Beer bars Avenue Pub and Ale on Oak are welcoming winter with whiskey events throughout December, starting this week.
Ale will be starting a whiskey and beer pairing series on Thursday, all featuring Angel's Envy bourbon, paired with a local regional brewery. On December 3, Bayou Teche is providing the only keg of Papa Charley banana, peanut butter, and chocolate porter in New Orleans, which will be cask conditioned as well as a keg of Miel Sauvage on draft.
"We wanted to do something other than your typical beer party/pint night giveaway. Don't get me wrong, I always love pint night," Ale owner Pat Winters says, "but I wanted to have a whiskey event at ale this winter."
On December 10, the pairing brewery will be Saint Arnold, who is bringing a cask of dry-hopped Elyssa IPA, and on December 17, Southern Prohibition will have a cask of its Devil's Harvest pale ale dryhopped with Calypso and Galaxy hops.
A pint paired with a 3/4 ounce of Angel's Envy will run from $7-10, depending on the beer.
The Avenue Pub has amassed enough private reserve barrel whiskey to get them through a zombie apocalypse (according to their Facebook event page.) On December 10, they'll be dipping into their six different private reserve barrel-aged beers (Four Roses single barrel, Four Roses barrel strength, Old Forrester single barrel, Russell's Reserve single barrel, 1792 single barrel, and Buffalo Trace single barrel.)
Customers can sip on the different whiskeys if they choose, but there will be mini-versions of the Pub's blood orange old fashioned cocktails that will showcase the difference between the different barrels.
In the meantime, head over to the Pub on Saturday for their Repeal Day celebration, which will feature folks from the distillery hanging out with giveaways and tastings of the Pub's Old Forester Private Barrel, as well as Sinatra and Old Forester 1897.