Louisiana Craft Brewers Week comes to a close

28 Sep

A hectic week has finally come to a close. Louisiana Craft Brewers Week was quite a success from my vantage point. I was fortunate enough to attend several events, chat with many of the brewery owners andemployees, and most importantly, drink plenty of Louisiana brewed beer.

I was able to drink beers from 10 of the 11 production breweries in Louisiana (sorry Red River) and many of them were one offs.

Naturally some were better than others, but I love trying those specialty beers that allow the brewers dome wonderful creativity. 3 of the beers really stood out for me, though I only got to sample a fraction of what was available.

The Gnarly Barley/Chafunkta collaboration, Black Tooth Grin, was a black IPA that I got to drink a few times this week. It struck a wonderful balance between happy and roasty, and hopefully it will get into the regular rotation for one of them.

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Parish Brewing brought a cask of coffee and vanilla export stout to Avenue Pub on Wednesday, and it was amazing. There’s no secret that I love what both coffee and vanilla bring to a beer, and this one implemented both perfectly. It was silky and creamy, with the right amount of carbonation. Andrew, feel free to make this one again!

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Finally, Shreveport’s Great Raft released their India pale lager, At Arm’s Length, this week, and I was lucky to get a few bottles as well as trying it on draft at New Orleans On Tap Saturday. It’s a happy brew with a clean lager finish. Great Raft has cemented itself as one of the top breweries in the state, and they keep cranking out great beers.

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There were some other really good beers, and I’m already looking forward to seeing how many more breweries are involved in the 2015 Louisiana Craft Brewers Week. But in the meantime, I need a break. Cheers!

Tin Roof tours return Friday, preview of tap room

24 Sep

Regular Friday tours at Tin Roof Brewing have been on hold for several months while construction has been underway at the brewery. First was the installation of new floor drains, followed by a new brewhouse, and then the build out of a new taproom. Things are finally wrapping up, and the tasting room is almost ready to open for business. While a grand opening is still a week or so away, you can get a preview of it this Friday as tours will resume at 5:00. On tap will be the 4 mainstays (Perfect Tin, Voodoo Bengal, Blonde, and Juke Joint), the new seasonal Turnrow, as well as a few other surprises. The Taco de Paco food truck will be on hand as well.

Come check out the new digs as Louisiana Craft Brewers Week is winding down.

Tin Roof Taproom bar Tin Roof Taproom

Founders Big Lushious Chocolate Raspberry Stout coming in December

24 Sep

Got this from the Founders Brewing crew. A chocolate raspberry stout sounds delicious!

FOUNDERS BREWING CO. TO INTRODUCE CHOCOLATE RASPBERRY STOUT FOR HOLIDAYS

Big Lushious Marks the Eleventh Release in Founders’ 

Popular Backstage Series

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich., September 22, 2014 – Founders Brewing Co. will introduce Big Lushious, a chocolate raspberry stout, this December to mark the eleventh installment in the brewery’s popular Backstage Series. Like all of Founders’ Backstage Series beers, Big Lushious will be sold in 750mL bottles, with a suggested retail price of $16.99 per bottle.

Big Lushious is a deep, rich stout that’s packed with flavor: roasted malts, all-natural dark chocolate, a subtle suggestion of burnt coffee grounds and a kiss of tart raspberries. At 7.8% ABV, it’s big, sumptuous and extravagant, but also balanced.

“We thought Big Lushious would make a great release for the holidays,” said Co-Founder and Vice President of Brand & Education Dave Engbers. “It’s a luxurious beer for us. It’s meant for bringing to parties and is perfect for sharing with friends and family after a feast.”

Founders’ Backstage Series is made up of boundary-pushing, experimental beers. The intent of the series is to take the diehard Founders fan experience to a wider audience—though all of the beers are still released in limited batches. Since its introduction in the summer of 2011, Founders’ Backstage Series beers have quickly become some of the most sought-after releases in the industry.

Big Lushious will be released in limited quantities across Founders’ distribution footprint beginning on Monday, December 1, and will be available at the brewery’s taproom that same week. This will be the last Backstage Series release from Founders in 2014—look for more in 2015.

Founders Big Lushious Stout

Great Raft expanding to south Louisiana in November

22 Sep

Just got this bit of news across the wire. Great Raft Brewing is expanding to New Orleans beginning in November. I’m not gonna lie that I’m bummed that it won’t be available in Baton Rouge (unless I hijack the truck when it’s passing through town). But it’s good that they are expanding south. Either way, a drive to New Orleans is shorter than a drive to Shreveport for me. Hopefully things go well enough that it will be here in early 2015.

