The second annual Louisiana Craft Brewer Week (LaCBW), Sept. 22-28, focuses on collaboration and creativity.
Gnarly Barley Brewing Company in Hammond and Chafunkta Brewing Company in Mandeville collaborated on a black IPA called Black Tooth Grin, to be exclusively released during LaCBW.
Gnarly Barley co-founder Cari Caramonta says they're proud to be a part of the first production brewery collaboration in the state.
"Zac [Caramonta, of Gnarly Barley] and Josh [Erickson, of Chafunkta] met through their homebrew club, Mystic Krewe of Brew, and this is a tip of the hat to their roots."
They brewed six slim kegs of the beer that will only be available at the six LaCBW events listed on the schedule.
Baton Rouge beer blogger and writer Jay Ducote of Bite & Booze (www.biteandbooze.com) hosts the Louisiana Brewers Bash at The Irish House, an event that will feature two beers from every Louisiana brewery available in the market.
"Most brewers are showcasing a specialty brew or cask as well as a seasonal or flagship," Ducote says. "Damian Sheridan, the manager at The Irish House, suggested that we team up on an event for Louisiana Craft Brewer Week, and I loved the idea. We started working everything out with the brewers about a month ago and quickly got so much interest that we decided to feature two beers from all nine available breweries."
Jeremy "Beer Buddha" Labadie has been blogging about Louisiana craft beer for years and is the co-author of New Orleans Beer: A Hoppy History of Big Easy Brewing, released earlier this year. This year he helped organize two events with local breweries at local businesses: Redneck Romp at Squeal BBQ with Chafunkta Brewing and a beer and chicken wings pairing at Barrel Proof with Black Label Barbecue (details TBA).
The beer styles offered at this year's LaCBW are a far cry from what was available in past years. This year there are several wild/sour ales, spontaneously fermented with lactobacillus and brettanomyces, which creates sour, funky flavors that evolving palates in the Louisiana craft beer scene are beginning to appreciate.
"Can you believe it?" asks Polly Watts, owner of The Avenue Pub, which hosts several events. "Three breweries doing some kind of sour this year, barrel-aged beers are all over the place and (there is) a single hop series. How far we have come!"
Louisiana Craft Brewer Week events
5 p.m. Chafunkta and Gnarly Barley collaboration release at the Chimes East (10870 Coursey Blvd., Baton Rouge, 225-296-4981; www.thechimes.com/the-chimes-east)
7 p.m. The Barley Oak (2101 Lakeshore Drive, Mandeville, 985-727-7420; www.thebarleyoak.com) features beers from Arabi's 40 Arpent Brewing Company.
8 p.m. Chafunkta and Gnarly Barley collaboration release at the Pelican House (2572 Citiplace Ct., Baton Rouge, 225-456-5200; www.thepelicanbar.com).
5 p.m. NOLA Brewing pint night at the Chimes Baton Rouge (3357 Highland Road, Baton Rouge, 225-383-1754; www.thechimes.com).
5:30 p.m. Chafunkta and Gnarly Barley collaboration release at Capdeville (520 Capdeville St., 504-371-5161; www.capdevillenola.com).
7 p.m. The Barley Oak features beers from Abita Brewing Company.
8 p.m. Chafunkta and Gnarly Barley collaboration release at the Bulldog Mid City.
5 p.m. Parish Brewing visits The Avenue Pub and taps Export Stout and a cask of Coffee Vanilla Export Stout, and there will be bottle pours of Grand Reserve Barleywine and Farmhouse IPA. Parish founder Andrew Godley will arrive at the Pub by 7 p.m.
6 p.m. Louisiana Craft Beer Brewers Bash hosted by Jay Ducote at the Irish House (1432 St. Charles Ave., 504-595-6755; www.theirishhouseneworleans.com). The brewery owners, brewmasters and representatives of the nine Louisiana breweries available in New Orleans attend the event, which features two beers from each brewery and food. Tickets and more information are available at www.biteandbooze.com.
7 p.m. The Barley Oak features a NOLA Brewing cask of barrel-aged Hurrican Saison made with dry-hopped Galaxy hops.
