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American Craft Beer Week in New Orleans

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Local New Orleans Events

By Matt Marsiglia
May 15, 2017

It’s officially American Craft Beer Week in New Orleans, and we have got your full guide to all the events happening in the city.  What is American Craft Beer Week? 

“From May 15 – 21, all 50 states will be holding events including exclusive brewery tours, special beer releases, beer and food pairings, tap takeovers and more to celebrate everything you love about America’s ever-advancing beer culture.” Learn more about the American Craft Beer Week here.

Without further ado, see what’s happening in New Orleans all week!

Monday, May 15

Abita Mine Julep Pale Ale & Ice Cream Pairing

The Bulldog Uptown is taping the latest from Abita Beer, the Mint Julep Pale Ale, and serving it alongside some homemade Mint Julep ice cream! Come try some of this sweet treat and this awesome new beer.

Avenue Pub, NOLA Syncopation IPA Release

NOLA Brewing's Syncopation IPA

NOLA Brewing’s first release in 2 years

NOLA Brewing officially releases Syncopation IPA. This IPA is well worth the hype. NOLA Brewing started a new IPA series and has released 6 batches thus far as a tap only release.

The names of the IPAs have been 001 IPA through 006 IPA. Each recipe has been tweaked slightly and all of them have been off the charts good. The Syncopation is a culmination of NOLA Brewing’s efforts.  From NOLA Brewing’s Founder Kirk Coco:

We have been working on this new recipe for over a year now and we are really excited to release this new IPA into the market. While we are constantly releasing new beers in the tap room and as lagniappes, this is the first beer in a long time that we will have on rotation throughout the year.

The Syncopation is going to be the final product. We can’t wait to try it!

Bayou Teche Beer & Whiskey Pairing

The good folks at Bayou Teche will be at Cooter Brown’s. These guys have been releasing some really nice beers lately including their Giant Hop for Mankind. They will be showcasing this beer among others and pairing them with whiskey as well.

Brieux Carre IPA Release Day

Brieux Carre Brewing also releases 3 new IPAs on Monday. The Hoppy Trinity, 8X Dry-Hopped Falcon Warrior, and StarGazer for all the NE hopheads (pictured left to right below). Head to the Brewery now before they sell-out!

Three new IPAs at Brieux Carre

Tuesday, May 16th

Oskar Blue’s Giveaway at Cooter Brown’s

Ashley from Oskar Blues will be giving away lots of goodies including Beer Slings, Shirts, Hats, Stickers, and more! All you gotta do is buy a Oskar Blues Beer and you get a raffle ticket. Go ahead, buy ten Oskar Blues Beers and get ten tickets. You need this stuff.

On Tap: Dale’s Pale Ale, Mama’s Lil Yella Pils, Pinner Session IPA, and Gubna Imperial IPA on tap. Come get ’em!

Also, Cooter Brown’s has 1/2 priced Raw Oysters dozens on Tuesday as well! $8 Dozens from 3 pm til close!

Beer & Bacon Pairing at the Bulldog Mid-City

The Bulldog in Mid-City will have three different types of swine (praline bacon, peppered bacon and pancetta) to pair with The Bulldog’s 61 beers on tap.

Freret Beer Room Dinner & Beer Pairing with Bayou Teche Brewing

Freret Beer Room

Freret Beer Room

Freret Beer Room is partnering with Bayou Teche Brewery to create a unique Cajun-inspired beer dinner! The brewers from Bayou Teche will be there to enjoy and talk about their beers with all of you. This private event will take place on a Tuesday night when they are normally closed, so get your ticket today to reserve your spot.  The cost is $59.11 per ticket after taxes and fees and includes a 5-course dinner with a beer for each pairing.

Here’s what to expect:

Course 1: Welcome Beer – Ragin Cajun Kolsch paired with a smoked gulf fish dip with cracklins.

Course 2: Biere Pale paired with a liver mousse crostini

Course 3: Saison d’Ecrevisses paired with crawfish orecchieti with field peas and sweet corn.

Course 4: A Giant Hop for Mankind with braised smoked beef brisket and spetzel.

Course 5: Acadie with a perfectly paired, decadent cheese from St. James Cheese Co.

Barrel-Aged & Barley Wine Night at the Avenue Pub

Choose (7) four-ounce pours for $25 + tax at the Avenue Pub. The taplist looks legit.

