|Bayou Teche's Karlos Knott sitting behind a pint glass full of cracklins, because why not.|
Monday, December 23, 2013
Saturday, December 14, 2013
Crime is Lukcy Basartd Ale (a blend of Arrogant Bastard Ale, Double Bastard Ale and OAKED Arrogant Bastard Ale) brewed with freshly harvested peppers and aged in bourbon barrels. Like a criminal act, this capsicum-laced temptation—brewed with jalapeños and black nagas, to name but a few—provides entrée into the seedy underbelly of Stone’s pepper-induced purgatory. Similarly, Punishment is 2013 Double Bastard Ale brewed with freshly harvested peppers and aged in bourbon barrels. Brutally hot and unyielding in its imposition, this intensely hellish spawn of Caribbean red hots, fatalis and Moruga scorpion peppers is a just dessert for any spice-taunting masochist who dares to engage it.For the Southern Charred:
2012 Double Bastard Ale was funneled into heavily blackened Kentucky bourbon and American oak barrels, as well as a special set of Kentucky bourbon receptacles previously used to age a smoked imperial porter. Over a year later, the result is a monster of a beer that, in addition to its brawny malt bill and raging hop character, also pounces on taste buds with a well-rounded assault of vanilla, smoke, butterscotch and caramel.So... if you're into that kind of thing (I am not) then check 'em out.
Friday, December 13, 2013
Winter beers are still my bread & butter right now: check out my writeup on the Alcohol Professor. I'm pretty sure next week I'll have yet another one published online. For my weekly Gambit column, I discussed Parish Brewing's upcoming Grand Reserve Barleywine release.
Tuesday, December 3, 2013
|My cover story for the current edition of Southern Brew News|
Monday, November 25, 2013
Friday, November 22, 2013
|Tin Roof's new seasonal out in cans|
Monday, November 18, 2013
This weekend was the Gambit-sponsored FestivALES, their second beer pub crawl. The one in May down in the Warehouse District had too many "crafty" beers for my tastes, but this one on Freret Street had much more consistently good beers. I don't think I tried much I haven't had before, but every single Louisiana brewery currently producing (Abita, Bayou Teche, Chafunkta, Covington, NOLA Brewing, Parish, and Tin Roof) were represented as well as neighboring breweries that have a significant presence here, Lazy Magnolia (MS) and Saint Arnold (TX.)
Thursday, November 14, 2013
|Wayfare on Freret Street|
This week my story on Lauren Salazar from New Belgium Brewing went up on The Alcohol Professor. This was a fun one to write. She's super cool and fun to hang out with and her love of beer and life is contagious! I also did a writeup of last week's Boudin, Bourbon, & Beer event focusing on the Abita cask ale garden. And there's something cool in the works with a national beer magazine that I can't quite talk about yet, but I'm pretty psyched!
Friday, November 8, 2013
Wednesday, November 6, 2013
On Sunday I had a great opportunity to enjoy the beautiful afternoon (well, beautiful if you weren't watching the Saints game) out on the upper balcony at the Avenue Pub.
Friday, November 1, 2013
|Did a photo shoot at Restaurant August for an upcoming article in Southern Brew News|
Wednesday, October 30, 2013
This one is of the article that I wrote for Houma Point of Vue. Since I won't get my hands on a copy for a couple of days, I was super excited that Joel Ohmer (one of the guys who founded the Bayou Beer Society that I interviewed) sent this to me this morning.
And this evening a friend of mine sent me a picture of some beer signage at Whole Foods that I wrote the copy for. Whole Foods reached out to a bunch of local beer geeks to do these writeups, including me and the friend who sent me the photo.
So much fun!
Friday, October 25, 2013
|Saint Arnold beer dinner at Domenica last week|
This week's Brewsday Tuesday focuses on the two new breweries in Shreveport, Great Raft and Red River, who have just been licensed by the state to start brewing. (NOLA.com also ran a piece on the new Shreveport breweries) I also had a post published about a couple beer dinners happening this week - last night's at Dat Dog and tonight's NOLA Brewing dinner at Delmonico.
