Monday, April 25, 2016

CraftBeer.com stories

Happy Monday, y'all - it's been a little crazy getting ready for the upcoming Craft Brewers Conference being held in Philadelphia the first week of May. But I've been getting stuff up and published, including two pieces on CraftBeer.com, the web content arm of the Brewers Association.

Having them published back to back is cool, but gets complicated considering that if I get a certain number of Facebook shares I get a social media bonus. So I've been dividing my pimping time between the two pieces, and as a result, the numbers have been climbing pretty slowly.

I think they're both great pieces, check 'em out and see.

3 Overlooked Beer Styles to Pair with Food, in which I examine three different beer styles that are scientifically proven to pair well with certain foods. I discuss the whats and whys of that, based on a cool panel/forum I attended at last year's CBC composed of both beer and science nerds.

Cask Ale’s Journey Into the Modern Beer World has been a labor of love for me for over a year. now I submitted it elsewhere and it wasn't what the editors were looking for at that time. I interviewed a half a dozen brewers as well as beer bar owners and cask ale aficionados, took all that research, and wrote a piece about what cask ale is, historically, what it's evolving into, the success of each approach, and some basic do's and don'ts about the logistics of creating, storing, transporting, and serving cask conditioned beer.

Give them a read, and if you like them, please consider sharing on Facebook, using the icons that sit atop the article headline, like so: 


That way the little numbers there will increase and once it hits 400 by May 20, I get my bonus.

It takes a village to feed a beer writer, people! Thanks in advance - I'm very proud of both pieces and really do believe they are worthy of sharing. 

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Playing around with selling out



So, I have a new banner, just under my logo, an affiliate link to Homebrewsupply.com. I haven't done any advertising on this blog at all, but I thought I'd experiment with this particular affiliate program - I don't anticipate having any conflicts of interests, and the site looks legit.

So! If you are looking to order homebrew stuff, why don't you click on my link up there and browse around and see if this site has what you need. That way, you have supplies to brew a delicious beer and I get some cash!

I'm interested to see if this results in anything significant. Spread the word, if you wish!

#BeerWriterGotsToGetPaid


Wednesday, March 2, 2016

Beer Prom and New Breweries



Man, it has been a busy... (looks at date of last post)... few months. Bypassed the holidays and Mardi Gras, looks like. Oops.

Right at the new year, Tom Conklin opened his Chappapeela Farm Brewery.


Then Mardi Gras with its various seasonal beers and cans. And riding Nyx with my krewe! (I acquired several beers along the route from various beer geeks who were able to catch me, heh.)



And then this past weekend was Nuit Belge, probably the best beer event I've ever attended. It had amazing Belgian (and Belgian-style) beers paired with dishes from great local restaurants.

Check out the (well, my) photos of a great, great night.

Now, on the horizon: Girls Pint out at Cooter Brown's on March 8, and then another event there on the 9th - Sour Power, with sour beers from New Belgium, NOLA Brewing, and Great Raft (including the first New Orleans release of Great Raft's dry hopped Brett IPA Oceans Between Us.)

On March 10, master sour blenders Eric and Lauren Salazar from New Belgium Brewing are running a seminar to talk about the practices and techniques they use to blend their beer like La Folie and Le Terroir. This is, from what I can gather, a pretty unique opportunity to really understand sour beer making and blending in a small group setting. You also get the chance to make your own blend, the way you like it. Get tickets here.

Oh! This weekend (although I sadly cannot go) is the Louisiana Winter Beer Festival in Lake Charles. It looks like the town and beer community are both really into it. If you're in the area, check out the burgeoning beer scene there.

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Thanksgiving!

THANKSGIVING!!!!

Man, I've been so busy writing stories about, like, pairing beer with turkey that I haven't even remembered to forget to update the blog.

