Five Can’t Miss Beer Events for LA Craft Beer Week
Show Me a Better Beer Scene than This Weekend in NOLA
by Matt Marsiglia, NBB Founder
September 24, 2018
Louisiana Craft Beer Week always brings the heat when it comes to beer events, but 2018 has really outdone itself. There are some unbelievable brews being released this week.
After compiling the list of information, seeing the full beer lists, the music lineup, and the food being served, it really is amazing just how far the Big Easy Beer Scene has come in such a short amount of time. A huge round of applause to all our local breweries all putting out their own unique spin to our beer culture.
On Saturday, September 29th, our tour will be headed to Urban South, NOLA & Port Orleans where up to 5 of these beers can be poured for yourself. Book Online below:Saturday Uptown Brewery Tour
Here’s the full list of awesome events:
1. Second Line Brewing Turns 3!
Mid-City’s only neighborhood brewery celebrates their three-anniversary in style for two days of beer, food, music & fun. Here’s what the lineup looks like from Second Line’s Facebook event.
Friday, September 28th:
– Sweet Reverence Imperial Stout Bottle Release
– New Beer Releases – TBA
– Short Vacation & Boat Drinks Will Be Back!
– Live music from Egg Yolk Jubilee
– Fete Au Fete Food Truck
Saturday, September 29th:
– Alryte, Alryte, Alryte Imperial Rye IPA 2018 Bottle Release!
– Charity Cornhole Tournament Benefitting unCommon Construction!
– New Beer Releases – TBA
– Live music from The Second Hand Street Band
We are excited about the Sweet Reverence Imperial Stout. Clocking in at 9.8% ABV, this is undoubtedly one of the best stouts brewed in the Big Easy. Be sure to bring the kids & dogs for this family-friendly event.
2. Port Orleans Brunch & Brews
If you haven’t tried the food from The Stokehold conveniently located in Port Orleans Brewing, then you are missing out. Don’t fret, this weekend’s Brunch & Brews is your opportunity to taste this fine lineup:
- Chicken & Waffles
- Shrimp & Grits
- Biscuits & Gravy
- French Truck Mocha French Toast
Alongside food will be their newest Fall Seasonal, Coffee Break, and some beer-mosas!
From the Port Orleans Facebook event, “This delicious coffee stout is a collaboration with our friends down the road, French Truck Coffee. If you love coffee, you probably love French TrucK which ultimately means you love Coffee Break.
Brunch Drink Lineup:
Coffee Break Coffee Stout
Beer-mosas (Citra-7 Pale Ale & Orange Juice)
Peach Beer-mosas (Peach Me, I’m Dreaming & Orange Juice)
Also, while there, try out the new Marigny Opera House Stout on Nitro. It’s creamy, smooth and rich in flavor–everything you want from a Nitro Brew.
3. NOLA Brewing’s Newest Small Batch IPA release
We talked about the awesome IPAs NOLA has been releasing in 2018 in our of our earlier blogs:
But, the good folks over at NOLA pulled out all the stops for the least IIPA release, Runaway Gem.
The newest IPA focuses on a fairly new hop called “Idaho GEM” which is tropical, featuring an aroma of pineapple, cherry, candied fruit. NOLA is one of the first breweries in the area to use this hop, so we are excited to try it.
This hop comes from the same growers of the Idaho 7 hop which was a primary hop in NOLA’s Spud Heavy IIPA release earlier this year.
In addition to the newest double, Runaway Gem, they are re-releasing several variant small batch IPAs as well:
- Bad Decision Lemur – NEIPA with Cashmere, Aramis and Mistral hops
- Lemur on Vacation – Bad Decision Lemur infused with pineapple and coconut
- Pineapple Rightside Up Cake – Hoppyright IIPA with pineapple, vanilla, and lactose
The full taplist can be seen on their Facebook event: Pour Decisions 2018
It wouldn’t be a true NOLA small batch IPA party without some incredible music. Also pulled from the Facebook event:
“We are closing out Louisiana Craft Beer Week with one of our most popular events FOR FREE!
