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Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Craft beer and chamber music and upcoming beer events

Posted By on Tue, Aug 16, 2016 at 10:33 AM

click to enlarge Luke Fleming and Jacob Landry - CRESCENT CITY CHAMBER MUSIC FESTIVAL
  • Crescent City Chamber Music Festival
  • Luke Fleming and Jacob Landry

Chamber music and beer go together Thursday, Aug. 18 when Urban South Brewing and the Crescent City Chamber Music Festival present a free concert (not including the sampler selection of beer) at 6 p.m at the brewery.

The event matches music and beer. Beethoven’s String Quintet in C major, Op. 29 — Presto will be presented along with Charming Wit. Holy Roller Grapefruit IPA will be served while the group plays Brahms’ String Quintet No. 2 in G major, Op. 111 — Vivace, ma non troppo presto. Summer seasonal beer Delta Momma Vienna lager will accompany Mark Summer’s Julie-O, and Brahms’ String Quintet No. 2 in G major, Op. 111 — Allegro non troppo, ma con brio will go with Urban South’s Holy Roller IPA.

“The beers and the pieces range from light and crisp to smooth and easygoing to intense and dramatic,” says Luke Fleming, Artistic Director of the Crescent City Chamber Music Festival.  "I think the pairing with our music will reflect that."

“As a former bartender, I was frequently finding that the flavor profile of a drink would make me think of movement of a Classical piece," he says. "The tune would wind up getting stuck in my head and make the actual drinking of the beverage more special an experience or memory.”

Fleming approached the brewery with the idea, says Urban South President Jacob Landry.

“We're constantly looking for ways to engage with folks at the taproom and to expose them with our growing portfolio of beer," Landry says. 

The brewery hosts a fundraiser for victims of flooding in Baton Rouge and Lafayette on Friday, Aug. 19. Food and entertainment details are being worked out, but 30 percent of sales will go to the Greater New Orleans Foundation's NOLA Pay It Forward Fund.

The Krewe of O.A.K’s Mid Summer Mardi Gras parade is Aug. 27, and Ale owner Patrick Winters is planning to set up a draft system outside the bar with Parish Envie pale ale and Saint Arnold’s Fancy Lawnmower Kolsch beer. Ale offers 30 beers on draft.

The annual LA-SPCA fundraiser NOLA on Tap will take place at New Orleans City Park's  Festival Grounds on Sept. 27. The region’s largest beer festival will feature 400 beers, both commercially and home brewed.

The event will charge admission for the first time. General admission is $5, and kids under 12 get in for free. VIP admission is $25 and includes several early admission, a special area and exclusive beers. The event also is introducing cashless wristband payment technology to reduce waiting in line for tickets.

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