American Craft Beer Week: May 12th-18th


Monday brings one of the most exciting weeks for craft beer lovers, American Craft Beer Week. This week is chock full of events around the country, and it’s no different in south Louisiana. Without further ado, I present a calendar of events for you to pick and choose where to celebrate each day.

These are  just some of the events happening around south Louisiana. Of course, it’s impossible to make every one of them, but the important thing is to celebrate American Craft Beer Week by getting out  to a few and showing bar and restaurant owners that you want them to continue to focus on craft beer.

I hope to see some of you at an event or two.



Baton Rouge:

The Cove: A keg of Prairie Bomb! will be tapped at 5:30 (you can find me here for this!).

The Pelican House: Saint Arnold Divine Reserve 14 cask at 7:00.

LeBlanc’s: SweetWater beer dinner at 6:00.

Burgersmith: Bayou Teche Coteau Rodaire kegs (French Farmhouse Ale, aged in Sauvignon Blanc barrels hand-crafted in the Burgundy region of France, then finished with orange peel.

Chimes East: Stone Brewing pint night at 6:30.

Mellow Mushroom: Abita pint night from 6:00-7:00.

Big Heads: NOLA Brewing pint night from 6:00-7:00.


New Orleans:

The Bulldog Uptown: New Belgium (Lips of Faith Cigar City collaboration, Chicory Milk Stout, Summer Helles, and Yuzu Berliner Weisse) and NOLA (Rebirth pale ale, Hopitoulas IPA, and Blonde) pint glass night at 6:00 as well as 40 Arpent (Milk Stout & Delacroix) and Terrapin (Maggie’s Peach Farmhouse Ale, Moonray Chocolate Orange Weissenbock and Hopsecutioner IPA)  night at 8:00.

Buffalo Wild Wings (both locations): East Coast  night, with samplings from Brooklyn (Black Ops), Harpoon (Rich and Dan’s Rye IPA) and Shmaltz (Funky Jewbelation)



The Barley Oak: Chafunkta-Old Rail Off The Tracks collaboration release party at 7:00.

The Chimes Covington: Gnarly Barley rollout featuring Catahoula Common at 6:00.



Baton Rouge:

The Bulldog: Abita Jockamo dry hopped with Citra cask 5:00-7:00.

The Cove: Terrapin Big Hoppy Monster and Maggie’s Peach Farmhouse Ale 8:00-9:00.

The Pelican House: Brooklyn, Harpoon and Green Flash featured  beers 7:00-8:00.

Renaissance Hotel: Representatives from all of  Louisiana’s breweries will be sampling their beers beginning at 5:00.

Happy’s Irish Pub (downtown): All four Tin Roof brands on this week, as well as a keg of Tin Roof Blogger Blonde Lager on tap for Happy’s Running Club beginning at 6:00.


New Orleans:

Avenue Pub: Barrel Aged Night $24 for 6 four ounce pours. Some of the featured  beers will be Saint Arnold Bishop’s Barrel 1, 3, 4, and 5, Abita Pappy Van Winkle aged Bourbon Street Stout, Founders KBS, Evil Twin Double Barrel aged Even More Jesus, Against  the Grain London Balling (Angel’s Envy barrel aged), Santa Fe Imperial Smoked Porter with chipotle peppers aged in bourbon barrels, Old Rasputin barrel aged imperial stout (2012), Terrapin Substance Abuse (Woodford Reserve barrel aged Wake –N-Bake imperial  stout), and  Off Color Troublesome Gose.

Buffalo Wild Wings (both locations): Abita Bourbon Street Baltic Porter aged in Pappy Van Winkle bourbon barrels.

The Bulldog Mid-City: Gnarly Barley rollout with a dry hopped keg of Catahoula Common.


Old Rail Brewing – Tapping of the Chafunkta-Old Rail collaboration, Off the Tracks at 7:00.



Baton Rouge:

The Bulldog: Tin Roof Watermelon Wheat release party at 6:00. Also, a cask of Watermelon wheat with basil and
fresh strawberries.

The Cove: Brasseurs a la Maison homebrew club meeting featuring a Tin Roof Watermelon Wheat cask conditioned with wild strawberries, basil and fermented with wild Belgian yeast beginning at 6:00.

