Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Official Start to ACBW - Monday, 5/13

And... we're off! (officially) Although the official span of ACBW is May 13-19, the weekend preceding had several fun events. But Monday is when things get real.

Southern Tier rollout - hope you all made it because Pumking is gone. My personal favorite of the 6 was Live, which was a lovely, unassuming, subtle, and drinkable pale ale. The Creme Brulee was a bit of a surprise, it was less sweet on the palate than I'd anticipated. Quite sweet on the nose though. Ran into the rep from Schmaltz Brewing who is in town for ACBW and he let me know that Schmaltz had just cut the ribbon on their own brewery and will be doing all kinds of experiments and fun stuff, including doing on-site distilling. Keep an eye on 'em up in New York State.

Southern Tier's Hop Sun - their wheat beer. Nice bitterness on finish

Creme Brulee stout - lives up to its name

the Live Pal Ale
After that, it was off to the Louisiana Craft Beer Collective meetup at Dat Dog on Magazine Street. The management of Dat Dog was so great and supportive about working with craft beer enthusiasts - I highly recommend checking them out for a dog and a beer next time you are in the area. Their bottle list is quite intriguing and comprehensive. Keith from Abita showed up to hang out and bought me a Lemon Wheat. Folks from the local homebrew and other various and sundry beer geeks also showed up. There were quite a lot of beers that were shared, including Double DBA from Firestone Walker, Dogfish Head 75 Minute IPA, Troeg's Nugget Nectar, and the Bruery's Smoking Wood. Hanging out on a beautiful evening on Dat Dog's patio, mingling with each other and drinking great beers- it was a wonderful time.

We ended our night celebrating Parish Brewing on the patio of the Bulldog Uptown with pitchers of Envie and tastes of the Farmhouse IPA. And thus brought the celebration to a close, to go to sleep, so that one can get up and do it again today.

On tap today for ACBW!

Abita Brew Pub (72011 Holly St., Abita Springs, 985-892-5837; www.abitabrewpub.com)
6 p.m.-8 p.m. — Two Abita casks available: Belgian Style Golden Ale cask & Vanilla Double Dog cask

Avenue Pub
5 p.m. — Beer & Its Bourbon - Bourbon Barrel Aged beers with a side of the Bourbon in whose barrels they are cellared. Including: Against the Grain Bo & Luke w/ Pappy Van Winkle 12 yr; Brooklyn Cuvee Elijah Ghost Bottles w/ Elijah Craig 12 yr; Bayou Teche Biere Joi Lagnaippe Edition (coffee Dubbel spiked with Chile d'arbols and cacao nibs aged in Jack Daniels barrels) w/ Jack Daniels; Northcoast Old Rapsutin Barrel Aged w/ Heaven Hill; Abita Bourbon Barrel Turbo Dog w/ Buffalo Trace; Lazy Magnolia Southern Gentleman w/TBD; Schmaltz Rejewvantor w/ Sazerac Rye; NOLA Brewing Old New Orleans Rum 10-yr rum barrel aged Irish Channel Stout w/ONOR.

7 p.m. — Special selection of bottle pours.

Barley Oak
7 p.m. - NOLA Night with Citra Hop Randall Nola Blonde. On draft: Hopitoulas, Irish Channel Stout, Flambeau, Mechahopzilla

Bulldog Mid-City
6 p.m. — NOLA Brewing Irish Channel Stout aged in Old New Orleans Rum barrels.
8 p.m. — West Coast Tap Takeover featuring special releases from Rogue, Moylan’s, Sierra Nevada, Stone, and Green Flash.

Bulldog Uptown
6 p.m.-8 p.m. — Ommegang special release of Iron Throne, the beer inspired by HBO’s Game of Thrones.
8 p.m. — East Coast Tap Takeover featuring brews from Brooklyn, Harpoon, Ommegang, and Shmaltz.

Irish House
Small plate pairing, $11. Ommegang Abbey Ale with fish & chips

Mellow Mushroom Covington (1645 U.S. 190, Covington, 985-327-5407; www.mellowmushroom.com/store/covington)
6 p.m.— Chafunkta night

I'll be at the Bulldog Mid City to try a pint of the NOLA Irish Channel Stout aged in Old New Orleans Rum barrels and then heading over to the Beer & Its Bourbon event to strategically enjoy a few of the pairings before retiring at a reasonable hour to prepare for tomorrow's events!

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