Great Raft Brewing
Great Raft Brewing Expands Distribution to New Orleans
- Select drafts, seasonals available in November
- Crescent Crown Distributing selected as distributor

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Lindsay Nations, Press Contact
info@greatraftbrewing.com
318-734-8101

September 22, 2014, SHREVEPORT, La. — Nearing a year in operation and with expectation-breaking sales, Great Raft Brewing, Shreveport’s first craft brewery and tasting room, will introduce its products to New Orleans starting in November. The distribution partnership with Crescent Crown Distributing means New Orleans’ craft beer enthusiasts can soon enjoy Great Raft’s flagship beers.

“We are excited to introduce our beers to new consumers in the southern part of our great state – we produced more than 2,000 barrels of beer in our first 11 months, and think New Orleans will enjoy our beer just as much as Shreveport has,” said co-founder and president Andrew Nations.  ”We are proud to make beer in Louisiana, for Louisiana, and we are eager to finally share our beers with South Louisiana.”

Reasonably Corrupt™ black lager, Southern Drawl™ pale lager and Commotion™ pale ale, Great Raft’s original, flagship beers, will be available on tap throughout the New Orleans market in early November. Seasonal and small-batch offerings will be selectively available as well.

As a sneak peek, Great Raft Brewing will be pouring its beer at New Orleans on Tap onSat., Sept. 27.

Nations said that though the distribution plan does not initially include Baton Rouge or Northshore, Great Raft Brewing hopes to expand into those markets later in 2015.

Founded by Shreveport natives Andrew and Lindsay Nations, Great Raft Brewing began operations in October 2013. For more information about Great Raft Brewing’s beers, expansion plans and more, please visit www.greatraftbrewing.com.

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About Great Raft Brewing: Great Raft Brewing is a Shreveport, Louisiana based craft brewery dedicated to making creative, authentic beer and helping to build a great beer culture within communities it serves. Co-founders Andrew and Lindsay Nations are Shreveport natives with a passion for beer. Born from their desire to bring exciting, flavorful, fresh craft beer to their hometown, Great Raft Brewing is bringing the craft brewing tradition to Northern Louisiana.

Information about Great Raft Brewing can be found at www.greatraftbrewing.com. Learn more on Twitter https://twitter.com/GreatRaftBeer and Facebook www.facebook.com/greatraftbrewing.

Louisiana Craft Brewers Week

18 Sep

September 22nd-28th marks the second Louisiana Craft Brewers Week, and there is a busy schedule of events all around the state.

Check out what’s going on all around the state below. Special thanks to Nora of NOLA Beer Blog for putting together such a comprehensive list of New Orleans and Northshore events. I added other events from around the state that I know of right now. There are sure to be more, so stay tuned.

Louisiana Craft Brewer Week events

Monday September 22nd
2 p.m. The Bulldog Mid City (5135 Canal Blvd., (504) 488-4180; bulldog-midcity.draftfreak.com) offers $1 off all Louisiana beers all day.5 p.m. Chafunkta and Gnarly Barley collaboration release at the Chimes East (10870 Coursey Blvd., Baton Rouge, 225-296-4981; www.thechimes.com/the-chimes-east)

5 p.m. NOLA pint night at Rotolo’s in Shreveport.

5 p.m. Abita tasting at The Green Room in Lafayette.

5 p.m. Abita Beer & Burgers at Twisted Root Burger Co in Shreveport.

7 p.m. The Barley Oak (2101 Lakeshore Drive, Mandeville, 985-727-7420; www.thebarleyoak.com) features beers from Arabi’s 40 Arpent Brewing Company.

8 p.m. Chafunkta and Gnarly Barley collaboration release at the Pelican House (2572 Citiplace Ct., Baton Rouge, 225-456-5200; www.thepelicanbar.com).

Tuesday September 23rd

5 p.m. The Avenue Pub (1732 St. Charles Ave., 504-586-9243; www.theavenuepub.com) hosts Tin Roof Brewing, which presents a series of single-hop beers and an experimental beer, Pucker Up Cherry Sour.5 p.m. NOLA Brewing pint night at the Chimes Baton Rouge (3357 Highland Road, Baton Rouge, 225-383-1754;www.thechimes.com).

