PHOTO BY MARK BURLET
NOLA Brewing Company offers Passion Pit sour ale at its tap room.
Summer can creep by slowly in New Orleans, but there's no shortage of beer events and new cold brews to help pass the time.
The House of Blues
(225 Decatur St., 504-310-4999) hosts Brewsiana: Craft Beer & Music Festival at 7 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 19. The event features brews from a roster of more than 20 Louisiana breweries, including Abita
Brewing Company, Parish Brewing
Company, Great Raft Brewing
and Bayou Teche
Brewing. Newcomers such as Royal Brewery
New Orleans also will participate. There's a special menu for the event, featuring a burger, veggie wrap, shrimp and crawfish nachos, Buffalo chicken poppers, pretzels and more.
Admission to Brewsiana is $10. Admission plus five beer tastings is $20. All-you-can-drink admission is $45, and VIP tickets are $75 and include early admission (6 p.m.), all the beer you can drink and a souvenir. VIP also allows access to the Foundation Room, where there will be beer from several non-distributing breweries, including Mandeville's Old Rail
Brewing Company, Parleaux Beer Lab
and the recently opened Broad Street Cider & Ale
Sexy Dex and the Fresh, Jonathan Boogie Long, Dash Rip Rock and others perform at Brewsiana, In addition, there will be games such corn hole and beer pong. Tickets can be purchased here
40 Arpent Brewing Company
(6809 N. Peters St., Arabi, 504-444-3972) will feature beer and barbecue on Aug. 19. Sarg’s Mobile Smoke House will serve chicken and ribs at the brewery from 5 p.m. to 11 p.m.
NOLA Brewing Company
(3001 Tchoupitoulas St., 504-896-9996) continues to produce excellent sour beers, most of which only are available at the taproom. Passion Pit, the most recent entry in its Petit Lot series, is a sour beer made with passionfruit and naranjilla. It is a tart brew with balanced sweetness and acidity. Also available are BOHM, a blood orange, honey and mango sour, and Butterfly in a Hurricane, a barrel-aged sour made with passion fruit and grenadine.