Since 2013, the Louisiana Craft Brewers Guild has organized a week in September to showcase the state's growing beer industry. With many new and emerging breweries, Louisiana has much to celebrate. Breweries and bars will host festivities Sept. 17-23 to highlight the beer scene.
The Avenue Pub (1732 St. Charles Ave., 504-586-9243; www.theavenuepub.com) regularly serves a selection of beers from Louisiana breweries. Here are a few of the events happening at The Avenue Pub (pictured) during Louisiana Craft Beer Week.
• Sept. 17 Louisiana Craft Beer Week kickoff with Bayou Teche Brewing — Bayou Teche Brewing will serve cochon de lait and boudin and there will be several special Bayou Teche brews on tap.
• Sept. 18 Urban South Frieze Milkshake IPA — The latest in Urban South Brewery's Architecture series, Frieze, will be on tap. In addition to the hazy IPA brewed with lactose, there will be two special versions: one made with strawberry and one made with pineapple.
• Sept. 21 NOLA Brewing Company specials — A lineup of limited-release beers will be on tap, including a Berliner Weisse with mango and guava, a dunkel lager and a new batch of Syncopation IPA.
• Sept. 23 Zwanze Day — Every year, Cantillon brewery in Belgium releases a limited supply of its Zwanze beer to select pubs around the globe, and the kegs are tapped on the same day. The 2017 Zwanze is a two-year-old lambic beer brewed with tea. The Avenue Pub is one of 28 bars in the U.S. that will serve the Zwanze. The keg will be tapped at 2 p.m., and patrons can begin signing up for pours of the beer at 9 a.m.
The pub also will offer a selection of NOLA Brewing's sour brews, such as Humid Nature, made in collaboration with San Diego's Modern Times Beer, and Piety, a cherry sour beer.