Thursday, March 26, 2009

Who'd a thunk that drinking beer could lead to this...

Well a lot has happened since I wrote my last post reviewing NOLA Brewing Companies Blonde and Brown Ales. OK so not necessarily a lot but rather something huge that has a great impact on my life and possibly this blog. I was offered and accepted a position at NOLA Brewing. I promise you that in no way were my reviews impacted by this offer. The offer was made after I wrote the post! The beer truly is that good! I swear!

Anyways, I'm really excited about this opportunity. This is something that many beer nerds only dream of and I'm going to be able to experience it first hand. The main question is how will this impact my blog? Not sure yet. I have to sit down and talk to Kirk and the rest of the gang at NOLA to figure out how this will effect (affect? I never know.) the blog. One idea I've been knocking around is writing my experiences working at the brewery but I'm still not sure.

Regardless, this certainly isn't goodbye just a slight pause as I figure out the future path of The Beerbuddha Blog.

In some more kick ass news The Beerbuddha Blog was just named Blog of the Week by the good folks over at Beer Tap TV!! Man, talk about a helluva week!! Here is the video of that episode!


The Beerbuddha

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Beer Review: NOLA Blonde and NOLA Brown

A couple of weeks ago New Orleans taps were finally graced with the presense of its first and only craft brewery, NOLA Brewing.(Abita is not in New Orleans despite what many people think) In honor of New Orleans finally getting an awesome and local craft brewery I'm reviewing both of NOLA's beers. If your local to New Orleans or just visiting make sure you are supporting local and asking for it at every bar you go to.

Brewery:New Orleans Lagers and Ales Brewing Co.

Beer: NOLA Blonde

Style: American Blonde Ale

ABV: 4.9%

Recommended Glassware: Pint Glass

Serving Type: Pint Glass

Appearance: This beer is a nice golden pale straw color with a huge, fluffy white head.

Smell: Nice fruity aroma with hints of hops.

Taste: Crisp and clean with a nice balance of hops and malts. Nice fruit flavors are present along with a nice hop kick.

Mouthfeel: Medium body and medium carbonation.

Overall: A great beer from a new New Orleans brewery. This is a perfect beer for the heat and humidity of New Orleans.

Score: Photobucket 4.5 out of 5 Buddhas


Beer: NOLA Brown

Style: American Brown Ale

ABV: 3.9%

Appearance: This beer came to me a nice medium brown with a huge tan head. Lacing present throughout.

Smell: Huge malty aroma with hints of chocolate and nuts.

Taste: Different than other Brown Ales that I've had. This one had a huge maltiness accompanied by wonderful hints of chocolate.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with medium carbonation.

Overall: Despite being a "heavy" beer NOLA Brown is still very drinkable during the New Orleans hot summers. This beer along with their Blonde has become my everyday beer when I go to bars.

Score: Photobucket 4.5 out of 5 Buddhas

Thursday, March 12, 2009

Dedication to the Cause

So for the longest time I've wanted to get a tattoo. For a lot of reasons I never did. Until now. I guess the main reason I never got one is the fear of my parents. My dad is a former Marine who can kick some major ass when necessary and well, my Mom is my mom. You never want to let your parents down right? Anyways, my wife and I decided for our 11th anniversary we would finally get tattoos. No, not matching. What kind of guy do you think I am? I figured I'm 33 years old, married with a kid. Let's grow up and have some fun!!! Sorry mom and dad!

So the main question became what kind of tattoo would I get. Obviously it had to be beer related. I went in yesterday and talked to my brother in law Henry who is a tattoo artist. After talking a bit we came up with a cool and unique design that is ALL me. We call it The Beer De Lis. Let me know what you think!


The Beerbuddha

PS My parents are gonna kill me!

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Beer Video Of The Month: March

When: Thursday April 16th 7:00pm
Location: Check your local movie theatre. In New Orleans the Palace is showing it.
Price: $15

I'll be there with the guys from NOLA Brewing and we may go out for beers after the movie. Hope to see you there!


The Beerbuddha