Founders KBS
Great Raft Old Mad Joy Heaven hill barrel
Great Raft Old Mad Joy Pappy Van winkle barrel w/ coffee & cinnamon
Parish Grand reserve 2014
Parish Grand reserve 2016
Bells Traverse City Porter
Southern Prohibition Bourbon barrel aged imperial stout
Southern Prohibition barrel aged Fireant
NOLA Check yourself before you Breck yourself- imp stout aged in Breckinridge Bourbon barrels

Brew Pup Crawl

Book The Pup Brewery Crawl

Bottle pours:
Barrel aged Old Rasputin XVIII Rye barrel 2015
Evil Twin Biscotti Raspberry Umami 2016
Evil Twin Maple Jesus
Brooklyn Hand and Seal 2014
Brooklyn Quintaceratops 2015
Founders Backwoods Bastard 2016

Wayward Owl’s American Craft Beer Week Kick-Off

Wayward Owl will be releasing multiple small batch beers in celebration! All other tasting room beer standards and current specialties will remain on tap.

The full taplist:

My Funky Family- Brett Brux Barrel Fermented Kristallweizen with Louisiana stawberries.
Croute de Pecan Proto- Prototype Belgian brown ale with coffee & toasted Louisiana pecans on nitro.
Megacops Batch 1- Jefferson bourbon Barrel aged scotch ale

Wednesday, May 17th

Second Line Brewing’s Board Games & Beer

second line wednesday

Second Line & +1 Gaming

+1 Gaming & Second Line Brewing have partnered to put on a board game night at Second Line’s Beer Garden! They will have several demo games to teach and play for free, and games for sale or rent. You’re welcome to bring your favorites to play, too!

Second Line Brewing will have a range of beers on their menu to choose from, including Batture Blonde Ale, India Pale Ale, Route 47 Red IPA, A Saison Named Desire, and their Russian Imperial Stout, plus the Bonafried chicken sandwich food truck.

Come share the love of gaming!

Cooter Brown’s NOLA Brewing Taproom Takeover

NOLA Brewing is back with all their newest beers on tap. Enjoy the following being tapped at Cooter Brown’s on May 17th: Double Dry Hopped Hurricane Saison, Rubix Cubism (a new funky offering), Syncopation IPA, and some Dry Hopped Lowerline for good measure.

Trivia starts at 8 pm, so enjoy some beers and play a game.

Pucker UP

The Bulldog Mid-City hosts a variety of sours.

Klask Tournament Wednesday’s @ Brieux Carre

Starting on Wednesday, May 17th, Brieux Carre Brewing will be holding Klask tournaments at the brewery! They will have several game tables set up in the beer garden! It will be single elimination with the champion receiving a Free pint glass with 4 FREE FILLS of their choice! There are no teams in Klask. It is pure animalistic 1 on 1 battle!

So what is Klask?

Klask is a Danish board game using magnetics to hit a small ball back and forth to score against your opponent. That’s the main gist! Full rules will be  posted in the event.

Sours Night at Avenue Pub

The Avenue Pub once again comes through with a clutch sour lineup for ACBW. For $20 plus tax, choose (6) four ounce drafts from your choice below:

Goose Island Juliet
Goose Island madame rose
Goose Island Lolita
Prairie Apricot Funk
Cascade Kentucky peach
Casacade Noyaux Sang Noir,
Casacade Sang du Chene
Casacade Blueberry
Soutthern Prohibition Dry Hopped Berliner
Great Raft You, Me & Everyone We Know 
NOLA Dry Hopped Lowerline
NOLA Desire
NOLA Arabella

Some phenomenal sours in that lineup.

Thursday, May 18th

Brügger’s Beer Dinner hosted by Brieux Carre Brewing

bruggers beer dinner with brieux carre brewing

The man himself, Damian Brügger, will be serving a 5-course dinner in the beer garden during American Craft Beer Week. Each course will be paired with a Brieux Carré beer.

$60 gets you food, beer, and good times! Tickets available to purchase in the link above.

To let everyone spread out during dinner, this event is limited to 25 tickets!

1 .Brieux Carrè Lemongrass Belgian Wit & Spent Grain Smoked Tomato Medley Salad w/ Gentilly Acres Micro Greens and Lemongrass Vinaigrette

Air / Land / Sea Burger Sliders

2. Brieux Carré ESB & Smoked Confit Duck Patty Sliders w/ Blueberry Compote, Gentility Acres Microgreens & Rosemary Smoked Duckfat Fries

3. Brieux Carré Weizenbock & Smoked Salmon Patty & Lox Sliders on Brioche Bun & Belgian Style Fries and German Style Ketchup

4. Brieux Carré Falcon Warrior & Black Label Sliders –
Fresh Ground Brisket Patty
Falcon Warrior Onion Jam
Double Smoked Candied Bacon
Cheddar Cheese
Pretzel Bun & Smoked Cheddar Cheese Fries

5. Brieux Carré Caribbean Stout Aged with Toasted Coconut & Smoked Sriracha Vanilla Ice Cream Beer Floats

40 Arpents Presents Conservation on Tap

40 arpent

Conservation on Tap

Join 40 Arpent Brewing as they hoist a pint to help the Conservation and Restoration of SouLouisiana’snas Vanishing Coast Line. They will have great food and beer as well as a quest speaker Bren Hasse of Coastal Protection & Restoration Authority. This event is free and open to the public.

