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

Louisiana Brewers Bash – September 24th

11 Sep

Louisiana Craft Brewers Week returns this year September 22nd through 28th. In conjunction with that, fellow food and beer blogger Jay Ducote of Bite and Booze is teaming up with all 9 south Louisiana breweries to host a Louisiana Brewers Bash. The event will be held at The Irish House in New Orleans on Wednesday, September 24th from 6-9PM.

The breweries in attendance will be 40 Arpent, Abita, Bayou Teche, Chafunkta, Covington, Gnarly Barley, NOLA, Parish, and Tin Roof. Each brewery is bringing two beers, and there should be some one offs available. I know the Gnarly Barley/Chafunkta collaboration will be available, and NOLA is bringing a barrel aged Galaxy dry hopped saison. As I hear about other beers, I’ll be sure to update this post.

It’s sure to be a great time with some outstanding food and a celebration of Louisiana craft beer.

Get your tickets here.

I know I’ll be there, and I hope to see some familiar faces as well.

Louisiana Brewers Bash

Gnarly Barley & Chafunkta Collaborating for Louisiana Craft Brewers Week

9 Sep

Zac Caramonta and Josh Erickson both are homebrewers turned craft brewery owners. The friends made their acquaintance in the Mystic Krewe of Brew homebrew club on the Northshore years ago. Today, they are pumping out their brews commercially as two of the 11 craft breweries in the state of Louisiana. Chafunkta Brewing Company sold their first pint of beer in April 2013, and Zac was at the release party to help Josh celebrate. And this past May, Gnarly Barley made their debut, with Josh right there cheering Zac on.

Of course it was inevitable that these friends would collaborate on a beer together. And with Louisiana Craft Brewers Week right around the corner, the timing was perfect. The beer style and name is to remain under wraps until closer to its unveiling. But I can tell you that a beer named after a Megadeth lyric has to be pretty badass. And I can assure you this should be a badass beer.

It’s also a very limited production, with only 6 kegs making it to various bars during the LCBW. I can tell you that the collaboration beer will be tapped in Baton Rouge at Chimes East on Monday September 22nd at 5PM then later that evening at Pelican House around 8PM. It will be featured in New Orleans on Tuesday the 23rd at Capdeville at 5:30 then at Bulldog Midcity at 8PM. Wednesday sees it at The Irish House in New Orleans at 6PM (more details on this event coming very soon). And finally, The Barley Oak in Mandeville will tap it on Thursday at 7PM. 

I’m chomping at the bit to try this one. Hope to see some of you at one of the events.

Zac Caramonta (left) of Gnarly Barley Brewing and Josh Erickson of Chafunkta Brewing are teaming up on a collaborative beer for Louisiana Craft Brewers Week.

Zac Caramonta (left) of Gnarly Barley Brewing and Josh Erickson of Chafunkta Brewing are teaming up on a collaborative beer for Louisiana Craft Brewers Week.

Parish Ghost in the Machine 2.0

5 Sep

Parish Brewing out of Broussard, Louisiana had a hit last spring with their Ghost in the Machine double IPA. Owner and brewmaster, Andrew Godley, got his hands on some different aroma hops (not sure he wants me to reveal them) and tweaked the grain bill a bit for the second version. And perhaps the best news was that this batch was bottled in 4-packs of 12 ounce bottles, instead of 750ml bottles. 

I had the opportunity to stop by the brewery’s taproom last Thursday on my way through town, and got to try it on draft as well as getting a growler fill. And yesterday saw its release in bottles and kegs in the Baton Rouge market. And let me tell you, it was like Black Friday. Retailers sold out of their allotments of bottles in short order. Fortunately, if you missed out on bottles, Baton Rouge did get a nice supply of kegs, which you should be able to find over the next week at places like The Chimes (both locations), The Cove, The Bulldog, The Pelican House, as well as some other craft beer friendly bars.

As good as the first batch was, this one is even better. The aroma is pure grapefruit with some tropical fruit notes. The massive amount of hops gives this beer such a wonderful aroma and flavor. The bitterness comes from those flavoring hops, and less so from bittering hops. This beer absolutely holds its own against the best double IPAs in the country. Period.

If you can get your hands on some, do it. It is worth it. This is the best beer brewed in Louisiana, in my opinion. And word is we may see future releases more frequently. That’s good news indeed.

Parish GITM

Tin Roof Tropical IPA and Turnrow

21 Aug

It’s been a while since I talked to the guys at Tin Roof Brewing, but I managed to catch up with one of the co-owners, William McGehee, today. They have a few things in the works over the next couple weeks, so here’s an update.

First, they are debuting a Tropical IPA today at The Chimes East. The base beer for this is their Juke Joint IPA, but this one has mango, pineapple, and lychee. The nose is full of pineapple and citrus hops with a nice citrusy, tropical fruity background. It’s got Centennial, Citra, Falconer’s Flight, Cascade, Warrior, and Columbus hops.  This will be tapped at 4:00 at Chimes East, so go by and check it out.

Tin Roof Tropical IPA

Friday, they are kegging their newest early fall seasonal, Turnrow. According to William, Turnrow is “a harvest ale brewed with fresh ground coriander. Its light, straw color and low bitterness make it a perfect complement to the hot days of early fall. The hops are Magnum and Styrian Golding, and the coriander provides just the right amount of the citrus spice to balance this refreshing brew.” Turnrow should be released on draft sometime next week. Stay tuned for information on where to find it on tap.

Tin Roof Turnrow

Rougarou imperial black ale will be brewed very soon, with a late-September or early-October release.

Construction on their tap room is progressing nicely, and they are very close to announcing an opening date. As soon as they do, I’ll let you know. I do know they plan to have 10 taps, with half being their regular lineup, and the other half being one-offs, test batches, or different takes on their flagships. I’m looking forward to seeing this in person, as it should be a really nice space, and I like trying out different beers I haven’t had.

 

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