Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Eh.

Removed the homebrew website ad, those people didn't have their shit together. I AM A PROFESSIONAL, PEOPLE! Also, I don't sell out unless it's worth my time.

Carry on, then.

Sunday, May 15, 2016

American Craft Beer Week is here!



American Craft Beer Week - ACBW - 2016 officially kicks off on Monday May 16 and promises a delightful assortment of beer events across the New Orleans area.

My annual report on ACBW in The Gambit (this is my 4th!) did not include a full list of events, which honestly is just as well, since the lead time on getting those for print is a lot longer than a lot of bars and breweries are comfortable with. I did, however, provide a list of my Top 5 picks (basically events that just sounded kind of cool and different) and all the food pairing events that I was able to find out about.

I also wrote an overview about how the local brewing community views ACBW and Louisiana beer growth as a whole.

And, of course, I have my annual big list of events on this here blog/website. I'm always happy to update and add stuff, so just let me know if I need to, and keep checking back for potential new stuff.

So far, I think I'll be hitting the Tuesday night draft barrel aged beer event at the Avenue Pub as well as the Thursday night Louisiana beer dinner at Dickie Brennan's Steakhouse. (I can't make it out every night these days! Looking back on past posts, I can't believe I used to do that.)

Happy ACBW!

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.