Thursday, October 17, 2013
|Garrett Oliver pouring beer at GABF for Brooklyn Brewery|
Thursday, October 10, 2013
This week, for Brewsday Tuesday, I interviewed Wolf Koehler, founder, owner, and brewmaster of the Crescent City Brewhouse in the French Quarter. He's a very interesting guy who is passionate about beer, and has a lot of interesting stories and perspectives. I enjoyed talking to him.
While I'm gone, you can still get tons of news from the beer world, from Drink All The Beers' new news page.
The official presentation of the Louisiana Brew Trail by Lt. Gov. Jay Dardenne caught the attention of the New York Times, which is pretty cool.
An issue close to my heart, an article exploring why chefs seem to be shy to work with craft beer, is up this week. The author asks a lot of good questions, and I hope it leads to further dialogue and education. I'm always up to talk with chefs and restaurateurs about incorporating craft beer in their menu, so please feel free to reach out to me if it's something you're considering but need more info about.
And last but not least, my colleague at the Brewers Association, Julie Herz, put together a list of the top 5 beer bar pet peeves. Seriously, the frosted mug is one of them. At least ASK if I want one before assuming and then I have to shout after you and look like a tool!
See you on the post Denver flip side!
Thursday, October 3, 2013
It's a quiet week for my own work, but here's my second Oktoberfest column in the Gambit. Hope everyone is ramping up for Oktoberfest at Deutsches Haus or checking out the gorgeous Franconian lagers at the Avenue Pub. Prost!
I did notice that Eater NOLA has been sharing many of my stories and calling me the "beer whisperer" which is pretty funny.
There are a bunch of State of Louisiana enforcement shenanigans regarding serving homebrew beer at non-profit/charitable events going on right now. A lot of the activity seems to be in Facebook threads in the Brasseurs a la Maison homebrew club out of Baton Rouge right now, but it seems that the state ATC commissioner is refusing to grant homebrew event permits due to issues of people indirectly paying for their beer as well as health and safety, by enforcing the provisions of the 2010 law that say that homebrew can only be served at homebrew club meetings to homebrew club members. It's a pretty narrow interpretation of the law and there is some hope that through meeting with Commissioner Hebert, this can be resolved. You can check out an online pdf of the law in question here.
The Advocate has been doing some good stuff on the business side of local craft beer. This week they reported on the Covington Brewhouse's new ownership.
Jay Ducote of Bite & Booze does a great overview of Tin Roof's new bottled black double IPA, Rougarou. (I have a bottle of this in my fridge just waiting for me to get past my deadlines to try.)
What does your favorite beer say about you?
Last but not least, I laughed hard at this "Complete Guide to Craft Beer At Your Local Bar." My favorites were: "Barton Bros Something Weird Like Oh I Don't Know Fish Heads Ale" and "Twin Forks Obligatory Red Ale."
Monday, September 30, 2013
I had some really cool experiences during this week, some of which I'll be expanding upon in the near future (either here or other publications). But for right now, here are some highlights:
Thursday, September 26, 2013
|Parish Brewing's Dr. Hoptagon at the Avenue Pub on 9/25|
Super link-a-licious this week. Not only has Louisiana's Craft Brewer Week hit the national press, but a few of my own articles came out as well.
Wednesday, September 25, 2013
Several weeks ago I was contact by North Carolina blogger Bryan Roth, who has been working on what he calls "The Six Pack Project." The idea is to select six beers that are in bottles or cans to properly represent the craft brewing culture of the state of Louisiana.
Tuesday, September 24, 2013
|Andy pouring a pint at the Pub|
Monday, September 23, 2013
Friday, September 20, 2013
Apologies for not getting these out yesterday, but I've been under the weather.
This week was a two-fer for me in the Gambit: my feature article on Louisiana Craft Brewer Week and my regular Brewsday Tuesday column on the Avenue Pub's badass events in the recent past and near future.
I also suggest you investigate my other blog to read about local eatery Salu's Oktoberfest kick off pig roast that's happening tomorrow, Saturday 9/21 for both lunch and dinner.
Also, check this blog out for my writeup on the new NOLA Brewing taproom as well as suggestions as to how to help get the word out about it on national beer sites.
Speaking of NOLA Brewing, Thrillist named it the best craft brewery in Louisiana in their story choosing the best craft brewery for every state.
