For the last 30 years, WYES held its fundraising beer event in June, but last year the station announced it was discontinuing the event for financial reasons. Fortunately for local beer enthusiasts, there's another event to fill the void. The New Orleans International Beer Festival is at Champions Square from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday, June 6. There will be more than 150 beers to sample, as well as a cornhole tournament, a silent disco, live music and a Mixology Garden that will feature Guinness beers mixed with other beers to create new flavors.
Boston Beer Company presents Samuel Adams Brew University, which will have three sessions: Round of Rebels, a tasting of the brewery's new Rebel line of IPA beers; Kosmic Mother Funk, featuring the brewery's barrel-aged beers; and Long Shot, which will highlight Samuel Adams' longstanding national homebrew competition and provide samples of previous winners.
Several local breweries are participating in the festival, including Gnarly Barley from Hammond, Mudbug Brewery of Thibodaux and Chandeleur Brewing Company of Gulfport, Mississippi.
"I'm just looking forward to getting to be at another festival," says Mudbug head brewer Leith Adams. "[I] haven't poured at one since WYES 2013." He notes that the brewery's King Cake Ale will be served along with other flagship brews.
Visiting brewers new to the market include Oskar Blues Brewery from Colorado and Lagunitas Brewing Company of California.
Tickets are $40 and include unlimited 2-ounce pours. VIP tickets are $75 and include early admission and access to the VIP area, which offers food and a dozen beers not available to regular ticket holders. Designated driver tickets are $20 and VIP designated driver tickets are $30; neither includes beer samples. — NORA McGUNNIGLE