6 p.m. Abita celebrates Louisiana Craft Brewer Week at Deuce McAllister's Ole Saint Kitchen and Tap (132 Royal St., 504-309-4797; www.olesaint.com) with two-for-one on all Abita beers including its new Octoberfest, the new seasonal Pecan Harvest and the new Select series Legendary Gator, a triple helles bock.
6 p.m.: Abita cask Pumpkin & Peach SOS at the Londoner Grill (4215 S. Sherwood Forest Blvd., Baton Rouge, 225-292-9291; www.thelondonerbatonrouge.com).
7 p.m. Chafunkta and Gnarly Barley collaboration release at the Barley Oak.
7 p.m. There's a tapping of ALS IPA at the Chimes Covington (19130 Rogers Lane, Covington, 985-892-5396; www.thechimes.com/the-chimes-covington).
7 p.m. Abita Pumpkin & Peach SOS cask at the Swamp Room (5216 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 504-888-5242).
3 p.m. Make "Pour Decisions" at the NOLA Brewing Tap Room (3001 Tchoupitoulas St., 504-301-0117; www.nolabrewing.com). NOLA will offer 18 specialty beers brewed specially for this event.
3 p.m. Abita Pumpkin & Peach SOS cask at the Bourbon House (144 Bourbon St., 504-522-0111; www.bourbonhouse.com).
4 p.m. Abita Pumpkin & Peach SOS cask at The Chimes Baton Rouge.
5 p.m. Hammond Brews Arts Fest (Hammond Regional Arts Center, 217 E. Thomas St., Hammond, 985-542-7113 ; www.hammondarts.org/brews-arts-festival) featuring Tin Roof Brewing, Gnarly Barley Brewing, Chafunkta Brewing, Covington Brewhouse, Bayou Teche Biere, Lazy Magnolia Brewing, Saint Arnold Brewing, Rogue Brewing, New Belgium Brewing, SweetWater Brewing and Southern Prohibition Brewing.
5 p.m. Jeremy Labadie hosts Chafunkta Brewing at Squeal BBQ (8400 Oak St., 504-302-7370; www.squeal-nola.com) with Chafunkta beers on draft and pulled pork sandwiches with barbecue sauce made with Chafunkta's Old 504 coffee porter.
5 p.m. The Bulldog Mid City presents Covington Brewery's seasonal Fest Bier.
6 p.m. Abita Pumpkin & Peach SOS cask at Lager's International Ale House (3501 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 504-887-9923; www.lagersmetairie.draftfreak.com).
7 p.m. NOLA Brewing visits the Bulldog Mid City with Smoky Mary and Irish Channel Stout.
7 p.m. The Barley Oak features beers from Parish Brewing from Broussard.
7 p.m. Abita Pumpkin & Peach SOS cask at J&J's Sports Lounge (800 France St., 504-942-8877; www.jjssportslounge.com).
11:30 a.m. All pitchers of Louisiana-brewed beer are $2 off at the Bulldog Mid City.
1 p.m. The fifth annual New Orleans On Tap charity benefit for LA/SPCA is at the City Park Festival Grounds. New Orleans on Tap is a free family- and pet-friendly beer festival that features live music, more than 200 local and national beers, food, a homebrew competition, games and giveaways. Visit www.neworleansontap.org for tickets and information.
2 p.m. 40 Arpent visits The Avenue Pub. There is keg tapping of Red Beans & Rice ale with chipotle at 2 p.m., and a keg of Bananas Foster Milk Stout at 5 p.m
3 p.m. Bayou Teche Barrel Beer at The Avenue Pub highlights the brewery's new barrel series beer, Teche Hombres Belgian-style Cerveza, an agave nectar wheat aged in French white oak sauvignon blanc barrels with Spanish orange peel and aji limon peppers. There's a new vintage of Miel Sauvage (Acadian honey beer aged in Jack Daniels barrels), which will be served alongside last year's batch. There also are Coteau Rodaire, the brewery's French farmhouse ale aged in sauvignon blanc barrels and finished with orange peel, and Biere Joi, a Belgian dubbel style aged in whisky barrels with coffee, cacao nibs, and chili arbol. Bayou Teche also will serve Cajun charcuterie and jambalaya.