Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Fun Photos of My Work in the Wild

Just a quickie post to share a couple of pictures of my writing out in the world!

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

TGIF and catching up

Saint Arnold beer dinner at Domenica last week
I've got a new post up on The Alcohol Professor about my GABF experience. It's been a while since I had the opportunity to contribute to them, but hopefully I'll have more stuff published there soon. Almanac Brewing's founder Jesse Friedman also published a post about a brewer's take on GABF, which was cool.

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. ( 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

post-GABF links

My time in Denver for GABF was incredible and overwhelming and SO MUCH. I went to some great places while there: Euclid Kitchen (where we had lunch our first day and went to a great Deschutes "carnival"), Great Divide, Falling Rock, Freshcraft, Hogshead, Hops & Pie, and Lucky Pie Pizza & Tap Room. There were special promotions from breweries, especially Colorado breweries. I got a lot of info from friends and colleagues, and also this website. I'll hopefully be publishing my adventures in more detail shortly, so I'll be sure to link that next week.

Garrett Oliver pouring beer at GABF for Brooklyn Brewery

Thursday, October 10, 2013

Links from another time and place

I'm putting this list of links together early so that I don't have to worry about dropping the ball while I'm out of town in Denver for the Great American Beer Festival. I am SO EXCITED. I should be on my way to Fort Collins to visit the New Belgium Brewery by the time you read this on Thursday.

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

Your Regularly Scheduled Thursday Links

Happy Thursday!

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."