Monday, November 2, 2015

World of Beer Giveaway Contest



In my Gambit column a couple weeks ago, I mentioned that World of Beer is doing a fall food menu with suggested beer pairings. They invited me in to taste it and I've gotta say, it's pretty good. I didn't pay for the food and drink they had me try, but I would definitely go back and pay for that cornbread and chili. Mmm, on this rainy day, both of those sound awesome.



But why should I be the only one to get free food from World of Beer? I have a $25 gift card to give away to someone who responds in the comments below their favorite food and beer pairing.

Friday, October 16, 2015

Oktoberfest at Press Street Station




Press Street Station is holding a Thursday night supper series this month, and the one on October 29 will be an Oktoberfest themed dinner with German food. The menu looks awesome (see below) and you can go here to make a reservation on the hour (5pm, 6pm, 7pm, and 8pm.)

The folks at Press Street originally wanted me to come try the food and make some recommendations that Press Street could make for people to bring with them - Press Street is still BYOB. It didn't work out to do that, but Patrick Hunter, resident beer geek at Brady's Wine Warehouse took a look at the menu and made some pretty spot on recommendations.

Thursday, October 8, 2015

Louisiana Has TWENTY Breweries



On the heels of a laughably ridiculously ignorant article that appeared in The Advocate this week (I'll get a little more into detail with that later), my Facebook thread (on which I posted the link to the journalistic travesty) had a very interesting discussion about what counts as a brewery?

I realized that I've been segregating brewpubs from my number and I don't think that was right. I think that if you brew beer and legally sell it to people in Louisiana, that should be considered a Louisiana brewery. Therefore, we should count Crescent City Brewhouse, The Old Rail Brewing Company, and, yes, Gordon Biersch, which is a franchise chain but does brew every drop of beer it sells on site. Locally. In New Orleans. The brewers there are talented and work hard.

The lines are getting so blurred, more and more each day. Courtyard is a very unique beer business model for the area. Broken Wheel is a brewery added to an existing restaurant so it's now a brewpub (but wasn't one originally). These diverse breweries will continue to evolve. So let's stop leaving brewpubs out in the cold and welcome them into the fold. I know that's how the state law is broken down, microbreweries/production breweries or brewpubs and never the twain shall meet, but that legislation is being re-evaluated and will hopefully be changing in the near future.

(Hm, I haven't heard anything about that lately, anyone got a sitrep?)

So here's my up to date list of Louisiana breweries, as of October 7, 2015. (In order of their opening.)
  1. Abita Abita Springs, opened in 1986
  2. Crescent City Brewhouse (brewpub) New Orleans, opened in 1991
  3. Gordon Biersch (brewpub) (chain) New Orleans, opened in 2004
  4. Covington Brewhouse Covington, opened in 2005 (as Heiner Brau)
  5. NOLA Brewing New Orleans, opened in 2009
  6. Bayou Teche Arnaudville, opened in March 2010
  7. Parish Brewing Broussard, opened in July 2010
  8. Tin Roof Baton Rouge, opened in November 2010
  9. Chafunkta Mandeville, opened in March 2013
  10. Old Rail Brewing Company (brewpub) Mandeville, opened July 2013
  11. Great Raft Shreveport, opened December 2013
  12. Red River Shreveport, opened December 2013
  13. 40 Arpent Arabi, opened March 2014
  14. Gnarly Barley Hammond, opened May 2014
  15. Courtyard Brewery New Orleans, opened October 2014
  16. Mudbug Thibodaux, opened December 2014
  17. Broken Wheel Marksville (Central LA), opened January 2015
  18. Flying Heart Bossier, opened April 2015
  19. Second Line New Orleans, opened August 2015
  20. Cajun Brewing Lafayette, opened September 2015
I'm going to keep updating it, and I've added a new tab on this website's homepage with it so that SOMEONE has an actual, up-to-date list of brewery numbers and basic info. Because apparently it's too difficult for some writers to research? Because I guess just anyone can jump in and do beer writing, I mean, it's just beer, right? No complexity or sophistication or moving parts to good ole beer, no siree!