Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Brewsday Tuesday: Local breweries release new beers

Posted By on Tue, Oct 14, 2014 at 9:00 AM

40 Arpent's Michael Naquin at Deutches Haus' Oktoberfest serving his Deutches Haus Fest Bier. - PHOTO COURTESY OF EMILY NAQUIN
  • 40 Arpent's Michael Naquin at Deutches Haus' Oktoberfest serving his Deutches Haus Fest Bier.

Louisiana’s two newest breweries are releasing special beers this month with special events. 40 Arpent Brewing Co. is providing the house beer for the Deutsches Haus' Oktoberfest.

“When I moved to New Orleans in July 2000, the first event I went to was the Deutsches Haus Oktoberfest," says head brewer Michael Naquin. "Around when I decided it was time to open a brewery, we were at the last fest on Galvez (Street) and I thought, 'Why doesn't the Haus have its own beer for the fest?'”

Three years later, Naquin produced the beer for Deutsches Haus' Oktoberfest. Deutsches Haus Fest Bier is a Munich-style Oktoberfest beer, and it is slightly different from a traditional marzen. It has 5.8 percent alcohol by volume (ABV), and Naquin used Hallertau, Tradition and Tettnang hops for a balanced hop profile and Southern German Lager Yeast. "This is truly my favorite to brew and is a fantastic lager,” Naquin says.

Gnarly Barley Brewing Co. is rolling out the third beer in its portfolio, Korova Milk Porter, a cold-fermented Baltic oatmeal milk porter with 6.4 percent ABV.

“We are very excited about the release because this is a beer we really enjoy," says Gnarly Barley co-founder Cari Caramonta. "It will be our third commercially released beer, just in time for the fall weather. The Korova Milk Porter was (head brewer) Zac (Caramonta's) first homebrew recipe that he developed completely on his own. It was also the first one he submitted to a contest and brought to a public beer festival.”

The beer debuts at the brewery’s Gnarly Barley Q party on Oct. 18, featuring food, beer and music. After that, Caramonta says they will sell the beer on the Northshore and in Baton Rouge and New Orleans.

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Monday, October 13, 2014

New Orleans' latest film turn: Zombie animals and The Other Dead

Posted By on Mon, Oct 13, 2014 at 4:25 PM

Hey, New Orleans: If NCIS: New Orleans and American Horror Story: Coven weren't to your taste — how about The Other Dead, set in Louisiana during "the next Hurricane Katrina"? EW has details:

Animal Planet is developing a scripted live-action zombie animal saga based on the graphic novel The Other Dead, EW has learned exclusively.

From IDW publishing, the graphic novel is set in Louisiana during the “next Hurricane Katrina,” and tells the story of an eclectic cast of characters thrown together into a nightmarish world of undead animals and unrelenting storms. The graphic novel hails from Joshua Ortega and Digger Mesch, who will both be involved in some capacity. 

That's right — Animal Planet, home of shows like America's Cutest Pet and Puppy Bowl, will now branch into zombie animals.

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Four Tulane literary all-stars to read at the start of November

Posted By on Mon, Oct 13, 2014 at 3:55 PM

Clockwise from left: Thomas Beller, Jesmyn Ward, Peter Cooley, Zachary Lazar - TULANE UNIVERSITY
  • Clockwise from left: Thomas Beller, Jesmyn Ward, Peter Cooley, Zachary Lazar

Four members of Tulane University's creative writing faculty will read from their respectives works Monday, Nov. 3 as part of the Ian Gallagher Zelazny Writers Series.

National Book Award winner Jesmyn Ward (Salvage the Bones, Men We Reaped), who began teaching at the university this fall, will join Thomas Beller, Peter Cooley and Zachary Lazar in Tulane's Freeman Auditorian in the Woldenberg Art Center. The reading is free and open to the public.

Cooley is a widely anthologized poet, and Beller and Lazar each  released new books earlier this year. Beller's J.D. Salinger: The Escape Artist earned him a glowing review in the New York Times, while Lazar's novel I Pity the Poor Immigrant has received critical acclaim all over the place

It all begins at 7 p.m, with a reception in the Newcomb Faculty Lounge to follow. 

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Cafe 821 emerges as a promising addition to the CBD's French dining scene

Posted By on Mon, Oct 13, 2014 at 1:55 PM


The Central Business District has become an unexpected hub for classical French cooking as of late, with a number of new restaurants bringing Parisian flair to the area. This September, Chateau du Lac's expansion site set up shop on Fulton Alley, joining neighborhood Francophone stalwart Le Foret as a date night spot for foie gras and escargot.

If you're looking for something a little lighter in the area (but every bit as French), Cafe 821 might just be your place.

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Y@ Speak: bye week

Posted By on Mon, Oct 13, 2014 at 1:08 PM

While we wait for certain doom, New Orleans spent a week crossing days off the calendar and lost its mind — talking to animals, eating king cake in October, spending inordinate amounts of time in bars, relieving oneself in improper locations, and breathing sighs of relief that the New Orleans Saints didn't lose yet.

