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.
Sunday, May 5, 2013
|View from the Barley Oak balcony|
|Summer the cutie pie puppy!|
|The beautifully poured Old Ray|
|Stone's Enjoy By! Hooray! (been looking for bottles of this for weeks)|
|Josh and Jamie Erikson from Chafunkta and me in my awesome new Chafunkta T-shirt|
Also, I have discovered that Chafunkta will be unveiling a new beer at the WYES Private Beer Sampling on Friday, June 21. Josh wouldn't tell me what it is, but I will hopefully find out once his test batch comes out. So stay tuned!