Beer is at the center of several upcoming events.
At Hogs For the Cause (www.hogsforthecause.org), the pig roast and fundraiser for families coping with pediatric cancer, organizers Rene Louapre and Becker Hall teamed up with longtime sponsor NOLA Brewing to open the Juke Joint beer tent by the music stage Saturday, March 29. Patrons can enjoy cans of NOLA Brewing Blonde, Brown, Irish Channel Stout, Hopitoulas, the current seasonal Flambeau Red as well as Louapre's and Beck's favorite NOLA brew, 7th Street Wheat, which will be available on draft.
Brooklyn Brewery's beer, food, art and music traveling road show, the Brooklyn Brewery Mash, is in town March 29 to April 5 (www.brooklynbrewerymash.com/new-orleans). Events include a conversation with brewery founders Steve Hindy of Brooklyn Brewing, David Blossman of Abita Brewing Co. and Kirk Coco of NOLA Brewing on April 1 at NOLA Brewing (3001 Tchoupitoulas St., 504-301-0117). There also is a Slow Supper created by Brooklyn Brewery' chef Andrew Gerson in conjunction with the local members-only culinary events group Dinner Lab (www.dinnerlab.com). The meal features several hard-to- find Brooklyn beers paired with six courses. Tickets cost $65 per person and are available to the public via the Brooklyn Brewery Mash website.
At 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 2 The Avenue Pub (1732 St. Charles Ave., 504-586-9243; www.theavenuepub.com) hosts Brooklyn Brewery's quality assurance manager Mary Wiles for its Mash Beer School. Wiles will answer questions about brewing and share some of her favorite Brooklyn beers. Also at 7 p.m. April 2 is the Crescent City Homebrewers' monthly meeting, hosted by the newly opened 40 Arpent Brewing (6809 N. Peters St., Arabi, 504-444-3972; www.40arpentbrewery.com).
For other beer-related events throughout the year, watch for monthly meetings hosted by NOLA Girls' Pint Out (www.facebook.com/nolagpo) and Louisiana Craft Beer Collective (www.facebook.com/louisianacraftbeercollective). — NORA McGUNNIGLE