New Belgium Brewing (www.newbelgium.com) introduced its new session IPA called Slow Ride. The brewery sponsors a Slow Ride Slow Crawl on the Northshore on Tuesday, in Lafayette on Wednesday and in Baton Rouge Thursday. The bicycle-focused brewery also is teaming up with local bike club NOLA Social Ride (www.nolasocialride.org) on Jan. 15 for the club's Happy Birthday Ride and raffle drawing. New Belgium will offer samples of Slow Ride at the first stop, Manning's (519 Fulton St., 504-593-8118; www.facebook.com/manningsnola), and at the afterparty at Dat Dog (601 Frenchmen St., 504-309-3362; www.datdognola.com), there will be New Belgium swag, pint specials on Slow Ride, and the opportunity to win a Fat Tire Cruiser bike through the club's Bike Repair Station fundraiser raffle.
NOLA Brewing will team up with San Diego's Stone Brewing to release a collaboration beer in time for Fat Tuesday. In 2012, the two breweries created a hoppy porter called Pour Me Something Mistah and released it during the first weekend of parades. On Saturday, Feb. 14, the two breweries will roll out The Bringer of Destruction at The Avenue Pub (1732 St. Charles Ave., 504-586-9243; www.theavenuepub.com), named for longtime local Stone Brewing sales reprentative Jason Armstrong and rumored to be an Imperial IPA.
The national chain World of Beer recently opened a location in Metairie (4100 Veterans Memorial Blvd., 504-266-2689; www.worldofbeer.com/locations/metairie) that is well stocked with Louisiana craft brews. It will open a Warehouse District location on the 300 block of Julia Street in early summer. — NORA McGUNNIGLE