(1020 Erato St.) will host the inaugural Louisiana Hop Festival Thursday, April 20. Brewer-owner Scott Wood says the event is meant to fill the void left by the WYES International Beer Tasting, which ceased operations after its 2014 event. Courtyard’s state retail permit allows Wood to donate proceeds to the Louisiana Craft Brewers Guild, which has not been able to get permission from the Louisiana Office of Alcohol and Tobacco Control (ATC) to hold its own fundraising events.
“We decided to host this Louisiana Hop Festival in order to build awareness for local beer and to showcase our shared dedication to pushing the boundaries of flavor and complexity,” Wood says.
There’s an open invitation for Louisiana manufacturing breweries to send specialty beers, specifically IPAs, Wood adds. He also invites breweries without distribution licenses to collaborate on beers to be served at the event. “In the future, we would like to involve homebrewers, but we didn't have enough time to put that together this year,” he says.
One such collaboration is with Old Rail Brewing Company’s Matthew Horney, who worked with Wood to make a low-alcohol sour IPA with Amarillo, El Dorado and Mosaic hops. Courtyard will provide eight hoppy beers, including Preach! double IPA, made with both Mosaic and Citra as well as a few hazy "Northeast"-style IPAs.
Ten breweries will send beer, and Wood says he’s waiting for more to confirm.
“We're going for quality over quantity with this festival," Wood says. "No macro brands or everyday run-of-the-mill beer. We aim to tap only specialty beers to allow breweries to showcase their talents.”
Admission to the event is free. Beer and food from Turkey and the Wolf, Stein’s Deli & Market and Taylor Made Wings will be available for purchase, as well as commemorative glassware and tasting tokens. Visit LouisianaHopFest.com
or the event’s Facebook page
for more information.