The Emeril Lagasse Foundation's fifth annual Boudin, Bourbon & Beer (www.boudinbourbonandbeer.com) fundraiser is at Champions Square from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Friday, Nov. 13. Sponsor Abita Brewing Company provides all the beer to wash down different types of boudin from 50 local and visiting chefs. Buffalo Trace provides whiskey.
In addition to Abita's regular lineup and the Bourbon Street Barrel Series (including Coffee Stout, Maple Pecan and Baltic Porter), there is a cask beer garden featuring unique specialty beers such as Fresh Hop Wrought Iron IPA, Barrel Aged Pecan and Spruce Christmas.
Tickets are $99 and available on the event website.
Mudbug Brewery sponsors the Bayou Beer Festival at Southdown Plantation (1208 Museum Drive, Houma, 985-851-0154) from noon to 5 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 14. The event is hosted by the Houma nonprofit Bayou Beer Society (www.bayoubeersociety.org), which donates proceeds to local veterans' organizations. Co-founder Joel Ohmer says the festival has raised more than $15,000 in the past two years.
The festival offers more than 300 beers, plus brews crafted by more than 30 local homebrewers. Mudbug will unveil a specialty beer for the occasion: Bourbon Barrel Aged Imperial Chocolate King Cake Stout. Mudbug Brewery's co-founder and head brewer Leith Adams says, "We will have a full Crescent Crown trailer just for Mudbug — that's 10 taps serving anything and everything Mudbug."
Brewers also will provide entertainment. Adams plays drums for Nonc Nu & Da Wild Matous, and Bayou Teche Brewing employee Louis Michot's Lost Bayou Ramblers also performs.
Advance tickets are $30 and can be purchased on the Bayou Beer Society website.