FEATURING the Iko Allstars and Phoush -A tribute to Phish, with special guests, Michael Fouquier, Blake Quick, Drew Meez on the Keys, and Devin Kerrigan!”
Lastly, since NOLA is known to make some of the finest sours in America, it would be remiss not to untap a few of those aging kegs from the Funk Series room. Here are the 7 sours on tap:
Curved Space Thyme – Sour Ale aged in oak barrels with galaxy hops and Thyme
Caddywhompus – Collab with Bruery Terreaux – Barrel aged sour stout
Twins Basil Twins – Sour Ale aged in oak barrels with citrus and basil
Everything is Divided – Collab with Hi Wire – Satsuma blended Sour
Pineapple Tart of Steel – Berlinerweiss bewed with pineapple
Piety – Sour Ale aged in oak barrels with tart cherries
Picture of Nectar – Sour Ale aged in oak barrels with nectarines
4. Fall Fest at Urban South Brewing
Another huge event this weekend is Urban South’s Fall Fest. Similar to NOLA, expect a ton of new releases including a special 3-bottle Barrel-Aged. For $54 after taxes & fees, you’ll receive, The Dean: BA Quad, Viva Tequila: Tequila Aged Gose, and Orleanian: Chardonnay Aged Sour with Bret.
Purchase tickets online here: Urban South Fall Fest Pre-Sale Bottles
I can’t wait to try that Tequila Aged Gose as Urban South has become the Gose kings of the South this summer.
Live music starts at 11:30 am with Bogue Chitto and continues with Hallelujah Hat Rack from 3:00 pm to 7 pm. Food trucks will be there all day. In addition, there will be a bounce house to keep the kiddos entertained.
Of course, it wouldn’t be an Urban South event without a great new IPA release. This time, it’s Tropical Reflections IPA–hopped with Denali, Azacca, and El Dorado and finished with Mango Puree and a touch of apricot and peach.
Urban South is also releasing three Berliner Weisse beers which will surely be a hit if tastes as good as their other sour based beers.
5. Avenue Pub’s Zwanze Day
Avenue Pub is at it again with another year of Zwanze Day. Our beer scene has come a long way as just a few years ago, this used to be the only beer event in the city on this weekend.
From Avenue Pub’s Facebook page:
It’s happening again! We’ve been selected as one of the craft beer bars in the world to pour Cantillon’s very special lambic, brewed specifically for one day of the year and tapped at the same time around the globe. We are particularly excited for this year’s batch and cannot wait to share it with you.
Saturday, Sept. 29th – Zwanze Day
- Cantillon Vignerrone – Lambic with Muscat grapes
- Blackberry Farm Boundary Tree – Saison with Hallertau Blanc and Citra
- BFM Abbaye De St. Bon Chien 2013 – Oak Aged Sour Ale
- De Ranke Kriek – Blend of unhopped De Ranke ale and Girardin Lambic aged on Polish cherries
- 8 Wired Wild Feijoa – Wild Ale with Feijoa
- Brekeriet Sour White – Sour Wheat Beer
- Tilquin Pinot Noir – Lambic with Pinot Noir grapes
- De La Senne/Jester King Jester Zinne – Wild Ale
- Two Meter Tall Sour Cherry Ale – Wild BA Cherry Ale from Australia
- 10 am – Cantillon Gueuze
- 11am – Cantillon La Bruocsella
- Noon – Cantillon Rose de Gambrinus
- 1pm – Cantillon Kriek
- 2pm – Cantillon Zwanze 2018
- After Zwanze Kicks but not before 5pm – Cantillon Nath
That’s it for 2018 Louisiana American Craft Beer Week. Between these 5 events, be sure to stay hydrated and find a designated driver!
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