Bugs & Brew For Drew on April 20

I haven't mentioned much about this, since everything's just beginning. But I've been working alongside other beer nerds to create a nonprofit that will promote New Orleans and Louisiana craft beer and craft beer culture. It's called the Louisiana Craft Beer Collective. You can find us on Facebook and Twitter, and a website with more on our mission will be coming soon.

While exploring this idea, I got together with Conrad Rolling, the Executive Director of the Louisiana Craft Brewers Guild. The Guild is the professional organization representing the brewers in the state and their interests. (Keep an eye out for them opening their membership up to "enthusiasts" which is non-professional member category.)

When talking to Conrad about potential partnership opportunities, he told me about his connection with the local fundraiser "Bugs and Brew For Drew" which is held annually to benefit the Drew Rodrigue Foundation, which has the mission to "change the lives of individuals who have stared their adversities in the face and have bravely decided to suit up and march onto the playing field of life and show others that giving up is not an option." Besides the cause being close to Conrad's heart personally, as ED of the Brewers Guild, he was excited to share that the event this year (April 20, 2013) will provide beers from all seven Louisiana breweries - and ONLY beers from Louisiana breweries. Also tastings from local homebrewers!

The seven breweries are: Abita, Bayou Teche, Chafunkta, Covington, NOLA Brewing, Parish, and Tin Roof. They will be providing beers served from kegs and each brewery will be providing a cask ale for the event's cask ale garden!

I have been looking forward to a cask focused event like this since moving down here. Confirmed casks so far:

  • Bayou Teche will be bringing a cask of Bec Francaise, which is a Louisiana style pale ale that was dry hopped with beaucoup hops imported from Alsace France. The hops are Bouclier, Triskel, and Aramis.
  • Covington is providing a cask of Pontchartrain Pilsner that was dry hopped with Citra and Glacier hops, aged with toasted oak chips and primed with honey from the head brewer’s personal beehive.
  • NOLA is bringing a cask of Irish Channel Stout with Centennial hops and primed with Brown Ale 1st wort.
  • Parish is providing a cask of Canebrake that has been dry-hopped.

Here's the scoop about the rest of the event, as provided to me in a handy-dandy press release.

Where: River City Plaza at Mardi Gras World

When: April 20, 2013, 11:00am-5:00pm

Who/What: Crawfish enthusiasts, local breweries, and musicians come together to support the fight against cancer.

  • Crawfish competition with over fifty teams
  • Local music, including Papa Grows Funk, Honey Island Swamp Band, Johnny Sketch, and Stone Rabbits
  • Admission to the festival is FREE. Advance VIP tickets can be purchased online for $50 until April 15 at www.bugsandbrew.com, or after April 16, for $60. Also known as the Cajun Pass, this ticket allows you to eat and drink all day. Separate drink and food tickets will also be sold at the event.
  • Entertainment for kids
  • Raffle supported by local businesses
I'll definitely be there, pouring beers and eating crawfish! Can't wait to hear about the casks the other Louisiana breweries will be bringing. If I find out, I'll post about it.

Oh, also there will be a Bugs & Brew meet and greet at the Bayou Beer Garden THIS THURSDAY (4/11) where you can buy tickets, enjoy a beer or two, and talk to the folks behind the event and the foundation! Check out the event on Facebook for more details