Brewsday Tuesday: Jester King and Crooked Stave Beers hit New Orleans


Crooked Stave Artisan Beer Project's taproom in Denver. - NORA MCGUNNIGLE
  • Crooked Stave Artisan Beer Project's taproom in Denver.

Austin farmhouse brewery Jester King will pour Ambrée, a tart farmhouse amber and Black Metal, an imperial stout, at the upcoming Nuit Belge beer and food pairing Feb. 26. The beers will be paired with cheeses from St. James Cheese Company, including Charmoix, a raw Belgian cow milk cheese and Pecorino La Pecora Nera, a raw sheep’s milk cheese from Tuscany.

The relationship between the brewery and Nuit Belge organizer Matthew Leff — strengthened by Avenue Pub (1732 St. Charles Ave., 504-586-9243) owner Polly Watts’ friendship with Jester King founder Ron Extract — also created an opportunity for the Avenue Pub to serve Jester King’s beer on Wed. Feb. 24 and Thu. Feb. 25.

The beers all will be poured from bottles, and include Wytchmaker farmhouse rye IPA, Provenance citrus saison, and Vulgar Affectation, brewed with lemon beebalm and horehound,.

The Pub’s consulting chef, Nathanial Zimet, will provide small plates to complement each beer, and St. James will be on hand with cheese pairings. Once the event ends Thursday night, there will be no more Jester King available at all —- even if there are bottles left over.

Crooked Stave’s appearance in New Orleans is a similar story. Nuit Belge will be serving two exclusive beers with its raw seafood bar provided by Murder Point Oyster Company - L'brett d'cherry and Progenitor. Crooked Stave will also send beer to the Avenue Pub and Courtyard Brewery (1020 Erato St.).

“This is a one-time shot as far as we know from Crooked Stave. It was originally just for Nuit Belge, but I had a relationship with them prior to this and when they told me this was coming, I asked for them to send additional items and they went to work to make it happen,” Courtyard Brewery owner Scott Wood says.

The Avenue Pub will serve a preview of its Crooked Stave beer on Saturday, February 20, starting at 1 p.m. Wood plans to tap the beer upon its arrival.

Watts notes that Nuit Belge sharing the allocation of these hard-to-find beers is not something she's seen often in the business. Leff says exposing consumers to unique beer opportunities is part of his mission. 

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