A month?!?!?

Wow, it's been a month since I updated? Crazy. It's been kind of a weird month. Hurricane recovery, birthdays, broken husband...  you better believe I've been drinking. Heavily.

I kid! (Kinda.) Beer occurrences of note: NOLA Brewing released a new beer, the first in their new high-gravity series, Mecha Hopzilla. It's a pretty tasty beer- well balanced and quite hoppy. It's not really my wheelhouse, but I liked it. I think I like Hopitoulas better, which is good news too, because it'll be coming out in 16 ounce cans soon!

In new beers in New Orleans news: Goose Island (from Chicago) has come to town! Right now it's just the three "Vintage Ales" - the Sofie, Matilda, and Pere Jacques.

Sofie, looking gawjuss in the Goose Island goblet
 I loved the Matilda, the Belgian style pale ale. Subtle, balanced, delicious. Sofie was pretty good, a light colored Belgian farmhouse ale- it was a little... insubstantial, maybe? Just didn't seem to live up to its promise. Perhaps a bit too subtle to my palate. The Pere Jacques was my least favorite of the three- overwhelmingly malty and heavy. The maltiness led to a dark sweetness that I didn't enjoy too much. I wonder if it should be aged some?

Also new to the market: Clown Shoes, contract brewed out of Mercury Brewing in Ipswich (our old stomping grounds!) Had a couple nice versions of their IPAs - Miracle IPA, which they call sessionable at 5.5% - y'all know I don't agree with that - and the Supa Hero, an 8% IPA that was nicely balanced and pretty good. I enjoyed them, for sure. Another new brewery on the New Orleans scene is Brash brewing, which I haven't had a chance to try yet. They're also brewing up in Ipswich, so way to go, Mercury with your crazy contract brewing ways!

The most important event of the month of COURSE is the Beer Bitch's birthday! It was pretty low key, but I had a couple nice beers during the festivities, such as they were:

Also, I went to SoBou, where, OK, I drank cocktails but I sat at this awesome beer table!

And before my birthday and before my husband broke his arm and two ribs, we went up to the North Shore (across Lake Pontchartrain! Exotic and new!) and among other things, spent a few hours at the Barley Oak, right on the lake.

View from the Barley Oak's balcony

A crazy British beer I tried
I also tasted some amazing beers at a bottle share I attended a couple weeks ago with a few dozen very cool local beer nerds (some I knew, some I didn't.) Let's see, some of the highlights were:

I know I missed a TON of awesome beers (this is also by no means an exclusive list of what I tried) because I could only stay for about an hour and a half, due to dinner plans. It was lots of fun and LOTS of great beer.

So that's what's been happening, beerwise. Been a long month... will try not to go a whole month between updates again! That's pretty bad of me.