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Beer buzz: Nuit Belge returns Feb. 3 

click to enlarge Nuit Belge features Belgian and Belgian-style beers.

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Nuit Belge features Belgian and Belgian-style beers.

Nuit Belge, an event combining Belgian and Belgian-style beers with food from local restaurants, is Feb. 3 at Generations Hall. Nuit Belge includes 14 restaurants plus St. James Cheese Company and Alabama's Murder Point Oysters.

  Participating restaurants include Angeline, Boucherie, Cochon Butcher and Primitivo. Maypop will pair food with a raspberry saison aged in red wine barrels from Swiss brewery Brasserie Trois Dames. Toups South's dish will be served with Southerly Love, a hoppy wild ale from Creature Comforts Brewing Company in Athens, Georgia.

  Locals can sample two of Austin, Texas' Jester King Brewery beers. Angeline will pair a dish with its blended peach and apricot wild ale, and St. James Cheese Company pairs food with its gueuze sour beer as well as Transmission, a citrus saison from Creature Comforts.

  Other restaurant and beer pairings include Compere Lapin with Belgium's Cantillon Brewery's apricot lambic, Fou' Foune. La Thai Uptown works with De Ranke XX Bitter. Patois pairs a dish with Drie Fonteinen Zwet.be, and Coquette with Kerkom Bink Blond.

  NOLA Brewing Company and Shreveport's Great Raft Brewing are contributing sour or Belgian- style beers. NOLA Brewing's Desire, a raspberry sour ale aged in white wine barrels, will be served with a dish from Peche. Grand Isle serves a dish with Great Raft's second iteration of You, Me and Everyone We Know, a golden sour ale aged with Ruston peaches.

  Tickets are available at www.nuitbelge.com/new-orleans. The event starts at 7 p.m. and costs $99. A VIP session starts at 5:30 p.m. and includes special beer and food pairings for $149.

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