There are two local beer festivals this weekend. The Bayou Beer Society holds its second annual Bayou Beer Fest
at Southdown Plantation
in Houma. Thibodaux’s soon to open Mudbug Brewery
is the main sponsor, but it will not be able to serve its beer because it doesn't yet have necessary permits. Other sponsors include Chafunkta Brewing Co.
, Crooked Letter Brewing Co.
, 40 Arpent Brewing Co.
, Crescent Crown Distributors and Which Craft? bar.
The event runs from noon to 5 p.m. and is open to attendees who are at least 21 years old. More than 200 beers and ciders will be served, including beer from Red River and Great Raft in Shreveport as well as Yalabusha Testify Imperial Milk Stout, Sierra Nevada Ruthless Rye, Ipswich Oatmeal Stout, Brooklyn Monster Ale and Founders Red Rye IPA. There will be music by Soul Creole, whose fiddler and vocalist, Louis Michot, works for Bayou Tech, and Noc Nu and the Wild Matous, of which Mudbug head brewer Leith Adams is a member. Food will be provided by Cannata’s
, local restaurants and food trucks. Tickets are $35 ($15 for a designated driver ticket) and can be purchased in advance
The Crescent City Homebrewers
holds its annual fundraiser Winterfest, at Deutches Haus
(1023 Ridgewood Drive, Metairie) from 6 p.m-11 p.m. Saturday.
“Winterfest tries to keep a bit of the Oktoberfest spirit going with the food and atmosphere but with a focus on the beer,” Homebrewer member Greg Hackenberg says.
Tickets are $25 in advance and can be purchased at Brewstock
(3800 Dryades St., 504-208-2788), from Crescent City Homebrew Club members or online
. Tickets will be $30 at the door.
Homebrewed beers being served include tripel, blueberry wheat, toasted oat ale, Vietnamese coffee milk stout, Burton on Trent IPA, cucumber saison, blueberry-tangerine, porter, Kentucky common, red IPA, coffee stout, fall pale ale and others.
“Every year’s lineup of beers is different, and the variety can be amazing," Hackenberg says. "This year is no different and at last count we will be serving well over 20 different beers.”
“You really can make commercial quality beer at home, but as homebrewers we are not constrained by details like having to make money," Hackenberg says. "We can produce beers with experimental ingredients and unique combinations of things, or classic styles that are largely unavailable in the US, and even historical recreations — things that you would probably never see on a commercial tap.”
The Bayou Beer Festival will feature more than a dozen homebrews made by brewers from across the state, and there is a homebrew competition. The Brewdats Choice winner will get the opportunity to have a beer label designed by graphic artist and festival co-organizer Joel Ohmer.