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New Belgium Beer Dinner at Galatoire’s in New Orleans Wednesday Night

20 Oct

Just got word of a New Belgium beer dinner at Galatoire’s in New Orleans this Wednesday. There are only a few tickets left, so you better hurry. Check out the menu and the pairings below. It looks delicious.

Galatoire’s 33 Bar & Steak Hosts New Belgium Beer Dinner

Wednesday, October 22

7 p.m. Gathering and Hors d’oeuvres

7:30 p.m. Dinner

Menu Includes:


Fried Cornichons with Remoulade Sauce

Bacon Lardons with Barbecue Glaze

Poached Apples with Honey in Phyllo

New Belgium Sunshine Wheat


First Course:

 Fat Tire Battered Fish and Chips 

Malt Vinegar Slaw

 New Belgium Fat Tire Amber

Second Course:

 Foie Gras Torchon 

Banana Nut Bread and Praline Sauce

 New Belgium Wild2 Dubbel Ale

Third Course:

Buffalo Quail  

Corn Bread and Blue Cheese Dressing

 New Belgium Ranger IPA 

Fourth Course:

Black Lager Braised Short Ribs

Parsnip Puree and Glazed Carrots

 New Belgium 1554 Lager

Dessert Course:

Baked Brie 

Candied Ginger

New Belgium Yuzu Ale


 Located in Galatoire’s 33 Bar & Steak main dining room, the New Belgium Beer Dinner is $65 per person, inclusive of tax & gratuity.  

Make your reservations today by calling (504) 525-6022.

Limited seating is available.

Tin Roof Rougarou debuts at the brewery on Thursday

20 Oct

Tin Roof Brewery is bringing back their Rougarou Imperial Black Ale again this year, and Thursday marks the debut. Head on out to the new taproom at the brewery to be among the first to get a taste of this year’s version. It’s a roasty and hoppy concoction that packs a punch. This year’s edition starts with a big hop aroma that gives way to a chocolaty and malty flavor, but with a big hop backbone.

Tin Roof Rougarou Label

The taproom opens at 3:00 Thursday, and a free bomber will be raffled off every hour starting at 4:00. Plates of jambalaya from Restaurant IPO will be sold for $5 each, so you can keep the party going well into the night.

Tin Roof Rougarou 2

Brew at the Zoo is Friday

9 Oct

Brew at the Zoo

The Baton Rouge Zoo is hosting the first annual Brew at the Zoo tomorrow from 6 til 10pm. Unfortunately, tickets have sold out, and there won’t be any available at the gate. So, hopefully you were able to get some and will be there for this great event. Check out the website for a list of the commercial beers and food that will be available.

The good news is that this is a homebrew friendly festival, so I was able to fire up a batch to serve alongside 31 other members of my homebrew club, Brasseurs a la Maison.


I brewed a pumpkin porter (it is October, after all), so be sure to stop by the Brasseurs canoe and get a taste of Running Monk Brewing Company’s I Got A Rock, which should be on tap number 2.

I Got A Rock Pumpkin Porter

Here’s a list of the other beers that will be pouring from the Brasseurs a la Maison canoe:

Bitter Monkey Belgian IPA
I Got a Rock (Pumpkin Porter)
Animaux Saisons (Saison)
Pumpkin Pie Brown Ale
Sweet Dew Stout (Milk Stout)
Femme Fatale IIPA
Big Cat Pale
Got Your Goat DoppelBock
Monkey Slingin’ Brew (Chocolate Raspberry Sweet Stout)
Rosemary IPA
It’s Peanut Butter Jelly Time
Captain Citra IPA
Bock-ness Monster (Lager)
Orangutan Zoohouse Pale
Saison de la Sorcière
El Chupacabra Cream Stout (Mexican chocolate stout)
Dark and Stormy Hefe
Platypus Punkin’ Ale (PIN)
Hoppy Aardvark Amber Ale
Red “Baboon” Ale
Lemur Libation (Nelson Sauvin Belgian Pale Ale)
Giga-Monster IPA
Ochsen Boner
Black Panther Smoke
Fruited IPA
Orwell’s Animal Farmhouse Stout
Oatmeal Cinnamon Stout
Otter’s Ale
Pale Me Entomology
Dark Mantella

LA Homebrew will also be out there pouring some of their homebrews. Check out what they are offering up:

LA Homebrew 3

Belching Beaver Blonde Quad (11% ABV)
Yogi’s Blackberry Honeybee Wheat (6.7% ABV)
Pumkangaroo Pie Ale (7.3% ABV)
Boa Con-citra IPA (7.5% ABV)
Double Iguana Pale Ale (DIPA) (8.1% ABV)
Reckless Rodent Red (8.3% ABV on nitro)
Monkey Nutz Peanut Butter Porter (6.5% ABV)
Double Chocolate Goatmeal Stout (7.5% ABV on nitro)
Plankton’s Revenge Oak Aged Sour (5.1% ABV)

The Redstick Brewmasters homebrew club will be pouring the following beers too:

Redstick Brewmasters

StrawBeary Lemon Tart Berliner Weisse
Golden Lion Stout
Death Rides a Pale Manatee IPA
DunkelMunkey Dunkleweissen
Jackal-Lantern Ale (Pumpkin Spice Beer)
Chocolate Milk Stout
English Brown Ale
Turkey Nuts Pecan Pie Porter
Honey Wheat
American Pale Alephant I – American Pale Ale
American Pale Alephant II – American Pale Ale
Root Beer
12 Drunk Monkeys
Blonde Ale
$100 Imperial IPA
Dusseldorf Altbier
Chocolate Hazelnut Porter “Nutella Porter”
What da Helles – Munich Helles

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.


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!


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.


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!


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

Lindsay Nations, Press Contact

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


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.

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