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Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Brewsday Tuesday: Beer festivals across Louisiana

Posted By on Tue, Jan 20, 2015 at 9:00 AM

click to enlarge New Orleans on Tap is held at New Orleans City Park's festival grounds.
  • New Orleans on Tap is held at New Orleans City Park's festival grounds.

Last week, WYES canceled its long-running International Beer Tasting and its Private Beer Sampling companion event, citing rising event costs and logistical concerns. When the tasting was initiated 31 years ago, there weren't many beer-focused events in the area and the state didn't have the variety of beers now offered by several recently opened Louisiana breweries. The WYES Tasting will be missed but here are some major beer events on the 2015 calendar.

On Feb. 21. Lake Charles hosts the inaugural Louisiana Winter Beer Fest featuring more than 50 breweries, including local favorites, national craft brands and visiting brewers such as Abbey Beverage Company and Sierra Blanca Brewing. The event is 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. at the Calcasieu Marine National Bank. Tickets are $40, and a portion of proceeds benefit the Community Foundation of SWLA.

The 11th annual Zapp’s International Beer Fest will be held at the Rural Life Museum in Baton Rouge from 3:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. March 21. The festival benefits Friends of the Rural Life Museum. Tickets are $35.

On Sept. 26, the LA/SPCA The Bulldog present the sixth annual New Orleans On Tap in New Orleans City Park. The festival features craft beer, a homebrew competition, live music, food vendors, and a VIP tent.

On Nov. 14, Houma’s third annual Bayou Beer Fest will serve craft beer and homebrews at Southdown Plantation. Proceeds benefit local veterans’ assistance nonprofits. In 2014, the festival raised $10,000 for the Terrebonne Veterans Shelter and Louisiana Military Family Assistance Fund, organizers said. The 2013 event drew 800 people, and in 2014 there were more than 2,000 attendees. 

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