The House of Blues (225 Decatur St., 504-310-4999; www.houseofblues.com/neworleans) celebrates New Orleans' burgeoning local brew scene with the Brewsiana Craft Beer and Music Festival at 6 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 27. Now in its third year, the event features more than 30 local beers.
"There are some great craft beers in the area — it's all about local," says House of Blues general manager Robert Rizzuto.
Second Line Brewing celebrates its one-year anniversary and will be joined by 12 local brewers: 40 Arpent Brewing Company, Abita Brewing Company, Bayou Teche Brewing, Chafunkta Brewing Company, Covington Brewhouse, Gnarly Barley Brewing Company, Great Raft Brewing, Mudbug Brewery, NOLA Brewing Company, Parish Brewing Company, Tin Roof Brewing Company and Urban South Brewery.
Representatives will be on hand to talk water, malt, hops and yeast.
"We try to pick more select and seasonal beers, and ask breweries to hold some for us so we can have it at the festival," Rizzuto says.
There will be two stages with music by Robin Barnes, Lost Bayou Ramblers, Gypsy Elise, Jake Landry & The Right Lane Bandits and Kumasi. Tastings and full-beer pours flow across the venue, and patrons can explore the entire space, which includes the Voodoo Garden, music hall (upstairs and downstairs), Foundation Room and the House of Blues Restaurant and Bar. "It's like a circus tent," Rizzuto says.
Interactive crowd games like the "Craft or Crap" blind tasting and "man-boob" tassel twirling contest take place between music sets. There also will be a hot chicken tender eating contest, beer pong and other beer games. Locally produced treats like cigars rolled in Mid-City, Lick Our Pops organic liquor-infused Popsicles and beer bottle cap art also will be for sale.
General admission tickets are $12 or $15 for a wristband that includes five beer pours. Tickets can be purchased at the House of Blues box office or by calling the venue. New this year is the "Booziana" craft cocktail tasting upstairs in the Foundation Room. These cocktails are made from local liquors.
"We want to celebrate because in New Orleans there are a lot of local guys with interesting products," Rizzuto says.