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Nuit Belge beer and food pairing comes to New Orleans Friday, February 26 

click to enlarge Crooked Stave Artisan Beer Project's taproom in Denver.

Photo by Nora McGunnigle

Crooked Stave Artisan Beer Project's taproom in Denver.

Jester King, the Austin, Texas farmhouse brewery, will pour Ambree, a tart farmhouse amber, and Black Metal, an imperial stout, at the upcoming Nuit Belge beer and food pairing Friday. The beers will be paired with cheeses from St. James Cheese Company, including Charmoix, a raw Belgian cow milk cheese, and Pecorino La Pecora Nera, a raw sheep's milk cheese from Tuscany.

  The relationship between the brewery and Nuit Belge organizer Matthew Leff — strengthened by Avenue Pub (1732 St. Charles Ave., 504-586-9243) owner Polly Watts' friendship with Jester King founder Ron Extract — created an opportunity for Avenue Pub to serve Jester King's beer on Wednesday and Thursday.

  The beers include Wytchmaker Farmhouse Rye IPA, Provenance citrus saison, and Vulgar Affectation, brewed with lemon bee balm and horehound.

  The Pub's consulting chef, Nathanial Zimet, will provide small plates to complement each beer, and St. James will provide cheese pairings. Once the event ends Thursday, there will be no more Jester King available. Crooked Stave's appearance in New Orleans is a similar story. With a raw seafood bar provided by Murder Point Oyster Company, Nuit Belge will serve two exclusive beers: L'Brett d'Cherry and Progenitor. Crooked Stave also will send beer to the Avenue Pub and Courtyard Brewery (1020 Erato St.).

  Watts says it's unusual for an event like Nuit Belge to share the small allocation of these hard-to-find beers. Leff says exposing consumers to unique beer opportunities is part of his mission.

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