New Orleans International Beer Festival Pours More Than 150 Brews


Grabbing a beer at Champions Square doesn’t sound like news. But on Saturday, March 24, the suds selection will be remarkable at the inaugural New Orleans International Beer Festival. More than 150 craft and imported beers will be served in two-ounce pours.

“The rock star of the event is the beer,” said Jay Wilson of Red Mountain Entertainment, which produced the festival. “We spent a lot of time challenging the distributors to make it unique.”

Regional offerings include the full range of Abita beers, NOLA Brewing’s collaboration with California’s Stone brewery, and a preview of Parish Brewing, a well-regarded newcomer in Broussard that has yet to enter the New Orleans market. An entire tent will be devoted unique casks. Other noteworthy beers include a half-dozen Belgian brews, a beer by Mikkeller with 19 different hops and the fiery Ghost Face Killah brewed with six hot peppers.

Classes and seminars will also be held throughout the day, including a talk at 2:30 p.m. by NOLA Brewing’s Kirk Coco and Stone’s Jason Armstrong about their collaboration on the Pour Me Something Mistah porter.

The festival will also have a raffle to benefit the Hartley's Hearts foundation, a Mandeville-based non-profit that funds pediatric heart surgeons' mission trips to South America.


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