We’re halfway through American Craft Beer Week, and I hope all of you have been supporting your local craft breweries and local businesses so far this week. I know I have.
Here are the highlights for Thursday in south Louisiana.
The Avenue Pub in New Orleans is having Hop Head Night. See below:
Thursday May 15: Hop Head Night – Single Hops and Hop Bombs
All beers served á la carte and are available in 4 ounce or 10 ounce pours
- Parish Galaxy Single Hopped Canebrake (cask)
- Parish Citra Single Hopped Envie (cask)
- Brooklyn BLAST!
- Sierra Nevada Hoptimum
- Tin Roof Double Dry Hopped Juke Joint IPA
- 40 Arpent – Dry Hopped (cask)
- Green Flash Road Warrior Imperial Rye
Midway Pizza in New Orleans will be featuring Chafunkta Kingfish Ale, with founder and brewmaster, Josh Erickson, as well as my fellow beer blogger, Jeremy “The Beer Buddha” Labadie, who will be on hand to sign copies of his new book, New Orleans Beer: A Hoppy History of Big Easy Brewing (click the link to buy the book).
The R Bar on Royal Street in New Orleans will feature Citra cask conditioned Jockamo from Abita from 5:00-7:00.
Here in Baton Rouge there are several events that I’ll be juggling.
The Pelican House will tap a keg of Tin Roof‘s Oak Street Coffee Porter, which is whiskey barrel aged Coffee Porter, using Greenbrier’s Distillery Belle Meade Bourbon out of Nashville. They’ll also tap a keg of Blogger, their blonde ale fermented with lager yeast. Both of these are happening at 6:00.
Across the street from Pelican House, The Cove is hosting the founder and brewmaster from Crooked Letter Brewing for their release into the Baton Rouge market. They’ll have with them Stabello (pale lager), Mystery Romp (a kick ass coffee porter) and Crooked Heffe (surprisingly, a hefeweizen). I’ll be there again with Chuck Pierce to record an episode of the Me & My Big Mouth radio show, so stop by and say hello while you try out Crooked Letter’s offerings. I can’t recommend the Mystery Romp enough!
Also, The Bulldog will feature one of three kegs Louisiana got of Stone’s Tiger Cub Saison, which is aged in chardonnay barrels. They’ll tap this one at 7:00.
And lastly, The Chimes East will feature Bayou Teche Coteau Rodaire, a French farmhouse ale aged in Sauvignon Blanc barrels hand-crafted in the Burgundy region of France, then finished with orange peel, as well as Bier Noir with toasted coconut. Kegs will be tapped at 6:00.
Please continue to get out to events like these and support our local craft breweries, as well as the businesses that are hosting these events. A lot of people work really hard behind the scenes to make these kinds of things happen, and the best way to thank them is to show up and have a beer or two with dinner.
And remember, while this week may be the official celebration of American Craft Beer Week, I encourage you to make every week a craft beer week. Support craft breweries not just this week, but all year long.