Nora McGunnigle, Craft Beer Writer

Monday, October 20, 2014

Catching up, Courtyard Brewery, and Cocktail Week

This lady is dressed up in her finest birthday Fräulein wear (at NOOT), your argument is invalid.

Well, cats and kittens, it's been a crazy few weeks. After Louisiana Craft Brewers Week, I attended the National Beer Wholesalers Association's annual conference and then flew out to Denver to check out GABF. You can read a brief overview of those two events here, and I've got some photos of GABF up on Tumblr here.

Scott Wood at Courtyard Brewery, set to open this week

Friday, September 26, 2014

Weekending

Gnarly dudes at the Bulldog

I was a bit out of commission yesterday, but as I rest up for New Orleans On Tap tomorrow (I'm one of the judges for the homebrew competition so I need to be there early with a well prepared palate!) I wanted to post the schedule for wrapping up Louisiana Craft Brewer Week this weekend.

Looking forward to all the NOOT related shenanigans as well as the Bayou Teche event at the Avenue Pub. That jambalaya will be delicious, and allegedly will have rabbit in it.

Saturday, September 27

11 a.m.: The Barley Oak holds its annual Louisiana Craft Beer Appreciation Day.

11:30 a.m.: All pitchers of Louisiana-brewed beer are $2 off at the Bulldog Mid City.

1 p.m.: The fifth annual New Orleans On Tap charity benefit for LA-SPCA, at the City Park Fairgrounds. New Orleans on Tap is a family and pet friendly beer festival that features free admission, live music, over 200 local and national beers, food, homebrew competition, games and giveaways. Go to neworleansontap.org to buy tickets and for more information.

2 p.m.: 40 Arpent visits the Avenue Pub, first tapping a keg of Red Beans & Rice ale with chipotle at 2, and then a keg of Bananas Foster Milk Stout at 5 p.m.

Sunday, September 28

1 p.m.: Dorignac Food Center’s (710 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 504-834-8216; dorignacs.com) Meet the Brewer with Abita, Bayou Teche, Chafunkta, Covington, Lazy Magnolia, NOLA Brewing, Tin Roof, and Yalobusha. Cheese will be paired with each of the eight breweries' beer, selected and provided by Swiss-American cheese distributors. Free.

3 p.m.: Bayou Teche Barrel Beer at the Avenue Pub, with the brewery’s new barrel series beer, Teche Hombres Belgian Style Cerveza, an agave nectar wheat aged in French white oak sauvignon blanc barrels with Spanish orange peel and aji limon peppers. Returning is this year’s vintage of Miel Sauvage (Acadian honey beer aged in Jack Daniels barrels), served alongside last year’s batch. Coteau Rodaire, the brewery’s French farmhouse ale aged in Sauvignon Blanc barrels and finished with orange peel, and Biere Joi, a Belgian dubbel style aged in whisky barrels with coffee, cacao nibs, and chili arbol, will also be available. The folks from Bayou Teche will be cooking, as usual, serving up a Cajun charcuterie board and jambalaya.

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Thursday - Thirsty?



I've been playing around with my camera and have a few cool shots that actually came out well, as well as a couple that are kinda blurry. Once I get access to (and knowledge of) some photo editing software, I'll fix up the blurrier ones.

A bit of a blurry shot of all the brewers at the Irish House

Emilyand Cari taking pictures of the brewers

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

LaCBW - midweek update

The Tin Roof Single Hop Series at the Avenue Pub on Tuesday

Things started ramping up last night- went to Avenue Pub to try the Tin Roof single hop series and its experimental sour beer, then off to the Bulldog Mid City to get my hands on the Chafunkta-Gnarly Barley collaboration, Black Tooth Grin. If you missed the collaboration last night, fear not, it's on at the Avenue Pub tonight at 4pm. Should be a fun night all around, see below for everything that's happening - and don't forget to keep checking on my schedule for the week's events. I've been updating it daily over the past week. 

Tonight's events:

Wednesday, September 24

11 a.m.: Happy hour prices on all Covington Brewhouse beer all day at the Columbia Street Tap Room

4 p.m.: Chafunkta/Gnarly Barley Black Tooth Grin collaboration party at the Avenue Pub.

5 p.m.: Abita cask, Pumpkin & Peach SOS, at the Bulldog Mid City.

5 p.m.: Parish Brewing visits the Avenue Pub. Tapping Export stout and a cask of Coffee Vanilla Export Stout, with bottle pours of Grand Reserve Barleywine and Farmhouse IPA. Parish founder Andrew Godley will arrive at the Pub by 7pm.

5 p.m.: Gordon Biersch (200 Poydras St., 504-552-2739; gordonbiersch.com/locations/new-orleans)
hosts its monthly "Stammich" during which professional and home brewers are welcome to share what they're working on, and try GBB brewer Daniel Reynolds' "secret stash" of what he's working on. Not just limited to brewers - anyone who loves drinking and discussing beer is welcome to join!

6 p.m.: Bayou Teche Brewer’s Night, feat. Evolve Juicery at Mellow Mushroom Lafayette, featuring four Bayou Teche beers including a cask infused with fresh pineapple, orange & rosemary juice provided by Lafayette locals, Evolve: an artisan juicery.

6 p.m.: Louisiana Craft Beer Brewers Bash hosted by Bite & Booze’s Jay Ducote held at the Irish House (1432 St Charles Ave., 504-595-6755; www.theirishhouseneworleans.com.) The brewery owners, brewmasters, and representatives of the nine Louisiana breweries available in New Orleans will be under one roof to mingle with guests, who will to taste two beers from each brewery served with food provided by the Irish House. Tickets and more information are available here: www.eventbrite.com/e/louisiana-brewers-bash-tickets-12974734781

7 p.m.: The Barley Oak features New Orleans brewery, NOLA Brewing with a cask of barrel aged Galaxy dry-hopped Hurricane Saison.

7 p.m.: Lager’s International Ale House (3501 Veterans Memorial Blvd., 504-887-9923; lagersmetairie.draftfreak.com) hosting Covington Brewhouse, featuring Kolsch and Fest Bier.

10 p.m.: Louisiana Craft Beer Brewers Bash After Party at the Bulldog Uptown; featuring Tin Roof, Gnarly Barley, Bayou Teche, and Parish Brewing. There will be a specialty stout cask from Parish Brewing, a specialty Blonde keg from Tin Roof, and Miel Savage from Bayou Teche.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

San Diego Beer Bloggers Conference Wrapup. With Pictures.

Upon returning back to real life and reflecting upon the Beer Blogger's conference last month, I have come to the conclusion that: 1) San Diego is awesome and four days to explore the beer culture there is just starting to scratch the surface; and 2) I love hanging out with my beer geek tribe. Meeting folks from all over, united by beer, and having pimp beer experiences together is the best.

Thursday, August 28, 2014

BBC14 Ultimate Liveblogging: The Return

Preparing for the speed drinking madness that awaited us

The Beer Blogger's Conference, held this year in San Diego, is a heady, um, brew of beer geeks, beer geek enablers, free beer, lots of information, and then also some beer. While I will be providing a more complete overview, I wanted to start out with the most intense (and my favorite) event of the conference, Live Beer Blogging. I recapped last year's here, and used a lot of tweets to capture it. And I'm doing it again!

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

All About Beer!

In exciting news, my cover story in All About Beer has been published! It's a feature length story about Bayou Teche Brewing, its connection to French farmhouse brewing, and a rundown on the history of the farmhouse brewing style.