NOLA Brewing at Hogs for the Cause and a Pilsner Urquell event


NOLA Brewing has been a Hogs for the Cause sponsor since the event's inception.
  • NOLA Brewing has been a Hogs for the Cause sponsor since the event's inception.

NOLA Brewing has been a sponsor of the pig-roast and music festival Hogs For the Cause since it began. The brewery is producing a special beer for the seventh edition, which takes place at New Orleans City Park's festival grounds March 27-28.

Called Hog Tied, the beer is a 5 percent alcohol by volume (ABV) Belgian wit, or wheat style, brewed with coriander and satsuma peel. It will be available at the Moroccan Roll gala fundraising dinner Thursday, March 26, as well as in the festival's NOLA Bier Garden on Friday and Saturday.

“It’s easy to drink and a little light,” NOLA Brewing president Kirk Coco says. “Obviously, at Hogs, there’s a lot of food involved, so this is a style that’s lighter but still has a little bit of complexity.”

Hogs for the Cause features more than 85 teams slow roasting and barbecuing whole hogs, and there are awards for best whole hog, best sauce and best creative use of pork in a dish. The music lineup includes Drive By-Truckers, Strand of Oaks, Tab Benoit, The Soul Rebels and others. The festival raises funds to support families with a child with pediatric brain cancer.

Coco says there are no plans to distribute Hog Tied beyond the Hogs for the Cause events, but he doesn't rule it out as a future release.

There also is a special new beer-drinking experience this week. Pilsner Urquell has sent a fresh, unfiltered, unpasteurized version of its classic pilsner to World of Beer (4100 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 504-266-2689) to be tapped Thursday, March 12. This keg was filled in the brewery cellar in Plzen, Czech Republic and is a far cry from the beer usually exported here. Having tried this beer before, I highly recommend that pilsner lovers head to World of Beer Thursday.

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