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NOLA On Tap Fundraiser Brings Out Best of Local Homebrewers

City Park was awash in suds and pups on Saturday.

The annual LASPCA fundraiser, NOLA On Tap combined 400 beers (both commercially produced and home brewed), thousands of dogs, even more people, and musical acts. Attendees and volunteers got in the spirit with costumes and body paint, and the canine population was just happy when someone dropped a piece of hot dog or roast beef on the ground.

NOLA On Tap had an estimated attendance of 25,000 (an increase of 10,000 people over last year's crowd) and was the site of New Orleans' only BJCP (Beer Judge Certification Program) certified homebrew competition. Out of 60 homebrewers (from all over Louisiana, Mississippi, and Texas) pouring 150 beers and 82 entries submitted for judging, Sticky Foot Brew Co. took first place for its NOLA Breakfast Stout and Half Hearted Brewer took both second and third place for Watermelon Gose and Brewer Dry Hopped Sour Aigre Blanc, respectively.

In addition to the BJCP awards, there were three People's Choice winners. In first place was Long Bridge Brewing's Commuter Chocolate Coffee Stout, second place was Sticky Foot Brewing's NOLA Breakfast Stout, and Crescent City Homebrewer's Club Mili Doskey's Coconut Tsunami took third place. Sticky Foot took home a trifecta of awards, since it also picked up the Best Decorated Booth Award.

In addition to dogs and prizes, other excitement included the "Ask a Beer Guru" tent, where Patrick Brown, proprietor of the upcoming beer bottle shop 504 Craft Beer Reserve on Tulane Avenue availed himself to answer any attendee's beer questions.

Also, the "Twenty Ta-tas" of the Crescent City Homebrew Club provided a demonstration of a Finnish sahti style beer so that the crowd could see how the magic was made. This all-lady team illustrated the sweaty, hard work brewing actually is.

Local brewers mingled with the crowd near the tents that served their beers as well as in the VIP tent. Food vendors like Dat Dog, Velvet Cactus, and Ajun Cajun Ninja provided the vittles to sop up the beer.

By the time the Honey Island Swamp Band closed the festival out, there were lots of pooped pups and humans who could feel great about drinking beer for a good cause. The rough numbers (subject to change upward) is that NOLA On Tap raised over $260,000 (up from $206,000 last year.)