NOLA Brewing, Urban South, & Brieux Carre celebrate phenomenal years
by Matt Marsiglia
February 26, 2018
NOLA Brewing turns 9!
NOLA Brewing is a staple in the New Orleans craft beer industry. The pioneer that started it all in 2008 and held control of the craft industry until Courtyard opened their doors in 2014.
Kirk Coco, founder of NOLA Brewing could not have said it better when he explained his initial vision for beer born in New Orleans: “Why doesn’t NOLA, a city full of brewing history, have several great local microbreweries like Portland or Seattle?”
With age comes maturity and that’s what you get with NOLA. The Brewery has certainly involved into a must-see attraction for any beer enthusiast visiting New Orleans. Let’s take a review of some of the upgrades in the last decade:
- A double-decker multi-million dollar taproom expansion
- An incredible new IPA (00 series) to replace the old IPA Mecha
- McClure’s BBQ, a popular brick & mortar shut their doors to join forces inside NOLA’s taproom
- The Funk Series alone has released more than 100 different sour beers (transcript from an interview we will be sharing next week)
- Collab’s with Stone, Oskar Blues, New Belgium, Bruery Terreux, Modern Times, and more
There’s a lot to celebrate, so let’s what it’s in store.
Saturday, March 3 from 5 to 10 pm
This event requires tickets, and we’d recommend jumping on this event before it sells out. For starters, let’s take a look at the music lineup.
8 pm: Robert Randolph and the Family Band (click to listen on Spotify)
6 pm: Jonathon “Boogie” Long
Robert Randolph embodies the NOLA Brewing brand of music with his passionate instrumental work which has found him an audience with blues, rock, and jam band followers alike.
In addition to the music, NOLA is set to debut three specialty brews for the event: “Bienville Tricentenni-Ale,” a barrel-aged sour in tribute to the city’s 300th birthday that was aged for 3 years; “Pineapple Upside Down Cake” imperial hazy IPA; and the latest in the NOLA Funk Series, “Sauvage” Brett Pale Ale.. These beers can also be pre-purchased via the ticket link.
I’m most excited about that Pineapple Upside Down Cake Double IPA, the first round of many in a new IPA series.
Derek Lintern, Director of the NOLA Funk Series, said from an interview we will be sharing, “now we’re starting a new series where we’re doing a bunch of different hoppy sixteen-ounce cans, this is the first one here, it’s called Pineapple Upside-Down Cake.
We did an Imperial IPA, we added pineapple juice, lactose, and vanilla, and we let that age for a few weeks on that vanilla to get some really nice characteristics.
But it’s really juicy, sweet, fruity, tropical, those lactose IPAs that are kind of popular, some people call them shakes. We could’ve gone with Pineapple Upside-Down Shake.”
We will see you there on March 3.
Urban South turns 2!
We talked about Urban South’s meteoric rise in popularity from our 2017 Beer End Review Blog.
Although Urban South is young by definition, you would never know it based on the quality of beers being released. Urban South is now producing more than 10,000 barrels a year. For comparison, the popular Parish Brewing produced roughly 15,000 barrels in 2017.
On any given day, you may see kids playing in a spacewalk on a Saturday afternoon, bachelor parties aggressively playing cornhole, or Galaga arcade quietly playing in the background.
There’s also basketball, pool, public brewery tours, a creative gift shop, local sports on the big screens, crawfish boils every Thursday (springtime while in season) and multiple picnic tables. Don’t forget to bring man’s best friend too as Urban South is dog-friendly: 19 Dog-Friendly Bars & Breweries in New Orleans
Saturday, March 31 from 11 to 9 pm
Expect huge crowds throughout the day from 11am until the party stops at 9.
Food: Crawfish from Gulf Coast Crawfish and Afrodisiac Food Truck
Live Music: Reed Lightfoot
In celebration of Urban South’s 2nd Anniversary, they will have over 20 beers on tap including all four Architecture Series beers, new Pilot Series beers, and three collaboration beers. All beers will be available in pints and cans to go. Here are the specifics:
- Modillion DDH IPA
- Finial DIPA
- Quatrefoil Sour IPA with Hibiscus (Brewed with the Pink Boots Society Hop)
- Frieze Milkshake IPA collaboration with Whole Foods Market Brewing Co. Houston, TX
- Strawberry Mango Milkshake IPA collaboration with Whole Foods Market Brewing Co. Houston, TX
- Lime Cucumber Gose
- Strawberry Watermelon Mint Gose
- Blueberry Lemon Gose
- Tranquil Dawn Triple IPA brewed in collaboration with Aslin Beer Co. Herndon, VA
- Russian Ties Imperial Stout
- White IPA
- White Oak IPA
- DDH Holy Roller (Simcoe)
- Cabana Boy (Coconut IPA)
- Blackberry Tart
- Market Street Saison (7% Saison)
- Grapefruit Holy Roller
- Plus Year-round/Seasonal Beers: Holy Roller, Charming Wit, Coop’d Up, Delta Momma, Paradise Park
Brieux Carre turns 1!
Robert Bostick, visionary of Brieux Carré Brewing Company, breaks the traditional “Destination Breweries” mold, establishing a Microbrewery within the high foot-traffic Marigny neighborhood.
Robert, at 26 years old, is the youngest Brewery entrepreneur in the city. “I’ve always had a passion for entrepreneurship,” Bostick says, and in early 2013, with 3+ years of brewing experience under his belt, he developed this microbrewery vision during an impromptu bottle share at his Uptown home.
Brieux Carre’s first year was a wild ride. Consider being a business on Frenchmen St during Jazz Fest, Halloween, Mardi Gras, etc. Robert’s team had to learn and adapt on the fly while handling waves of huge crowds.
They have come a long way in just one year though. They have expanded the outdoor beer garden twice, added a crowler machine to grab your brews To-Go, and brewed more than 65 beers in a year! That’s some serious consistency.
We also launched a successful French Quarter Walking Tour where our guests can experience the history and celebration of New Orleans and end with a Brew Tour and 2 pours of their choice.
Saturday, March 31 from 11 am to midnight
From Brieux Carre’s Facebook, “WE ARE TURNING 1 YEAR OLD!
Our real 1-year is on April 1st, but since that is Easter, we figured we would make it easier for everyone…But really….This has been one hell of a year for us, and we couldn’t be more excited to share in celebration with everyone that has supported us and this incredible dream over the last year. We couldn’t be more proud of the team that we put together that keeps this place moving full steam ahead!
We have a crazy beer list ready to go for this special occasion. As we get closer, we’ll release the beer list alongside food available, glassware, 1-year stuff, etc…
Be sure to follow Brieux Carre on Facebook, but we have heard from a little birdie that they will have 23 beers on tap for the event!
That wraps up this month’s anniversary parties. Until the next beer shindig, stay thirsty my friends.
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