The fifth annual, dog-friendly beer event New Orleans on Tap (NOOT; www.neworleansontap.org) returns to City Park Sept. 27. The event raises funds for the Louisiana SPCA (www.la-spca.org), and it is cosponsored by The Bulldog (www.bulldog.draftfreak.com), the family of bars known for its wide selection of beers and love of dogs.
NOOT encourages homebrewing, and several area brewers, including Josh Erickson of Chafunkta Brewing Company (www.chafunktabrew.com), got their start after attending the event as homebrewers. This year, NOOT includes a homebrew competition judged by Beer Judge Certification Program (www.bjcp.org) participants. NOOT organizer and LA-SPCA spokesperson Alicia Haefele says 40 homebrewers participated in 2013, 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."
NOOT 2014 includes extended hours (1 p.m.-8 p.m.), valet bicycle parking sponsored by New Belgium Brewing (www.newbelgium.com), and a bike cruiser provided by New Belgium to be painted during the event and raffled.
There will be live music and the event is dog and family friendly. Admission is free and beer tickets are available for purchase ahead of time or at the gate; VIP tickets allow attendees to enter one hour early and sample special beers. A full list of participating brewers and their beers will be available soon on the NOOT website.
More than 8,000 people attended NOOT in 2013, and Haefele expects a larger crowd this year. "The homebrew section is the most popular for true beer fanatics, so anyone wanting to try the great homebrews at NOOT needs to get there early," she says.
Homebrewers who want to participate can contact the group at firstname.lastname@example.org.