ACBW Wednesday - We're in the thick of it now!

The upstairs offerings of last night's Barrel Aged night at the Avenue Pub
(photo courtesy of the Avenue Pub's FB page)

Got out yesterday to the Avenue Pub for the barrel aged event, and it was MAD JAM PACKED. Literally, the line for the upstairs bar's beers went out the door and down the stairs. I was able to grab an Evil Twin Double Barreled Jesus (though I was wondering if Evil Twin counts as American Craft Beer) and an Against The Grain London Balling barleywine aged in "Angel's Share" barrels previously used to age ruby port wine. It was a pretty interesting beer. I also got a chance to try one of Bayou Teche's special ACBW beers, Coteau Rodaire. I liked it a lot- it's a farmhouse/saison style aged in French Sauvignon Blanc barrels. Little bit of funk, very drinkable, but with a pleasant complexity.

Drinking on the patio at the Bulldog with the Gnarly Barley brewers, distributors, and well wishers
(photo courtesy of Gnarly Barley's FB page)

I also went to the Bulldog on Canal for the New Orleans debut of Gnarly Barley. They had two versions of their Catahoula Common on draft - the regular one and a special version dryhopped with Columbus hops. They were both quite tasty. Looking forward to trying the Radical Rye on Friday, too. Many congrats to Zac and Cari Caramonta, who I know have been pushing really hard to get their beer ready for ACBW. So glad to be able to celebrate with you guys this week!

FYI, there was a Catahoula dog at the Bulldog hanging out - I guess his owners heard the name of the beer and knew they had to come out and support it. Heh.

Yesterday, I put together a map for Eater New Orleans that identifies the top 5 places to get your beer AND food on this week for ACBW. Check it out!

Also, this week's Brewsday Tuesday in the Gambit covers what's brewing with New Orleans brewpubs - Crescent City Brewpub and Gordon Biersch - these days.

Re the Gordon Biersch news, I have a slight correction, which I found out after publication - the Summerbrau Fest release will be on June 2, and they are adding a couple more "meet the new brewer" events this month:
  • May 22 3:00-5:00pm-Brewer's Happy Hour. (New GB brewer) Daniel will be joining guests for Happy Hour and discussing Gordon Biersch's handcrafted beer. 
  • May 29 3:00-5:00pm-Brewery Tours. Daniel will be giving brewery tours and explaining the process of how to brew beer to guests. He will also be handing out samples.

On that note, let's take a look at what's happening tonight! I'm hoping to get out to the Avenue Pub's Funk Night if I can.

Avenue Pub
  • 5pm - Funk Night - Saisons, sours, lacto and brett infused American beers: The Bruery Tart Of Darkness; The Bruery Hottenroth Berliner Weiss; The Bruery Sour in the Rye (may not arrive in time); Terrapin Barrel Aged Monks Revenge; Saint Arnold Bishop’s Barrel #2 (Sour Cherries Aged In Red Wine Barrels); Terrapin Maggies Peach Saison; Stone Tiger Cub Saison Aged In Chardonnay Barrels; Jolly Pumpkin Maracaibo; Jolly Pumpkin Baudelaire iO Red Saison (Hibiscus); Parish Brewing Milton Teagle Jr, Jr (Very Small Batch Mixed Fermentation With Cherries & Black Current Aged In Pinot Noire Barrels); Lazy Magnolia Song of the South Berliner Weiss; Santa Fe Single Barrel Aged Sour; Sweetwater 17th Anniversary; Sierra Nevada Ovila Saison
Barcadia (601 Tchoupitoulas St., New Orleans, (504) 335-1740;
  • 7pm New Belgium - Fat Tire, 1554, Lips of Faith sampling and glassware to be passed out. 
Barley Oak
  • 7pm - Abita Beer "Throwback Night" with Amber, Purple Haze, Golden, Andygator, and Turbodog. Also, Abita Barrel Aged Baltic Porter and Terrapin Maggies & Moonray.
Buffalo Wild Wings (Veterans)
  • 6pm - Georgia Night. Featuring Sweetwater Brewing Company and Terrapin Beer Co. We will be tapping a keg of Terrapin’s Maggie’s Peach Farmhouse Ale as well as a special surprise keg from Sweetwater.
Buffalo Wild Wings (Clearview)
  • 6pm - Georgia Night. Featuring Sweetwater Brewing Company and Terrapin Beer Co. We will be tapping a keg of Terrapin’s Maggie’s Peach Farmhouse Ale as well as a special surprise keg from Sweetwater.
Bulldog Midcity
  • 6pm - Abita Imperator Black IPA cask.
  • 8pm - Sam Adams Honey Queen and Tasman Red
Bulldog Uptown
  • 6pm - Southern IPA Night with Tin Roof, Bayou Teche, and Sweetwater. Featured beers: Juke Joint IPA, Sweetwater IPA and Hoppy Jindal IPA 
  • 8pm - Gnarly Barley Brewing’s Catahoula Common Ale
The Chimes Covington
  • 6:30pm - 2nd Annual Southern Craft Beer Dinner. Five courses, starting with hogs head cheese with homemade chow chow and beer mustard with North Coast La Merle, Creole Cream Cheese with New Orleans Style BBQ Shrimp with Ommegang Game of Thrones Fire and Blood, Chicken Wing Confit with Corn Pudding alongside Saint Arnold Divine Reserve #14, Sweet Tea and Peach Braised Pork slider with Smoked Potato Salad paired with New Belgium Le Terroir, and finishing with Blueberry Cobbler and North Coast Class of '88 Barleywine. $50 plus tax.
Columbia Street Tap Room

  • 6pm - Covington Brewhouse/Mystic Krewe of Brew Milk Stout Collaboration Tapping

d.b.a. (618 Frenchmen St., (504) 942-3731;
  • 6pm - 40 Arpent: Delacroix and Milk Stout. New Belgium: Summer Helles and Snapshot. The Tin Men play at 7pm, no cover.
Evangeline (329 Decatur St., New Orleans)
  • 5pm - Featured beer: Saint Arnold TBD
Gordon Biersch 
  • 4:00-6:30pm - $6 GB cheeseburger with purchase of craft beer at happy hour.
Lager’s International Ale House (3501 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, (504) 887-9923;
  • 6pm - Sam Adams Blueberry Hill, Porch Rocker, and Honey Queen
Old Rail Brewing Company
  • 7pm - Limited Release of Dark Territory Russian Imperial Stout 
Mellow Mushroom Northshore
  • 5:30pm - Bingo Night with NOLA - featured beers: Rebirth and Hopitoulas
  • 7pm - Chafunkta-Old Rail Collaboration, Off The Tracks
    NOLA Tap Room (3001 Tchoupitoulas St., (504) 301-0117;
    • 7pm - An evening of beer & cheese with our hosts Justin Trosclair of St. James Cheese Company & Derek Lintern of NOLA Brewing. $25 for five cheeses and five beers.
    Which Craft? (279 Enterprise Drive Suite A, Houma)
    • 5pm - 40 Arpent Brewing special keg of Delacroix with Sorachi Ace hops and Sriracha