Welcome to American Craft Beer Week - it's Jazz Fest, Mardi Gras, and the Superbowl of craft beer rolled into one. There are events all over the city, the state, and the country. You can check out the full schedule of events over here, but we've also brought you a handy map of all the beer and food events happening at area restaurants, brewpubs, and beer bars.
We've got beer dinners, beer brunches, beer and oysters, beer and food specials, and free food while drinking beer. ACBW is truly a magical time. Scroll below the map to get more details on the events.
Under the management of Shane Waller, The Chimes in Covington has stepped up its game with two different beer-food pairing events this week. On Wednesday, 5/14, at 6:30pm, the Northshore restaurant will be offering a beer dinner showcasing beer pairings like hogs head cheese with homemade chow chow and beer mustard with North Coast La Merle, Creole Cream Cheese with New Orleans Style BBQ Shrimp with Ommegang Game of Thrones Fire and Blood, Chicken Wing Confit with Corn Pudding alongside Saint Arnold Divine Reserve #14, Sweet Tea and Peach Braised Pork slider with Smoked Potato Salad paired with New Belgium Le Terroir, and finishing with Blueberry Cobbler and North Coast Class of '88 Barleywine. Tickets are $50
On Thursday (5/15) at 6:30, The Chimes is offering an evening of Abita and oyster pairings with Amber and raw oysters; Andygator and regular charbroiled; Turbodog and BBQ oysters; Select Tripple Haze and special charbroiled oysters; and Spring IPA and Oysters Rockafellar $30 plus tax.
Whenever the folks from Bayou Teche Brewing are around, there's always food. They brew their beer to complement Cajun cuisine, so it's no surprise that at their events like Thursday's tap takeover at dba, they bring a pot of something homemade and delicious to share, like jambalaya and gumbo. Louis Michot, member of the Bayou Teche Brewing team, brings his band Soul Creole to entertain the crowd while drinking some special, never-to-be-seen again Bayou Teche beers and eating some free Cajun food.
On Friday (5/16) starting at 6pm, New Belgium and Crescent Pie and Sausage are teaming up to provide a $35 three course pairing menu which will consist of: Hors d'oeuvres of Shift lager paired with cheese and accouterments; for the first course, choice of 1: Summer Salad of Sweet corn, Tomato and Watermelon with Hot Kumquat cane Vinaigrette served with Snapshot; or Grilled Chicken Andouille Served over Sweet Corn Succotash, Dill mustard Cream served with Fat Tire. And for the second course, choice of 1: Pan Seared Gulf Fish, Field Peas, Lardo and Shellfish Butter, served with Summer Helles; or Lamb Goulash, Stewed Tomato Black Lager Lamb with Gravy and Root Vegetables, served with 1554 Black Lager.
Gordon Biersch on Poydras Street is offering various beer/food specials offered throughout the week: on Wednesday between 4:00-6:30pm, you can get a GB cheeseburger for $6 with the purchase of a beer (which is half price during happy hour); all day on Saturday, get an order of their famous garlic fries and a large beer for $10; and on Sunday, get baby brats and a beer for $10. Although not during ACBW, Gordon Biersch has launched a monthly beer dinner, which will be on May 27 this month starting at 7pm, $35 for four courses.
On Saturday, the Uptown Bulldog is hosting a Founders KBS Brunch from 10am-noon. According to manager Joey Knesel, the tickets are on sale at the Uptown Bulldog location for $39 each, and is limited to 60 participants. They are using their breakfast stout in their Belgian waffle recipe. Other food includes sausage, eggs, and bacon accompanied by a beer flight of Founders Kentucky Breakfast Stout, Porter, Centennial IPA, and Dirty Bastard. All attendees will take home glassware, and the first ten purchases will receive a free Founders t-shirt.Read More