And also speaking of Louisiana Craft Brewer Week above, Todd Price did a great writeup in NOLA.com in which he spoke with local brewers like NOLA Brewing and Gnarly Barley. Love it!
I am so proud that my friend Dan Murphy, head brewer of Fairhope Brewing in Alabama, is part of this writeup about homebrewers that transitioned to professional brewers. Dogfish Head's Sam Calagione was also profiled, so that's some great company to keep.
In general beer world news, this glossary of craft beer terms is helpful, this article on emerging craft beer culture and its challenges in Mexico is interesting, and the announcement that craft beer has its first billionaire is somewhat mind-blowing. (shout out to Vanessa Gomes for posting these three articles on Facebook earlier this week.)
Next week will be Louisiana Craft Brewer Week, and I will be starting my Oktoberfest coverage in the Gambit. Stay tuned!
Wednesday, September 18, 2013
NOLA Brewing's tap room is now open for business 6 days a week for beer selling and general merriment. It opens at 2pm on the weekdays (except Tuesday, when it's closed) and 11am on the weekends, and closes at around 10pm at night. (You can read more about it here.)
As this is the second tap room opening in the state, and the first on in New Orleans for quite some time now, I'm hoping we can get the word out about it so that it becomes a must-visit stop for anyone in town looking for some fresh, quality beer. In order to do so, we need it to start showing up prominently on beer review sites like RateBeer and Beer Advocate.
So, if you are an active member on either of these sites, go here to RateBeer and here to Beer Advocate and add your two cents. After you've checked out the new tap room, of course.
I've been there three times now- once for the soft open during the last Saints pre-season game, once on their official grand opening, and once for my birthday party. All of those events were well attended and Jen Harvey, the tap room manager, ensured that everything ran smoothly. I'm really excited to have access to NOLA Brewing's one off and experimental brews as well as fresh pints of their regular lineup.
Friday, September 13, 2013
Thursday, September 12, 2013
|The NOLA taproom opened this week!|
I have been keeping busy working on a couple pieces for the Gambit and Where Y'At as well as hustling doing pitches for other publications, which is why I haven't been able to write a blog post about the awesome Bayou Teche beer dinner I had at Sainte Marie Brasserie last week (a week ago today, actually.) I'm really hoping to get that up with some pictures in the near future, because it was pretty kickass. The chef, Kristen Essig, was so warm and welcoming and so excited about the pairings! It was great.
ANYWAY, for your links du jour:
Thursday, September 5, 2013
|My new print column!|
Thursday, August 29, 2013
I also updated my Published Article page, did y'all know that I have that? It's a tab near the top of the page right above my cartoon self banner. There should be more going up in the next couple of weeks...
Tuesday, August 27, 2013
Thursday, August 15, 2013
|Image courtesy of Brian Broussard|
Wednesday, August 14, 2013
Got home from San Francisco in the wee hours, so I'm not quite focused enough to do a thorough summary and analysis, but here are the quick highlights:
Wednesday, August 7, 2013
There's a beer-focused fundraiser (OK, also wine and food) happening in Mandeville on August 23, 7-10pm at Benedict's Plantation (1144 North Causeway Blvd.)
The big news (from my perspective) is that Chafunkta Brewing has announced that they will be debuting a brand new beer at the fundraiser. It's still a mystery right now, but Josh Erickson, head brewer, gave this as a hint: "We wanted to bring our passion for quality, craft beer to a larger audience. We selected a style that, to our knowledge, is not currently being commercially brewed in Louisiana. It's one that we think will appeal to a broader market, but the style is one that still takes quite a bit of care to brew correctly."
Tuesday, August 6, 2013
I'm currently working on a Sweetwater beer review piece for the next Brewsday Tuesday, so keep an eye out for that next week.
I hope everyone had a great IPA Day last week! I ended up enjoying several delicious beers at the Avenue Pub, the highlight being rum barrel-aged Hopitoulas from NOLA Brewing. Then I came home and had a Heady Topper, just because.
Monday, August 5, 2013
|Why yes, I AM!|
(Sign outside Lord Hobo.)
Friday, August 2, 2013
We arrive via bus at the warehouse run by Burke Distributing, a member of the MA Beverage Alliance and sat at one of 14 tables, and waited for the process to begin. I think that the gist of the tasting is best provided via tweets, just to get a feel for it.
