Elegant beer dinners are flourishing in New Orleans — if you know where to look.
Shake off the summer doldrums and try a new and exciting beer event this month.
On August 8, Ralph’s on the Park
(900 City Park Ave., (504) 488-1000) is hosting a beer dinner with NOLA Brewing. The four course meal, plus passed hors d’oeuvres, will feature a local fish and jumbo lump crabmeat crudo with Big Shot Pineapple nuoc cham paired with Rebirth Pale Ale; a charcuterie plate with caramelized pork rillette, duck liver mousse, and spent grain pretzel served with Hopitoulas IPA; slow cooked Two Run Farms leg of lamb with an Irish Channel Stout glaze, paired with Irish Channel Stout; and for dessert, beignets made with NOLA Brown Ale, pecan crème Anglaise, and peach and cinnamon panna cotta served with NOLA’s Brown Ale infused with maple syrup and cinnamon.
Hors d’oeuvres (to be paired with the new recipe of Hurricane Saison) will begin at 6:30 p.m. and dinner will start at 7:00 p.m. The dinner is $70 (including tax and tip) and reservations can be made by calling Ralph’s on the Park directly.
The following weekend, get ready to hit the French Quarter with Founders Brewing. Since Founders launched in Louisiana, most of its events in New Orleans have been limited to bars like the Avenue Pub and The Bulldog. Jeff Cathcart, market manager for Founders in Louisiana and Arkansas, said he was looking to do something a little fun and different, so on the afternoon of August 16, Founders is hosting a pub crawl and pool party, starting at 1 p.m.
The crawl will kick off at Johnny White’s Bar on St. Peter St., then move to Yo Mama’s, Finnegan’s Easy, Molly’s at the Market and Erin Rose. Those who last till the end will be given the location of the after-crawl pool party, who can cool off at after wandering the Quarter on a mid-August afternoon. No cost to participate, just show up and buy beers as you go.