Thanks to the tireless work of the beer leaders in the Greater New Orleans area, there are some excellent beers coming to market here in the coming weeks and months!
On August 17, Ommegang Brewing is debuting at the Avenue Pub. This is a beer I've had access to up in New England, and I'll be happy to see it again in bars and stores. The rollout event will be taking place at the Avenue Pub and promises "a lot of great beers including just one keg of their special release Aphrodite and one sneak peak keg of a new brew from Duvel."
News just broke on a few more newcomers to the market: Stillwater Artisanal Ales, a "gypsy" brewer based in the Baltimore area. Their website is a Blogger blog format (like this one) so it's a little awkward to navigate, but the beers look awesome and seem well reviewed on BA. They definitely seem like they have an exciting approach to brewing so I will cut them some slack on how they message, heh. Also "gypsy brewer" is a less nauseating term than "gastro-pub," so we're cool.
Also coming to market: Gueuzerie Tilquin, a new Gueuze blendery that opened in Belgium just in June, and will be coming to New Orleans in September. It's called a blendery because that's how Gueuzes roll- blending young lambics with older ones. The flavor profiles are usually on the sour and funky side of the spectrum. This place is too new for me to have even heard of it before yesterday, so I'm very intrigued!
The other new player coming on the scene is an importer called 12 Percent that's going to be distributed through Southern Eagle. Looking at their brewery page, it looks like a lot of great small Belgian and Dutch breweries... and Stillwater Artisanal, which makes sense. I see that their blog page hasn't been updated for over a year, so I don't know how up to date the breweries listed are, but I assume any changes would be for the better (i.e., more signing on in the past year.)
I also heard an unconfirmed rumor that New Belgium is coming to Louisiana in the 4th quarter of 2012.
OK, that's all the news I have for now... go out and drink good beer!