5 p.m. Abita tasting at OB’s Bar & Grill in Lake Charles.

5 p.m. Bayou Teche release party for Teche Hombres and Mango Albino at The Greenroom in Lafayette.

5 p.m. Great Raft – Husk, Hull and Rind: A beer, wine and cheese pairing at Great Raft Brewing in Shreveport.

5:30 p.m. Chafunkta and Gnarly Barley collaboration release at Capdeville (520 Capdeville St., 504-371-5161;www.capdevillenola.com).

6 p.m. Nola pint night at Daq’s in Shreveport.

6 p.m. Tin Roof Pucker Up cherry sour amber as well as Blonde dry hopped with Nelson Sauvin, Galaxy, Amarillo and Simcoe hops at Pelican House in Baton Rouge.

7 p.m. The Barley Oak features beers from Abita Brewing Company.

8 p.m. Chafunkta and Gnarly Barley collaboration release at the Bulldog Mid City.

Wednesday September 24th
5 p.m. Abita cask Pumpkin & Peach SOS at the Bulldog Mid City.5 p.m. Parish Brewing visits The Avenue Pub and taps Export Stout and a cask of Coffee Vanilla Export Stout, and there will be bottle pours of Grand Reserve Barleywine and Farmhouse IPA. Parish founder Andrew Godley will arrive at the Pub by 7 p.m.

5 p.m. Great Raft – Husk, Hull and Rind: a beer, wine and cheese pairing at Nonna in Monroe.

6 p.m. Louisiana Craft Beer Brewers Bash hosted by Jay Ducote at the Irish House (1432 St. Charles Ave., 504-595-6755; www.theirishhouseneworleans.com). The brewery owners, brewmasters and representatives of the nine Louisiana breweries available in New Orleans attend the event, which features two beers from each brewery and food. Tickets and more information are available at www.biteandbooze.com.

6 p.m. Great Raft – At Arm’s Length India pale lager draft launch party at Twiste Root in Shreveport.

6 p.m. Abita pint night at Live Oaks Bar & Ballroom in Monroe.

7 p.m. The Barley Oak features a NOLA Brewing cask of barrel-aged Hurrican Saison made with dry-hopped Galaxy hops.

Thursday September 25th
4 p.m. Great Raft – At Arm’s Length India pale lager bottle release at Great Raft Brewing in Shreveport.
5 p.m. NOLA Brewing night at The Avenue Pub features two new sour releases: Piety (American sour ale with tart cherry; 100 percent fermented with lactobacillus and brettanomyces) and Lowerline (American sour ale, fermented with lactobacillus and brettanomyces). Also available on tap are barrel-aged Hurricane Saison dry hopped with Galaxy hops, Four Roses bourbon barrel-aged Irish Channel Stout, and double dry-hopped ALS IPA, which is a farmhouse-style IPA made with proprietary hop blend and saison yeast. A portion of the proceeds benefits ALS research.

5 p.m. Bayou Teche tasting at Bin-Q Liquors and Beausoleil restaurant in Baton Rouge.

6 p.m. Abita celebrates Louisiana Craft Brewer Week at Deuce McAllister’s Ole Saint Kitchen and Tap (132 Royal St., 504-309-4797; www.olesaint.com) with two-for-one on all Abita beers including its new Octoberfest, the new seasonal Pecan Harvest and the new Select series Legendary Gator, a triple helles bock.

6 p.m.: Abita cask Pumpkin & Peach SOS at the Londoner Grill (4215 S. Sherwood Forest Blvd., Baton Rouge, 225-292-9291; www.thelondonerbatonrouge.com).

6 p.m. Tin Roof Amber Mounds of Joy with cocoa nibs and coconut at Chimes East in Baton Rouge.

6 p.m. Brewsiana – a bayou beer tasting in Monroe.

6 p.m. Abita tasting at Robie’s Food Center in Abbeville.

6 p.m. Abita cask conditioned Pumpkin & Peach S.O.S. at Social Table & Bar in Lafayette.

7 p.m. Chafunkta and Gnarly Barley collaboration release at the Barley Oak.

7 p.m. There’s a tapping of ALS IPA at the Chimes Covington (19130 Rogers Lane, Covington, 985-892-5396;www.thechimes.com/the-chimes-covington).

7 p.m. Abita Pumpkin & Peach SOS cask at the Swamp Room (5216 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 504-888-5242).

