This weekend provides a plethora of beer related activities in the Capital City.
May 3rd is National Homebrew Day, and homebrewers across the country will be brewing beers of all types to celebrate. I’m quite certain that LA Homebrew will be hosting a homebrew demonstration at their store, like they do nearly every Saturday. So, if you’re interested in learning just how easy it is to brew your own beer, go check them out.
Also on Saturday evening is the 5th annual Happy’s 5K, held in downtown Baton Rouge. This is probably the best road 5K in the city, and is the spinoff of the popular Tuesday night running group sponsored by Happy’s Irish Pub. Their slogan is “Run. Drink. Be Happy.” Good words to live by. Pre-registration has closed, but you can register on race day beginning at 5 PM. The 5K starts at 6 PM, followed by the beer mile (sold out) at 7:30. It’s always a great time with craft beer at the finish, as well as live music and great food.
And if you want to make it a trifecta, the inaugural Baton Rouge Beer Fest will be held from 2 PM until 6 PM at Leroy’s Kitchen on Nicholson drive, just south of LSU’s campus. There are some exciting things going on here, as several new breweries will make their Baton Rouge debut at this festival. Among them are Crooked Letter Brewing from Ocean Springs, Mississippi (their Mystery Romp coffee porter is absolutely fantastic), Southern Prohibition out of Hattiesburg, Mississippi, and New Mexico’s Santa Fe Brewing, who makes a wonderful Java Stout. Also in attendance will be Mandeville’s Chafunkta Brewing with their full lineup, which will now include bottles of Kingfish Ale, an easy drinking cream ale. Saint Arnold will have a keg of their Boiler Room Berliner Weisse, a tart wheat ale that won’t see regular distribution in Baton Rouge. And lastly, the super limited Founders KBS will be available on tap, and this is the last of it you’ll see in Baton Rouge. Additionally, other breweries such as Tin Roof, Parish, SweetWater, Lazy Magnolia, New Belgium, and others will be pouring a sampling of their beers. Food from Leroy’s, City Pork and Frankie’s Dawg House will be served as well. Tickets are $40.