Thursday, August 1, 2013
Saturday was the main educational component of the Beer Bloggers Conference. For the entire morning we had sessions like "The Current State of Beer Blogging Survey Results" and "Mechanics of Beer Pouring" while conversing on Twitter. I particularly enjoyed the panel of "industry" bloggers - bloggers and social media gurus working for breweries. It gave an intriguing view of the different paths this blogging thing could potentially lead to, if an independent blogger was interested in making that switch.
Saturday, July 27, 2013
Friday, July 26, 2013
Wednesday, July 24, 2013
Nora was on a plane to Boston at the time, so I attended in her stead. Each course consisted of a smaller portion of hotdog and bun, paired with a 4oz pour of the accompanying beer.
Tuesday, July 23, 2013
My piece on the beer "scene" at Tales of the Cocktail is out today. I can't pretend it was a very prominent part of the experience, but there was a connection between beer and cocktails or brewing and distilling that could be felt, if not seen, most of the time.
Friday, July 19, 2013
Tuesday, July 16, 2013
Friday, July 12, 2013
|Zwanze Day 2011|
Thursday, July 11, 2013
|Jason Comboy, owner of Aline Street Beer Garden, tapping that cask|
|Robert Mingo, of Covington Brewhouse, getting it set up|
|Steadfast bartender Noel dispensing beer.|
|The fruit of everyone's labor|
Monday, July 8, 2013
|Highlight of the last couple of weeks: obtaining this bottle of beer|
I hope everyone had a great Fourth of July week/weekend. After I hit my deadlines early in the week, I pretty much vegged out until today. I'm resting up for what I imagine will be a bit of a crazy couple of months...this is my excuse in advance of why I probably won't be blogging as much as I'd like to.
Thursday, June 27, 2013
Tuesday, June 25, 2013
|Enjoying a pint at the Kent St. Ale House in Brooklyn|
Starting on week 2 of my new adventure of writing professionally about beer full time, I've realized that I need to keep sharing this stuff here. Sure, I've got the Brewsday Tuesday column in the Gambit, and the Southern Brew News column starting in August, and several other irons in the fire. But this blog is where I can express myself in a relatively uncensored fashion and write about anything and everything I want to.
Thursday, June 20, 2013
Tuesday, June 18, 2013
Tuesday, June 11, 2013
In other Louisiana brewery news,
Thursday, June 6, 2013
Monday, June 3, 2013
Thursday, May 30, 2013
Friday, May 24, 2013
I also visited the Wayfare this past week and posted about it on my other blog, Nora in NOLA. Since I didn't drink any beer there, I didn't write it up here, but they do have a great beer selection (especially in bottle/can) so I wanted to call attention to it on this platform as well.
The upcoming weekend and week will be focusing more on fine dining and wine, so that will be an interesting change.
Tuesday, May 21, 2013
Sunday, May 19, 2013
I kid! Although ACBW was a very busy week and I got pretty tired by the end of it, everything was so much fun. Great beers, great people, great general vibe. Yesterday's Grand Tasting at the Avenue Pub was the showcase event of the week, and I think Polly and her amazing staff pulled off a high quality and smooth running event.
Saturday, May 18, 2013
Last night was the St. Charles cask crawl. I showed up a little later than usual at the Avenue (had a meet & greet for Nyx riding members at Finn McCool's right after work.) I headed upstairs to try the Parish Envie cask and ran into fellow drinkin' writer Todd Price from NOLA.com who was celebrating his birthday there! That was very cool to finally meet, since we'd corresponded in email and on social media a bunch but never met in person.
Friday, May 17, 2013
I'm not hungover, and I've been getting a decent night's sleep every night - the precautions I've stuck to have definitely been working. It's like a cumulative exhaustion that gets more and more intense every morning I wake up. I love beer, I love drinking beer, I love talking to people about beer, I love seeing others enjoy beer. I love it more than pretty much anything else. I am still enjoying myself going to events. But I'm tired.
