Combining beer with brunch might sound like an odd idea, but it's catching on at New Orleans restaurants.
"With the brunch food scene being so big in New Orleans and the craft beer scene growing, it makes so much sense," says New Belgium Brewing Company sales rep Buck Brown. "Pairings can be fun and creative with beer mimosas and breakfast beers."
At World of Beer (4100 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 504-266-2689; www.worldofbeer.com/locations/metairie), "Beer-unch" happens every Sunday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Diners can choose an IPA to accompany breakfast tacos or a Belgian dubbel ale to pair with the Belgian beer waffles, which have beer in the batter and come with blueberry wheat ale compote. The chicken and waffle sandwich features beer-brined chicken topped with bacon and onion jam served between Belgian waffles.
World of Beer also offers the "beermosa," which is a wheat ale combined with orange juice. A similar drink is served every weekend at Pizza Domenica z(4933 Magazine St., 504-301-4978; www.pizzadomenica.com), which serves a "birrmosa" made with Super Baladin's Floreale, a dry-hopped Belgian-style pale ale from Italy.
On Saturday, Jan. 17, the Bulldog Uptown (3236 Magazine St., 504-891-1516; www.draftfreak.com) hosts a multi-course New Belgium beer brunch. For $40, diners can enjoy six New Belgium beers, including Salted Belgian Chocolate Stout on nitro and draft Transatlantique Kriek, a cherry lambic style which will not be available on draft anywhere else in 2015. The brunch starts with cheese and fruit, followed by breakfast fare like chicken and waffles, eggs and bacon, plus dessert. The brunch is from 10 a.m. until noon.