September and October are busy months in the local beer scene, with special events and the release of many seasonal beers. Louisiana Craft Brewer Week runs Sept. 18-25, with events across town including the LA/SPCA fundraiser NOLA On Tap Sept 24.
Second Line Brewing just started distributing its Batture Blonde Ale and IPA in six packs, using its new bottling system. The six packs hit the market this week.
Chef Nathanial Zimet brings his Purple Truck food truck to a series of a la carte beer pairings at The Avenue Pub (1732 St. Charles Ave., 504-586-9243; www.theavenuepub.com). On Sept. 15, Jerry Vietz, head brewer at Quebec, Canada's Unibroue, will attend a Unibroue and Purple Truck beer- and food-pairing event at the bar.
It's never too early to start planning for Oktoberfest. The original Oktoberfest celebration in Munich, Germany is Sept. 17-Oct. 3.
Many local breweries are ex- panding their fall seasonal portfolios to include an Oktoberfest marzen lager. For the third year, 40 Arpent Brewing Company releases its official Deutsches Haus Oktoberfest beer at a tapping event that kicks off Deutsches Haus Oktoberfest, New Orleans area's largest Oktoberfest celebration. That festival runs Oct. 7-8, 14-15 and 21-22. It's open 4 p.m. to 11 p.m. Fridays and 1 p.m. to 11 p.m. Saturdays at Kenner's Rivertown.
Urban South Brewery's fall seasonal is a 5.8 percent alcohol by volume Oktoberfest marzen style and is now available. Other Oktoberfest seasonal beers include Covington Brewhouse's Fest Bier and Abita Brewing Company's Octoberfest, which won a bronze medal in the Great American Beer Festival's marzen category in 2014. Although not specifically an Oktoberfest style, NOLA Brewing Company's Darkest Before Dawn, a dunkel-style lager, is now available.
The Avenue Pub will feature beers on draft and in casks by small, family-run German breweries throughout October.