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NOLA Brewing celebrates Nine Years of Beer
NOLA Brewing Company will celebrate its ninth anniversary at 5 p.m. Saturday at its tap room, at 3001 Tchoupitoulas St., in New Orleans.
The “Nine Years of Beers” party features the release of three specialty beers as well as music from Robert Randolph and the Family Band, and Baton Rouge’s Jonathon “Boogie” Long. McClure’s Barbecue will also be on site serving barbecue and boiled crawfish. Tickets are $10-$45 at eventbrite.com.
NOLA Brewing Company has come a long way since it brewed its first beer in March 2009. Today, the brewery features seven year-round beers as well as an assortment of seasonal and small batch beers, most of which are distributed across its six-state footprint.
At this weekend’s party, patrons can try three new beers: Bienville Tricentenni-Ale, Pineapple Upside Down Cake IPA and Sauvage Brett pale ale.
Bienville Tricentenni-Ale is a tribute to New Orleans’ 300th anniversary. This sour ale spent three years aging in oak barrels and weighs in at 6 percent alcohol by volume. Pineapple Upside Down Cake is an imperial IPA brewed with pineapple, vanilla and lactose, giving this hazy beer sweet tropical notes. Sauvage is the latest release from the Funk Series and is a 6.7 percent ABV pale ale, dry hopped with Galaxy hops.
NOLA Brewing CEO Kirk Coco is amazed at what the brewery has accomplished in the past nine years.
“We want to make sure our anniversary party reflects our excitement from what we have done as such a small brewery,” Coco said, “as well as the growth of the craft beer scene in our city since our first beer launch.”
Rahr & Sons beer now available in Louisiana
Beers from Fort Worth, Texas, are making their way into the Louisiana market.
A handful of beers from Rahr & Sons are now available in Louisiana, including Rahr’s Blonde (a bright and crisp Helles lager), Ugly Pug (a light-bodied, yet roasty dark lager), Iron Thistle (a full-bodied and malty Scotch ale) and Dadgum IPA (an easy-drinking IPA featuring Citra and Lemondrop hops).
Founded in 2004, this Texas brewery has roots dating to the mid-19th century. William Rahr began brewing in Wisconsin in 1847 under the name, the Eagle Brewery. Nearly 160 years later, his great-great-grandson opened Rahr & Sons in Fort Worth.
Rahr & Sons beers can be found in cans at area specialty grocers and bottle shops as well as on tap at select restaurants and bars.
Berries are back!
A pair of berry beers have made their return to shelves and draft lines.
In 2017, Parish Brewing took its popular Canebrake wheat ale and added strawberries to it. The resulting Strawberry Canebrake was an instant hit as a spring seasonal and has returned this year. This refreshing fruit beer is perfect for all your favorite springtime activities.
One of Abita Brewing’s most popular beers is Purple Haze, an easy drinking lager with raspberries added after fermentation. Now available is Triple Haze, an amped-up version of Purple Haze. This strong lager weighs in at 8 percent ABV and is available in 22-ounce bombers. Be careful with this one — it will sneak up on you despite how easy it drinks.