Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Baton Rouge Beer Fest! - May 3rd, 2014

Hey everyone, just getting the word out about this upcoming beer event.  If you're looking for something to do Saturday, the inaugural Baton Rouge Beer Fest might be just what you're looking for.  It's being hosted at Leroy's on Nicholson, and food will be provided by Leroy's, City Pork, and Frankie's Dawg House.  Yes, those restaurants are all owned by the same parent company.  Unfortunately there will be no homebrew at this festival, but there are still plenty of reasons to attend: 

  • The last keg of Founders KBS (Kentucky Breakfast Stout) will be tapped, and trust me, this is a world class beer.
  • The Baton Rouge debut of the Saint Arnold Boiler Room Berliner Weisse.
  • Chafunkta Brewing will be in attendance with the Baton Rouge debut of their Kingfish Cream Ale, as well as their other offerings.
  • Crooked Letter will be making their Baton Rouge debut, no doubt including the fantastic Mystery Romp Coffee Porter.
  • Santa Fe Brewing will have some beers their in anticipation for their arrival into the Louisiana market.
  • Southern Prohibition out of Hattiesburg, Mississippi will be in attendance as well, and if you haven't tried their stuff yet, it's pretty damn good.

There will also be plenty of beer from breweries we're used to seeing like Parish, Sweetwater, Tin Roof, Goose Island, Covington, Bayou Teche, Lazy Magnolia, New Belgium, and more. Tickets are available online at the Baton Rouge Beer Fest website.

Thursday, April 10, 2014

NOLA Brewing Launches Rebirth Pale Ale to Benefit Roots of Music

Hey readers... I know I've been slacking lately.  I have no good excuses, just a bunch of lame ones, but here's some good news for all you Louisiana beer fans!  NOLA Brewing will be releasing their latest creation, the Rebirth Pale Ale, next Wednesday the 16th at the brewery tasting room.  Cans in 6-packs will be following sometime this summer, just in time for canoeing and tailgating I hope!  Plus it has a pretty badass tap handle... picture below.

Update: I have confirmation from NOLA's publicist that this beer should be hitting taps in Baton Rouge about a week after the initial release, so late April.  That's exciting!  

Here's the full press release:

NOLA Brewing Introduces Rebirth Pale Ale Benefiting The Roots of Music
Official Release Party Wednesday, April 16
For the past five years, NOLA Brewing Company has been bringing the history and tradition of beer back to New Orleans. Founded on the concept of helping rebuild and develop commerce in post-Katrina New Orleans, the NOLA based brewery offers a variety of beers made with the finest available hops, malts and unique yeast blends.

Continuing in this tradition, NOLA Brewing is proud to unveil its latest brew – Rebirth Pale Ale on draft – benefitting The Roots of Music.  The company’s first pale ale pays tribute to the Rebirth Brass Band while supporting music education for New Orleans’ youth through the non-profit organization, co-founded by Rebirth drummer, Derrick Tabb and Allison Reinhardt.

“We decided to name the brew Rebirth for a number of reasons,” explains Kirk Coco, CEO of NOLA Brewing. “A big part of the meaning comes from the rebirth of the city post-Katrina and being a part of that process. Another is that the Rebirth Brass Band is a shining example of music from our city. We wanted to give back to the community with our beer, and The Roots of Music was a perfect fit – helping kids in the city where music education is vital, and supporting the music everyone at the brewery loves!”

Derek Tabb adds, “We're excited and honored that NOLA Brewing would pick us to represent them in its latest beer, while also supporting an organization that's most near and dear to our hearts.” 

In celebration of the release, the brewery invites imbibers to sample the new beer on Wednesday, April 16 at 5 p.m. in the taproom at 3001 Tchoupitoulas Street.  Admission is free and open to the public (21+up) and will feature complimentary light bites, live entertainment
and $3-$7 beers. In attendance will be the talented kids from The Roots of Music Marching Crusaders along with Derrick Tabb and members of the Rebirth Brass Band.

Rebirth Pale Ale is a sessionable, American-style pale ale that uses five different malt varieties and desirable hops including Cascade, Simcoe and Citra. The pale ale is wonderfully balanced
and its flavorful hop taste and aroma allows for more than one indulgence at a time, coming in at only 5% ABV.

To help raise money for The Roots of Music’s mission to teach, support and empower New Orleans’ youth through music education, a portion of all beer sales at the release party, as well as a portion of ongoing retail sales of Rebirth Pale Ale, will be donated to the organization. Stay tuned for a soon-to-be released 6 pack 12 oz. can set of the Rebirth Pale Ale to debut this summer. For more information on NOLA Brewing visit www.nolabrewing.com.

Interviews with NOLA Brewing or Roots of Music are available upon request.

About The Roots of Music
Co-founded in 2007 by Rebirth Brass Band drummer Derrick Tabb and Allison Reinhardt, with programming beginning in 2008, New Orleans-based non-profit organization, The Roots of Music’s mission is to teach, support and empower New Orleans’ youth through music education, academic support and mentorship, while preserving and promoting New Orleans’ unique musical and cultural heritage.  The Roots of Music provides year-round free music education to low income kids 9-14 years of age aiming to teach students the necessary skills to continue New Orleans’ unique musical tradition.  Free academic and musical instruction is provided, as well as all instruments, transportation and daily hot meals.  The Roots of Music annually serves more than 100 children living all across Orleans Parish and attending over 40 different schools. www.therootsofmusic.org

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Founders Brewing coming to LA this week!

Hey everyone, Founders Brewing out of Grand Rapids, Michigan officially will be in Louisiana starting... well... now.  Avenue Pub already has Founders' All Day IPA on tap and will be tapping some KBS in their upstairs bar at 5.  The Founders KBS (Kentucky Breakfast Stout) is one of the most coveted beers around, so it should go fast.  Before too long look for some Founders beers in Baton Rouge bars and stores, personally I'm really looking forward to some All Day IPA, a great session IPA and perfect for the warm weather we are about to receive.