Friday September 26th

2 p.m. Abita Tap Takeover at the Avenue Pub. Draft specialties include: Abita/Birrificio Del Ducato Saison with honey, peppercorns, lemon and French farmhouse yeast; Bourbon Street Biere de Mars; Pappy Van Winkle barrel-aged Biere de Mars, and Pumpkin Peach SOS on cask.3 p.m. Make “Pour Decisions” at the NOLA Brewing Tap Room (3001 Tchoupitoulas St., 504-301-0117;www.nolabrewing.com). NOLA will offer 18 specialty beers brewed specially for this event.

3 p.m. Abita Pumpkin & Peach SOS cask at the Bourbon House (144 Bourbon St., 504-522-0111;www.bourbonhouse.com).

4 p.m. Abita Pumpkin & Peach SOS cask at The Chimes Baton Rouge.

5 p.m. Hammond Brews Arts Fest (Hammond Regional Arts Center, 217 E. Thomas St., Hammond, 985-542-7113 ; www.hammondarts.org/brews-arts-festival) featuring Tin Roof Brewing, Gnarly Barley Brewing, Chafunkta Brewing, Covington Brewhouse, Bayou Teche Biere, Lazy Magnolia Brewing, Saint Arnold Brewing, Rogue Brewing, New Belgium Brewing, SweetWater Brewing and Southern Prohibition Brewing.

5 p.m. Jeremy Labadie hosts Chafunkta Brewing at Squeal BBQ (8400 Oak St., 504-302-7370; www.squeal-nola.com) with Chafunkta beers on draft and pulled pork sandwiches with barbecue sauce made with Chafunkta’s Old 504 coffee porter.

5 p.m. The Bulldog Mid City presents Covington Brewery’s seasonal Fest Bier.

6 p.m. Abita Pumpkin & Peach SOS cask at Lager’s International Ale House (3501 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 504-887-9923; www.lagersmetairie.draftfreak.com).

6 p.m. Bayou Teche beer tasting at Hokus Pokus in Prairieville.

7 p.m. NOLA Brewing visits the Bulldog Mid City with Smoky Mary and Irish Channel Stout.

7 p.m. The Barley Oak features beers from Parish Brewing from Broussard.

7 p.m. Abita Pumpkin & Peach SOS cask at J&J’s Sports Lounge (800 France St., 504-942-8877;www.jjssportslounge.com).

8 p.m. Bayou Teche tap takeover at Spanish Moon in Baton Rouge.

Saturday September 27th

11 a.m. The Barley Oak holds its annual Louisiana Craft Beer Appreciation Day.11:30 a.m. The Bulldog Mid City offers pitchers of all Louisiana-brewed beers for $2.

1 p.m. The fifth annual New Orleans On Tap charity benefit for LA/SPCA is at the City Park Festival Grounds. New Orleans on Tap is a free family- and pet-friendly beer festival that features live music, more than 200 local and national beers, food, a homebrew competition, games and giveaways. Visit www.neworleansontap.org for tickets and information.

2 p.m. 40 Arpent visits The Avenue Pub. There is keg tapping of Red Beans & Rice ale with chipotle at 2 p.m., and a keg of Bananas Foster Milk Stout at 5 p.m

2 p.m. Bayou Teche party at the brewery in Arnaudville. Music from Coup de Main, and experimental release of LA31 Spur at the taproom.

2 p.m. Great Raft – HomeBrewhaha homebrew competition wort pickup. More info at http://www.greatraftbrewing.com/news/great-raft-brewing-homebrew-challenge

Sunday September 28th

10. a.m. Great Raft beers and brunch at Marilynn’s Place in Shreveport.
1 p.m. Dorignac’s (710 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 504-834-8216; www.dorignacs.com) hosts Meet the Brewer with Chafunkta Brewing, which will provide beer samples.3 p.m. Bayou Teche Barrel Beer at The Avenue Pub highlights the brewery’s new barrel series beer, Teche Hombres Belgian-style Cerveza, an agave nectar wheat aged in French white oak sauvignon blanc barrels with Spanish orange peel and aji limon peppers. There’s a new vintage of Miel Sauvage (Acadian honey beer aged in Jack Daniels barrels), which will be served alongside last year’s batch. There also are Coteau Rodaire, the brewery’s French farmhouse ale aged in sauvignon blanc barrels and finished with orange peel, and Biere Joi, a Belgian dubbel style aged in whisky barrels with coffee, cacao nibs, and chili arbol. Bayou Teche also will serve Cajun charcuterie and jambalaya.