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Sunday, October 12, 2014

Director Justin Simien talks about Dear White People

Posted By on Sun, Oct 12, 2014 at 3:45 PM

Director Justin Simien first started thinking about his debut feature film Dear White People in 2006. He imagined a handful of archetypal black students at a prestigious and overwhelmingly white university. As he worked on the script, he eventually created the Twitter handle @dearwhitepeople to work on missives about racial caricatures of black people. He now uses the twitter handle to promote the film, but his stream of observations became the basis for character Sam White's (Tessa Thompson) Winchester University radio program announcements about the same type of campus attitudes.

But another plot point turned out to have a real-world existence and helped him move ahead with the film. In the story, the campus' feisty humor magazine decides to throw a party with a blackface theme. Simien wasn't sure how believable that was, until he realized such parties were actually common.

"It was the Compton Cookout that made me realize this wasn’t just overreach of a satirical screenplay," Simien said in an interview with Gambit. "It was something that actually happened. Spike (Lee) had already done the blackface thing in Bamboozle. I had a version of that in this college campus. As much as everyone in my film had their hands on that party, I thought it was too damning. It would be so outrageous that people would think I wasn’t being fair to the reality of the situation. And then low and behold, almost exactly the way it happened in the screenplay, it played out at the University of California at San Diego at this thing called the Compton Cookout. Then I started searching the Internet. People were writing essays about them. It was just kind of being made public on social media. All these invites are on Facebook, the photos are on facebook. They’ve always been happening and now we know about it."

Dear White People screens Saturday at the New Orleans Film Festival (10 p.m. at the Prytania Theatre) and is scheduled to be open at The Theaters at Canal Place Oct. 24. (Reviewed here.)

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Friday, October 10, 2014

Greater New Orleans Pagan Pride Day is Saturday

Posted By on Fri, Oct 10, 2014 at 5:37 PM

Emily Snyder is the President of New Orleans' Pagan Pride Project.
  • Emily Snyder is the President of New Orleans' Pagan Pride Project.

The second annula Greater New Orleans Pagan Pride Day is from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday at Washington Square. The event features music, crafts, workshops, discussion panels and more. There are performances by the Mudlark Puppeteers and the musical headliner is Tuatha Dea, which combines rock, Celtic and tribal sounds. A food drive benefits Women with a Vision. Emily Snyder, President of the local chapter of the Pagan Pride Project, spoke with Gambit about Paganism.

How do you explain paganism?
Snyder: The word pagan first has to be understood. Pagan translates to “those who live in the country.” When Christianity first spread, it was limited to the urbanized city-dwellers, while those who lived in rural areas continued to practice their ancestral religions. [European] pagan beliefs include equal worship of masculine and feminine deities and a focus on nature.

How and why was Pagan Pride Day created?
Pagan Pride Day started with food drives in the 1990s and was created because pagans are a very marginalized group. The word pagan has been used derogatorily for thousands of years. Pagan Pride Day was created to dispel negative propaganda and show outsiders that pagans are just ordinary people.

What are some everyday examples of pagan heritage?
The most famous example is the origin of many Western holidays, such as Christmas, Halloween, May Day and Groundhog Day. Even the phrase “tying the knot” [in regard to weddings] can trace its history back to a pagan Celtic wedding ceremony called Handfasting.

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New Belgium Brewing's Ken Petroski to visit New Orleans

Posted By on Fri, Oct 10, 2014 at 4:57 PM


Next week, New Belgium Brewing Company brewer Ken Petroski will visit New Orleans to share sour and barrel-aged beers at The Avenue Pub and Cooter Brown's Tavern and join a sour beer dinner at Boucherie.

Petroski is a member of New Belgium's wood cellar team, which oversees the barrel-aging program and foeders (enormous barrels) that make up its sour program. He's been with the cellar team for seven years and says, "Making some of the best beers out there is a fulfilling way to make ends meet."

New Orleans' New Belgium rep Buck Brown says, "I love that we offer this program and we can engulf him in New Orleans culture. The dinner is going to be great, too. The Boucherie crew is so fun and innovative."

On Wednesday, Oct. 15, from 7 p.m.-9 p.m. at The Avenue Pub, Petroski and Brown will pour New Belgium Loves Felix, a blonde sour ale aged in oak foeders. It is blended in various proportions in many of New Belgium’s sour wood-aged beers and aged with cherries in barrels from Denver distillery Leopold Brothers.

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Sunday: Prince of Wales and Lady Wales second line parade

Posted By on Fri, Oct 10, 2014 at 3:25 PM


SUNDAY, OCTOBER 12, 2014 1-5PM

"It's Good Being Green"

Special Guest: Adrian Pogue

(route below the jump!)

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