Thursday, May 16, 2013
The Avenue Pub held its "Funky Town" sour beer sampling event. They had ten different sour/wild beers on deck, both served on draft and in the bottle. I bought a sample pour ticket and selected the following four:
Hill Farmstead / Fantome Five Sciences Collaboration.- Tasting Notes: When this beer arrived it was not ready to pour. Shelton brothers told us to cellar it for at least two months to allow the re-fermentation process to complete. Many shops put this beer on their shelves right away so people that tasted it then will have tried a completely different beer. Made with Fantome’s famous wild yeast strains it has subtle grapeskin flavors and a lacing of smoke, strong carbonation and lightly tart. Nora's Notes: A very delicate and subtly complex beer, practically dissolving on the tongue as soon as I took a sip. This was a beer that I would have liked to have more time and ounces to get acquainted with. I definitely got the hit of smoke in this beer, which was a nice part of the flavor profile.
Wednesday, May 15, 2013
Good times last night. The thing about ACBW isn't just the beers that are on display, but it's the event itself. There are people new to beer, brewers, brewery sales reps, industry folks, and beer geeks all coming together to celebrate American craft beer and it's just a lot of fun and the opportunity to listen to and talk with some very cool people. It's part of the celebratory nature of the week, and is incredibly energizing for me.
Tuesday, May 14, 2013
This is the press release in its entirety directly from Karlos Knott, co-owner of Bayou Teche. Has a lot of cool info about the beer, the food, the brewery, and the event itself.
Monday, May 13, 2013
We biked over to the Avenue Pub to partake in the Bayou Teche crawfish boil and Cocodrie launch. Cocodrie is a tripel Belgian IPA and weighs in at 8%. It drinks so beautifully that the guys at Bayou Teche got T shirts to indicate its deliciousness that comes with danger...
- Monday, May 13: Stone Ruination IPA served with an Irish cheese plate
- Tuesday, May 14: Ommegang Abbey Ale with fish & chips
- Wednesday, May 15: Harpoon IPA with truffled chicken
- Thursday, May 16: Green Flash West Coast IPA with baked redfish
- Friday, May 17: Rogue Dead Guy Ale with corned beef & cabbage
- Saturday, May 18: Anchor Steam with bacon & cheese croquettes
- Sunday, May 19: Covington Strawberry Ale with BBQ oysters
Here's the menu:
Sunday, May 12, 2013
Breaking news: Bayou Teche will be providing a sneak peek of their upcoming beer, Miel Savage. It's a high abv (9%) honey braggot. It will be at dba on Frenchmen on Wednesday night.
This beer won't be released for another several months, so go get you some!
Yesterday, the rain held off to ensure the crowds of beer drinkers in the Warehouse District were able to enjoy the offerings from five different bars as part of the Gambit's foray into ACBW, the inaugural FestivALES event. As an attendee, I was relieved at the unexpected break in the weather, but conducted my logistical plans in a manner that would be most efficient in case of downpours.
Monday, May 6, 2013
I've been published in this week's Gambit reporting on ACBW and putting together a calendar of events for the week: behold!
ACBW in New Orleans story ("Coming to a Head.")
Listing of ACBW 2013 events in New Orleans, Metairie, and the Northshore ("Tap That.")
However, I've been getting small bits of changes after my submission deadline and I plan on keeping the listing updated on a special page on this blog. Look at the top of the page above the tiny German beer-drinking Nora and you'll see a tab that says "ACBW 2013 Events." That will bring you to the most complete updated page of events in the area. Spread the word!
Doing a mash and a batch sparge and vorlauf and all that stuff was pretty labor intensive, I kind of almost forgot everything I learned on my first brewday. However! It did all come back to me, more or less, with some gentle reminding. We went to Brewstock to acquire some Maris Otter, Crystal 60, Crystal 120, Pale Chocolate Malt, Black Patent Malt. Aaron was out for the day at Jazz Fest, but the folks there were super helpful and actually measured and crushed the grains for us. Got some Wyeast (liquid smackpack this time!) some Kent Golding for bittering and Simcoe for dryhopping, some sanitizer, and one of those adhesive thermostats so I can better monitor the fermentation temperature this time around.
|Grains before the mashing|
|The general set up - mash tun on the left, brew/boil kettle on the right|
|Having a homebrew while homebrewing|
|Sparging some more...|
|From mash tun to...|
|... boil kettle|
|The Cooling of the Wort|
|Brew days are very exhausting!|
I'm excited to see what happens! Hopefully, something generally delicious.