The Pelican House: Covington Brewhouse Nitro Milk Stout release at 6:00.

The Chimes East: West Coast Wednesday, featuring Stone Smoked Porter with Chipotle, Stone Spotlight Series (Black Rye Kolsch), Green Flash Hop Odyssey 30th Street pale ale and Green Flash Road Warrior at 6:30.

The Chimes LSU: Abita pint night at 6:30.

The Londoner: Shmaltz tap takeover with St. Lenny’s double IPA, Messiah Nut Brown ale and Reunion collaboration 4:00-6:00

Chelsea’s: NOLA pint night at 6:00.


New Orleans:

Avenue Pub: Funk Night featuring saisons, sours, lacto & brett infused American beers. Several beers from The Bruery, along with Parish Milton Teagle  Jr, Jr (Canebrake aged in pinot noir barrels with sour cherries and black currant added), Terrapin Maggie’s Peach Farmhouse ale, Stone Tiger Cub Saison aged  in Chardonnay barrels, Jolly Pumpkin beers, Terrapin Barrel Aged Monk’s Revenge, Lazy Magnolia Song of the South Berliner Weisse, SweetWater 17th  Anniversary Saison, and others.

Buffalo Wild Wings (both locations): Georgia night, with a surprise keg from SweetWater as well as Terrapin Maggie’s Peach Farmhouse ale featured  along with their regular beers, beginning at 6:00.

The Bulldog Mid-City: Abita Imperator black IPA cask at 6:00.

Red Fish  Grill – Parish Brewing beer dinner featuring crawfish dishes.



The Chimes Covington: 2nd Annual  Southern Craft Beer Dinner featuring Evil Twin Imperial  Biscotti Break, Saint Arnold  Bishop’s Barrel 6, North Coast Le Merle, Saint Arnold Divine Reserve 13, New Belgium Le Terroir, as well as some surprise beers not typically available in Louisiana. $50, and dinner starts at 6:30.

Old Rail Brewing: Barrel Aged Dark Territory Russian Imperial Stout at 7:00.

The Barley Oak: Abita Throwback night, as well as barrel aged Baltic porter at 7:00.



Which Craft?: 40 Arpent Delacroix with Sorachi Ace hops and Sriracha at 5:00.



Baton Rouge:

The Bulldog: Stone Tiger Cub Saison aged in Chardonnay barrels at 7:00.

The Pelican House: 1 keg of Oak Street Coffee Porter (Whiskey barrel aged Coffee Porter, using Greenbrier’s Distillery Belle Meade Bourbon out of Nashville) and 1 keg of Blogger Blonde Lager at 6:00.

The  Londoner: Abita Jockamo dry hopped with Citra cask at 6:00.

The Cove: Crooked Letter Brewing Baton Rouge rollout, featuring Stabello (pale lager), Mystery Romp (a kick ass coffee porter) and Crooked Heffe (surprisingly, a hefeweizen).

The Chimes East: Bayou Teche Coteau Rodaire and Bier Noir with toasted coconut. Kegs tapped at 6:00.


New Orleans:

Avenue Pub: Hop  Head Night featuring Parish casks of Canebrake (Galaxy hops) and Envie (Citra hops), Brooklyn Blast!, Sierra Nevada Hoptimum, Tin Roof double dry hopped Juke Joint IPA, Green Flash Road Warrior imperial rye IPA, and others.

Buffalo Wild Wings (Metairie): 40 Arpent cask night with owner Michael Naquin tapping a cask of Café Brulot, a café au lait style milk stout with Grand Marnier soaked wood chips, cloves and cinnamon. 6:30.

The R Bar (1431 Royal Street): Abita Cask Conditioned Citra Hopped Jockamo IPA 5:00-7:00.

d.b.a.: Specialty kegs from Bayou  Teche and Tin Roof Juke Joint IPA, as well as the staff from Bayou Teche preparing free Cajun food.

Lager’s: Abita Imperator black IPA cask at 6:00.

