As if you needed an excuse to drink beer, American Craft Beer Week concludes this week with a full schedule of tasting and events. It all culminates with a massive tasting of more than 100 American beers at the Avenue Pub on May 19. See below for a sampling of events throughout the metro area. For a complete schedule, see www.theavenuepub.com.
Saturday, May 19
"Springfest 2012": The festival returns to the Covington Brewhouse on Saturday with music by the Big Easy Players, Band of Brothers and the Bacon Blues Band. Free. 12–9 p.m.
"Finale Tasting Day": The Barley Oak celebrates craft beer with a big selection of kegs and cask that include Sam Adams’ Norse Legend, Tin Roof’s Perfect Tin with zytho hops and Saint Arnold’s Divine Reserve No. 10 & No. 11. Noon.
“4th Annual American Craft Beer Tasting”: At the Avenue Pub more than 100 American craft beers, with over 50 on draft, will be poured from 1–10 p.m. For $22, you can purchase a ticket for a dozen four-ounce pours. The last tickets will be sold at 8 p.m. Most of the beers can also be purchased by the pint, but some rare bottles will only be available to ticket holders. Show a receipt from another American Craft Beer Week event to get a 13th pour.
"Homebrew Invitational": Sample the efforts of north shore home brewers at the Mystic Krewe of Brew's Larry Hartzog Twisted Homebrew Contest and Party hosted by Mellow Mushroom (1645 N. Highway, Covington). 4 p.m.
For more events, check out NOLA.com.