Fans of German beer and cask-conditioned beer should head to The Avenue Pub (1732 St. Charles Ave., 504-586-9243; www.theavenuepub.com) on Saturday, Oct. 22, for its annual Anstich Oktoberfest tapping, which begins at 2 p.m. "We believe that area of the world has contributed much more than just marzens to our craft beer world, and we like to celebrate all the traditional German styles by tapping as many as we can get our hands on," says Avenue Pub owner Polly Watts.
40 Arpent Brewing Company (6809 N. Peters St., Arabi, 504-342-2804; www.40arpentbrewery.com) has opened its family-
friendly taproom. During October, it offers the following beers on tap: Duckweed IPA, New Basin stout, Orange Blossom O-Possum, Deutsches Haus Oktoberfest and Red Bean and Rice Ale.
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Raymond and Mandy Pumilia, founders of Royal Brewery New Orleans, have been transforming an industrial space in New Orleans East into the brewery they've dreamed of since serving friends home-brewed beer at their Royal Street house. The brewery's tanks are in place and the Pumilias plan to start brewing by the end of the year.
Matt Marsiglia is building on New Orleans' growing beer culture with his tour company, NOLA Brew Bus (www.nolabrewbus.com), which starts tours Sept. 30. "I want to bring the experience that tour guides give in the French Quarter to my tour, except it will be beer-centric."
Belgium's Brasserie-Brouwerij Cantillon's international Zwanze Day is Oct. 1, and The Avenue Pub (1732 St. Charles Ave., 504-586-9243; www.theavenuepub.com) is one of 60 bars in the world chosen to tap the beer simultaneously at 7 p.m. Greenwich Mean Time (2 p.m.
Three upcoming beer dinners feature regional beers or special brews. Ruth's Chris Steak House (Harrah's Hotel, 525 Fulton St., 504-587-7099; www.ruthschris.com/promotions/events/new-orleans-dinner) hosts a Southern Craft Dinner Thursday, Sept. 15.
September and October are busy months in the local beer scene, with special events and the release of many seasonal beers. Louisiana Craft Brewer Week runs Sept. 18-25, with events across town including the LA/SPCA fundraiser NOLA On Tap Sept 24.
Recent flooding in Louisiana didn't damage any
of the breweries in the affected regions, including Baton Rouge, the Northshore and the Lafayette area. All those breweries have organized fundraisers for flood relief, as well as Urban South Brewery, Second Line Brewing and NOLA Brewing Com-
pany in New Orleans.
As New Orleans' beer scene continues to grow — with three breweries, one nanobrewery, two brewpubs and an array of dedicated beer bars — one important measure of success is the number of tourists and visitors exploring the beer and the breweries in the city and state. FUHWE (a Caribbean phrase meaning "for us") is an organization that offers two beer tour "experiences" in the Lower Garden District.
Southern Louisiana's beer scene is about to get a whole lot hoppier. Gnarly Barley Brewing Company released its reworked Radical Rye P.A. in the New Orleans area.
and shandy are beer and liquor standards, and variations can be found at many New Orleans venues, including Oxalis, which offers a boilermaker menu, and Urban South Brewery's tasting room, which makes a shandy with lemonade and the brewery's Charming Wit beer. At the recent Tales of the Cocktail festival, seminars and tasting room presentations showed there are many ways to mix beer in drinks.
Eric and Leah Jensen created the name Parleaux Beer Lab (4224 Royal St.; www.parleauxbeerlab.com) because it reflects the forthcoming brewery's surrounding neighborhood as well as Eric's previous work as an educator. "Parleaux" joins the French words for "by" and "water," and Eric says "lab" evokes the kind of brewing he plans to do when the brewery opens later this year.