Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Prepping for LaCBW BRB

Part of NOLA Brewing taproom's awesome mural, created by Monica Kelly (photographed by moi.)

So, occasionally there's something that occurs in the local beer world that I end up needing to cover from several different angles for several different publications. Louisiana Craft Brewer Week is one of those things. It takes place September 18-25 and since there's so much happening - events, beer releases, etc. - it's an opportunity to tell multiple stories on the same general subject. I need to be careful I'm not plagiarizing myself! The fact that one piece is for a publication geared for locals and one is geared for tourists is pretty helpful in that regard.

I am hoping that once we get closer to the week (and things calm down a bit for me, deadline-wise) I will be able to do my online, up-to-date LaCBW schedule on this website for people to consult as they plan their week of locally brewed beer.

I kind of really like LaCBW. It's not as huge and flashy as ACBW, but it quietly but proudly takes a moment to showcase the beer scene here - where it is now, how far it's come, and where it's going. And that's a nice opportunity for all of us - consumers, brewers, bar owners, and even writers - to take stock.

I was asked the other day about my thoughts on there being a brewery/local beer bubble that's going to pop. I really don't think we're in any danger of that happening in the near future (~5 years). People are thirsty for good beer. Will there be a shakeout of mediocre beer as more local beer shows up to provide competition? Sure, but that's not a bubble bursting, that's just brewing Darwinism.

Looking forward to celebrate Louisiana beer and the men and women who make it and get it into our glass.

(Also, I had a weird dream last night that the House of Blues was hosting Zwanze Day and were doing two different sized pours - the regular size and the "ladies size." Man, I woke up so mad. Fortunately, reality set in quickly - Zwanze Day will be at the Avenue Pub on October 1st and should prove to be a great time and well-organized event, as always.)


  1. This time there is a good beer too :)
    teefury , redbubble , threadless.

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