Gordon Biersch's new head brewer Daniel Reynolds has invited the beer community to GBB's "Stammtisch" and beer tapping on August 20, from 5-6pm. Stammtisch is a German term for a large, informal, fun, gathering, and the beer to be released is Big Easy Rye Pale Ale. Reynolds invites other brewers, professional and amateur, to bring their own creations to share and sip as well. "I believe in building a strong bond between brewers in New Orleans and hope events like this will help," says Reynolds.
Last Stammtisch saw brewers from Crescent City Brewhouse, Cajun Fire, homebrew store Brewstock, and local homebrew club Crescent City Homebrewers. "About 60 people showed up," Reynolds says. "We just sit around, hang out, drink each others' beer, and talk about them. It's pretty cool, everyone had a good time."
Also on August 20 is the airing of the New Orleans-themed episode of Esquire Network's "Brew Dogs." Since NOLA Brewing was very involved in the filming of the episode, the release party at its tap room is the place to be. The ep starts at 8pm, but get there early to get a seat. Stay tuned for a Q&A with NOLA's Derek Lintern, the brewer that brought the Brew Dogs to the bayou, to be published next week.
NOLA Brewing is also hosting a beer dinner on Thursday, August 21 at Besh Steak, which is the restaurant's first beer pairing dinner. Courses begin with a course of Bratwurst "Potstickers," which are NOLA Brown Ale-braised choucroute and end with a dark chocolate stout tart with cinnamon caramel and espresso ice cream served with NOLA Irish Channel Stout. The dinner starts at 7pm and costs $75 for four courses. Tickets available online.