Midway Pizza: Chafunkta Kingfish Ale and a book signing of New Orleans Beer: A Hoppy History of Big Easy Brewing, a book co-authored by  my fellow Louisiana beer blogger, The Beer Buddha.



The Barley Oak: Saint Arnold Divine Reserve vertical tapping featuring #12, 13 and 14, as well as a special dry hopped keg of Gnarly Barley’s Catahoula Common at 7:00.

The Chimes Covington: Abita beer and char-grilled oyster pairing. Tapping of Abita Select Triple Haze at 6:30.

Columbia Street Tap Room: NOLA pint night at 8:00.

Old Rail Brewing: Barrel aged Dark Territory Russian imperial stout at 4:00.



Baton Rouge:

The Bulldog: Saint Arnold Boiler Room Berliner Weisse keg at 6:00.

The Chimes LSU: New Belgium kegs of Abbey and Bier de Mars at 6:00.

The Cove: Bayou Teche keg of Bier Joi with cayenne pepper at 6:00.

Tin Roof Brewing: ACBW party at 5:00-9:00 at the brewery featuring several specialty one-off beers and Jay Ducote teaming up with Slap Ya Mama and Indie Plate to provide some awesome food. There will also be live music.

LeBlanc’s Frais Marche: Stone tasting at 6:00.

The Pelican House: Abita, NOLA and Green Flash pint night at 8:30.


New Orleans:

Avenue Pub: Locals afternoon featuring the Chafunkta-Old Rail collaboration beer (Off the Tracks), Gnarly Barley dry hopped Catahoula Common, Southern Prohibition Barely Legal, 40 Arpent Wasabi Ginger Stout cask and others.

Buffalo Wild Wings (Metairie): Parish Brewing owner Andrew Godley unveils  a cask of  apricot  and Galaxy dry  hopped Canebrake at 7:00.

Buffalo Wild Wings (Elmwood): Founders Brewing night with vertical flights of Curmudgeon old ale as well as other Founders beers at 7:00.

The  Bulldog Mid-City: Bayou Teche throwdown with special kegs, boudin, cracklins and other surprises at 6:00. Also West Coast night begins at 8:00.

The Bulldog Uptown: Abita Citra dry hopped Jockamo IPA cask and Bourbon Street Baltic Porter at 6:00 and Lazy Magnolia night beginning at 8:00.

Crescent Pie & Sausage Company: New Belgium beer dinner at 6:00.

Evangeline: Evangeline Amber debuts, brewed by Covington Brewhouse at 5:00.



Old Rail Brewing: Special preview and limited release of their barrel aged barleywine beginning at 4:00.

The Barley Oak: Stone Tiger Cub Saison and a special cask from NOLA beginning at 7:00.

Chimes Covington: West Coast meets the  Gulf Coast night at 6:00.



Baton Rouge:

The Cove: NOLA Brewing Rebirth cask with Galaxy hops and Seventh Street Wheat cask with ginger at 7:00.

The Pelican House: New Belgium Peach Porch Lounger (G. Love collaboration) at 6:00.

The Bulldog: Lazy  Magnolia Southern Pecan cask conditioned with bourbon oak chips and vanilla beans.


New Orleans:

Avenue Pub: Grand tasting is an epic event with too many beers to list. Visit their website for more info.

Buffalo Wild Wings (Elmwood): Crooked Letter cask with owner, Paul Smith, tapping a cask of cherry-infused Stabello pale lager.

The Bulldog Uptown: Founders KBS brunch at 10:00 AM, and West Coast night at 8:00.

The Bulldog Mid-City: Chafunkta-Old Rail collaboration Off the Tracks at 6:00 and New Belgium pint  night at 8:00.

Evangeline: 40 Arpent Bananas Foster milk stout at 5:00.



Old Rail Brewing: Limited release of anniversary barleywine at 4:00.

Chimes Covington: NOLA casks of Girl Stout Cookie and Rebirth Pale Ale at 6:00.

The Barley  Oak: Grand tasting with numerous limited beers at 7:00.







10 thoughts on “American Craft Beer Week: May 12th-18th

  1. That’s what’s I thought, noticed it when I clicked the events link at the top. Would have been a heartbreaker.

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