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click to enlarge NOLA Brewing president Kirk Coco and tap room manager Nikki Turrey celebrate the brewery's sixth anniversary.

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NOLA Brewing president Kirk Coco and tap room manager Nikki Turrey celebrate the brewery's sixth anniversary.

After an early Mardi Gras, here are some sudsy events to keep beer lovers busy until St. Pat's.

  • Tickets are still available for the Belgian-style beer and food pairing event Nuit Belge on Feb. 26 at Generations Hall. Attendees can sample Drie Fonteinen, Cantillon, Jester King and other brews served in a Spiegelau craft beer glass.

  • Peche Mortel means "mortal sin," and Montreal's Dieu du Ciel! brewery celebrates sinfulness with the release of its imperial coffee stout, Peche Mortel, and five variations. The Avenue Pub (1732 St Charles Ave., 504-586-9243; www.theavenuepub.com) is one of 24 bars in the world that will offer the special beers on tap, beginning at 2 p.m. Feb. 27.

  • NOLA Brewing (3001 Tchoupitoulas St., 504-896-9996; www.nolabrewing.com) holds its birthday party "Seven Years of Beers" at 5 p.m. March 4. The event features barbecue and beer for sale. Music starts at 6:30 p.m. with Naughty Professor and Chali 2na from Jurassic 5, followed by The Motet with Leo Nocentelli at 9 p.m. Tickets are $17-$22.

  • NOLA Brewing is sponsoring Drafts for Crafts at the National WWII Museum (945 Magazine St., 504-528-1944; www.nationalww2museum.org) at 7 p.m. March 11. There is unlimited local beer at the event supporting the museum's restoration of a Higgins Industries-built PT-305 boat. Tickets are $65.

  • The Abita-sponsored New Orleans International Beer Festival (www.neworleansinternationalbeerfestival.com) is 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. March 19 in Champions Square. The event features more than 150 beers. Tickets start at $20 in advance.

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