There’s lots going on all over the state. Make sure you get out to an event or two to support the work our home state breweries are doing to broaden the craft beer scene right here in Louisiana.

Louisiana Brewers Bash

Great Raft Brewing At Arm’s Length India pale lager and 1st anniversary party details

17 Sep

Great Raft Brewing is at it again. They’ve released a couple of seasonals in bombers (All My Tomorrows was a hoppy saison and Grace & Grit was a double IPA), and now comes another one. At Arm’s Length will be an India pale lager and will be available in 22 ounce bottles beginning September 25th at the brewery. At Arm’s Length will weigh in at 6% ABV and features “an absurd amount of American hops.” I know that Citra, Mosaic and Amarillo were used to dry hop with. Consider me sold!

Great Raft continues to impress with their artwork, and this one is no exception. Check out the label below.

Great Raft At Arm's Length India pale lager

Great Raft At Arm’s Length India pale lager

Also, Great Raft will be celebrating their first anniversary with a party on Friday, October 17th. Details are below, and you can get tickets here.

Check out the sweet teku glass with VIP tix:

Great Raft First Anniversary teku glass

Great Raft First Anniversary teku glass

Wow, our first year has been awesome. To thank you all for the amazing support we’ve received, we’re going to throw a rockin’ anniversary party.

We’re pouring 9+ beers at the Great Raft Brewing Tasting Room, including a crazy line-up of fun, new beers (and a few ‘old’ favorites).

VIP Tickets ($30) get you:
– Early admission from 3-4
– A sweet souvenir Teku glass
– Five 5oz. sample pours

General Admission Tickets ($15) get you:
– Admission from 4 pm on
– Five 5oz. sample pours

ANTICIPATED DRAFT LIST:

1. Southern Drawl
2. Reasonably Corrupt
3. Commotion
4. Born in a Barn II
5. Oak-aged Born in a Barn II
6. Double Dry-Hopped Commotion
7. At Arm’s Length India Pale Lager
8. All My Tomorrows
9. Depeche Mode

And a few more beers we’re working on right now!

Food vendors: Missing Link, Ki’Mexico, and more!
Music: Bristol Hills, The Devil Anse, Hwy Lions

Great Raft Brewing to launch Reasonably Corrupt in cans

11 Sep

Got this release from Great Raft Brewing yesterday. I continue to be impressed with what they are doing. Their beer is excellent, and they have some of the best artwork designs around. These cans are no exception. Check it out below.

Great Raft Brewing
Great Raft Brewing to Launch Reasonably Corrupt in Cans
- Black lager is third year-around offering in a can
- Six packs for sale at craft retailers in November

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Lindsay Nations, Press Contact
info@greatraftbrewing.com
703-606-0518 (mobile)

September 10, 2014, SHREVEPORT, La. — Reasonably Corrupt, Great Raft Brewing’s black lager currently available only on tap, will become the brewery’s latest canned beer, hitting shelves in November. The Shreveport-based craft brewery released the can design for Reasonably Corrupt making it the third canned beer available year-round.

Like its other canned beers, Great Raft Brewing commissioned Status Serigraph of Knoxville, Tenn. to illustrate the Reasonably Corrupt label with typography by DeRouen & Co. of Austin, Tex. The brewery wanted to continue with the fully illustrated can and incorporate the playfulness of the name “Reasonably Corrupt,” a tongue-in-cheek jab at Louisiana politics.

“We never anticipated canning Reasonably Corrupt as a year-round offering, but our fan base has been loud and clear,” said Andrew Nations, co-founder and president of Great Raft Brewing. “The black lager style is a sleeper hit of a beer – I’ve always loved presenting this beer as an example of complexity of flavor versus the intensity of flavor. And now, Great Raft fans will be able to enjoy Reasonably Corrupt in a can that showcases not only that complex flavor, but also locally inspired artwork.”

Starting in November, six-packs of Reasonably Corrupt cans will be available at participating retailers, as well as at the brewery. It will also remain on tap in the brewery’s tasting room.

The brewery will mark the release of Reasonably Corrupt cans with a launch party, which will be announced in the coming weeks. More information about Reasonably Corrupt, the can launch party and other Great Raft Brewing beers can be found at www.greatraftbrewing.com.

Great Raft RC

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