NOLA Brewing’s Syncopation Can Release

Purchase all your to-go needs at the source starting at 11AM.

Beignets & Beer at the Bulldog Mid-City

Try out Bulldog’s classic crawfish ettouffe or cinnamon beignets to pair with the 61 beers on tap.

Jester King Night at Avenue Pub

The famous brewery a short drive south of Austin, Texas will be taking over the taplines at Avenue Pub on Thursday, May 18th.

Choose (5) four-ounce pours for $20 plus tax. Full taplist:
Amager/Jester King Danish metal
Black Metal 2015
Biere Miel 2015
Provenance 2015
Figlet 2016
Autmnal Dichotomous 2015
Vernal Dichotomous 2016
Mad Meg 2015

Left Hand Brewing Tap Takeover at Cooter Brown’s

On Tap from Left Hand Brewing:  Polestar Pilsner, Hard Wired Nitro, Wake Up Dead on CO2, and Good Juju.

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Friday, May 19th

Hopheads Unite at the Bulldog Mid-City

Hoppy Friday Night Featuring New Belgium Brewing Juicy Mandarina, Lagunitas Brewing Co Waldo, Bayou Teche Brewing Giant Hop for Mankind and more! The Bulldog will have over 15 hopalicious beers on draft for your drinking pleasure.

Local’s Night at The Avenue Pub

Drink some incredible Louisana beers!

Great Raft / DC Brau Collaboration – Belgian Pale Ale
Gnarley Barley Jucifer IPA- dry hopped with Citra, Cascade & Mosaic
Tin Roof FOMO IPA -New England style & possible the double.
Wayward Owl Galactik Quaker
Wayward Owl Hopsurdity
NOLA Rubics Cubism- mixed culture blend with chardonnay yeast then barrel aged, mixed worts and Dry hopped with mosiac after the dump.
Gnarly Barley Jucifer IPA
Gnarly Barley DDH Radical Rye IPA
Urban South DDH Modillion IPA

Abita’s Mint Julep Ice Cream Social at Cooter Brown’s

A similar event from Monday takes place at Cooter Brown’s on Friday. Chef Preston from Abita is whipping up something–ice cream infused with the flavors of a Mint Julep. Mint? Check! Bourbon? Check. Delicious? Double check!

They will also have Abita’s Bourbon Street Mint Julep Stout on tap.

If you aren’t feeling the Mint Julep, Cooter Brown’s will have several other Abita beers on tap as well.

Saturday, May 20th

Cease to Love Release Party at Second Line Brewing

Cease to Love by Second Line Brewing

Cease to Love is back and better than ever! After 6 months in bourbon barrels, this Imperial Stout was infused with toasted coconut to make this delicious, limited release beer!

Come join Second Line Brewing this Saturday, May 20th, where they will have Cease to Love on tap at the brewery and 22 oz bombers will be available for purchase.

Saigon Slim’s Food Truck will be here all day and Daria & The Hip Drops will be performing at 7:30 with their Carribean-inspired funk music.

Friends & Flows, May Edition @ Urban South Brewery

In this monthly event, Urban South likes to showcase a mix of visual artists, designers, photographers, and other entrepreneurs and creators in a comfortable vending and mingling environment.
Free Sounds By DJ FTK

Cocoa & Cream Food Truck will be on site.

Courtyard Brewery hosts the Honey Ale Release Party

Please join Courtyard Brewery & Let it Bee NOLA for a collaboration, Courtyard Brewery has brewed a Honey Ale utliizing the honey from Let It Bee. The beerr taps at 1 pm. Honey and other bee products will be for sale by Let it Bee Apiary.

Grand Tasting Day at The Avenue Pub

The culimination of American Craft Beer Week at the best craft beer bar in the city, Avenue Pub.

Draft… Choose 10 four ounce pours $22 plus tax

Bells Mango Habanero Oberon
Prairie Paradise
Prairie PeKan
Burial The Prayer Apricot american blonde ale with apricots
Burial The Keeper’s Veil honey saison
Burial Tin Cup Camp stout Burial Tin Cup Camp stout
Burial Hawkbill IPA
More to be announced later..

Bottle Pours: (while supplies last) Choose 5 four ounce pours $22 plus tax

Jester King SPON Peach/Apricot 2016
Jester King Gueuze Blend 1 2016
Blackberry Farm Classic Saison
Blackberry Farm Winter Saison
Blackberry Farm Summer Saison
Blackberry Farm Apricot Saison
Blackberry Farm Plum Basil Saison
Blackberry Farm 1976 Saison
Bruery Hummulus Terreux
Bruery Mischief
Bruery Saison Rue
Bruery Gypsy Tart
Bruery White Oak

That’s it for AMCB 2017! Enjoy your craft beer week, whatever it may be!

Stay thirsty, my friends!

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