Monday, May 13, 2013

ACBW Pregame Day #2 - Sunday 5/12 report (and a list of events on Monday 5/13)

Sunday was a glorious spring day after the rain and humidity of the few days preceding it. A little cool for a May day in New Orleans, but that made it perfect.

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...

Brewer Gar models the Cocodrie Tshirt (standing next to August's bar manager Robert Wailes)


Looks so innocent, doesn't it?
Bayou Teche also had an excellent cask of their Saison d'Ecrevisses dryhopped with New Zealand Motueka and Alsatian Aramis hops. That came out amazingly well.

I drank a couple pints while enjoying crawfish, as expertly boiled by the Bayou Teche team. It was a great pairing, because that's what the saison was specifically brewed to complement.

Derek from Bayou Teche doing his crawfish kettle curls

secret boil ingredient: Brussels sprouts! SO GOOD.
After crawfish, the Bayou Teche guys brought out a bottle of their Mello Joi dubbel that's been bourbon barrel aged with chile arbol and cocoa nibs. Gar says it's the best beer he's ever brewed. It was excellent. Nuanced and complex. Unusual ingredients that didn't overwhelm the palate. Balanced, delicious, and harmonized. I strongly suggest checking it out. It will be at the Louisiana Craft Beer Collective bottle share meet & greet tonight at Dat Dog as well as part of the "Beer & Its Bourbon" event tomorrow night at the Avenue Pub.

We tore ourselves away to bike down Prytania to check out the St. Arnold's event at the Aline Street Beer Garden. We were able to catch Nicole from St. Arnold and Jason from the Beer Garden for a bit, and we chatted over free Saint Arnold Santo black Kolsch beers. (their traditional Kolsch Lawnmower Beer was also free.)

So far, ACBW is going well - and it's only officially starting today!

On the agenda today:

Monday May 13

Avenue Pub
3 p.m. — Southern Tier Rolls out in Louisiana with 2 Time IPA, Live, Pumking, Creme Brulee, Oat, Mokah, and Hope Sun (Bottle Pour).

Barcadia (601 Tchoupitoulas St., 504-335-1740;
7 p.m. — NOLA Brewing Blonde dry hopped with Citra hops on cask.

Barley Oak (2101 Lakeshore Dr., Mandeville, 985-727-7420;
7 p.m. — Lazy Magnolia/Bayou Teche Night
Lazy Mag Pin: Timber Beast with Spanish Cedar Chips and lightly dry hopped with Simcoe Hops; Draft: Jefferson Stout
Bayou Teche Firkin: Dry Hopped Cocodrie triple IPA; Draft: Cocodrie IPA, LA 31 Biere Pale, Saison d'ecrivisses

Bulldog Mid-City (5135 Canal Blvd., 504-488-4191;
5 p.m.-7 p.m. — Lazy Magnolia “Southern Date Night” featuring Southern Belle and Southern Gentleman.

Bulldog Uptown (3236 Magazine St., 504-891-1516;
8 p.m.-10 p.m. — Parish Brewing night features releases of Parish Envie and their rare Farmhouse IPA.

Columbia Street Tap Room (434 N. Columbia St., Covington, 985-898-0899;
6 p.m.-8 p.m. — Two Abita casks available: Buffalo Trace Turbodog cask & Belgian Style Golden Ale cask; free Abita glassware.

Dat Dog (3336 Magazine St., 504-324-2226;
6 p.m.-8 p.m. - Meet the Louisiana Craft Beer Collective! Join the members of the newly formed nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting craft beer culture in New Orleans and Louisiana. Buy a dog and/or a beer, chat, and try some hard to find craft beers that they will be bringing to share.

Irish House (1432 St. Charles Ave., 504-595-6755;
Small plate pairing, $11. Stone Ruination IPA served with an Irish cheese plate

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