 2014 at 10:05 AM

Although Great Raft Brewing’s beer has popped up around town here and there since the brewery announced New Orleans distribution through Crescent Crown, this week is the official rollout. The Shreveport brewery’s co-founders Andrew and Lindsay Nations will be in town all week to meet with retailers and customers. Right now, Great Raft’s beers will be on draft only, but with the company's planned brewery expansion and subsequent increase in capacity, the Nations hope to have their canned beer available in time for parades and Mardi Gras.

Here is the planned schedule of Great Raft rollout events for this week (all events start at 7 p.m. unless otherwise noted):

Monday, November 10: The Nations will be joined by Great Raft brewmaster Harvey Kenney at Lager’s in Metairie (3501 Veterans Memorial Blvd., 504-887-9923). In addition to flagship beers Southern Drawl pale lager (which Kenney says has been hopped up considerably in recent batches) and Commotion Pale Ale, Lager’s will have the brewery’s brand new limited run beer, Creature of Habit Coffee Brown Ale. After Monday, Kenney is returning to Shreveport to get back to brewing, so this is the only opportunity to meet him.

Tuesday, November 11: Enjoy Southern Drawl, Commotion Pale Ale, and their black lager Reasonably Corrupt on one of the nicest bar decks in the city at Bayou Beer Garden (326 N. Jefferson Davis Pkwy., 504-302-9357) in Mid-City. Lindsay and Andrew will both be on hand to talk about their beer during Patio Trivia.

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Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Brewsday Tuesday: Parish Brewery's Grand Reserve release party is Nov. 22

Posted By on Tue, Nov 4, 2014 at 2:29 PM


Parish Brewing Co. (229 Jared Drive, Broussard, 337-330-8601) holds its annual Grand Reserve Day at the brewery starting at noon Saturday, Nov. 22.

For the second year, Parish Brewing’s Grand Reserve barleywine will be released during its Grand Reserve Day event. This is the beer's third vintage.

Tickets are available online only and cost $25, which includes a Parish snifter, unlimited pours of its flagship beers (Canebrake, Envie, Farmhouse IPA and South Coast amber ale) and 10 5-ounce pours from a selection of other options, including the 2014 Grand Reserve, previous Grand Reserves, the inaugural Imperial Reserve, Milton Teagle Jr. Jr. (a wild ale refermented on fruit in pinot noir barrels) and other specialty beers.

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