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Beer buzz: Brewsiana beer fest and summer beer

Beer event includes more than 20 Louisiana breweries

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House of Blues (225 Decatur St., 504-310-4999; www.houseofblues.com/neworleans) hosts Brewsiana: Craft Beer & Music Festival at 7 p.m. Aug. 19. The event features brews from more than 20 Louisiana breweries, including Abita Brewing Company, Parish Brewing Company in Broussard, Shreveport's Great Raft Brewing and Arnaudville's Bayou Teche Brewing. Newcomers such as Royal Brewery New Orleans also will participate.

  Sexy Dex and the Fresh, Jonathon Boogie Long, Dash Rip Rock and others perform. A special menu features burgers, veggie wraps, shrimp and crawfish nachos, Buffalo chicken poppers, pretzels and more.

  Admission is $10. Admission plus five beer tastings is $20. All-you-can-drink admission is $45, and VIP tickets are $75 and include early admission, unlimited beer and a souvenir. The Foundation Room is open to VIP ticket holders and will feature beer from more breweries, including Mandeville's Old Rail Brewing Company, Parleaux Beer Lab and Broad Street Cider & Ale. Tickets can be purchased on the HOB website.

40 Arpent Brewing Company (6809 N. Peters St., Arabi, 504-444-3972; www.40arpentbrewery.com) will feature beer and barbecue Aug. 19. Sarg's Mobile Smoke House will serve chicken and ribs at the brewery from 5 p.m. to 11 p.m.

NOLA Brewing Company (3001 Tchoupitoulas St., 504-896-9996; www.nolabrewing.com) continues to produce excellent sour beers, most only available at the taproom. Passion Pit, the most recent entry in its Petit Lot series, is a sour made with passion fruit and naranjilla. It's a tart brew with balanced sweetness and acidity. Also available are BOHM, a blood orange, honey and mango sour, and Butterfly in a Hurricane, a barrel-aged sour made with passion fruit and grenadine.

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