Thursday, February 27, 2014

Gordon Biersch Releases Brewer’s Select and Limited-Time Menu

Just received this email from the folks at Gordon Biersch.  This sounds like a great event.  The Lobster & Shrimp Mac ‘N Cheese sounds friggin' amazing.  I wish I could make this event!  The daughter has ballet class so this won't happen for me.  Let me know if you go!  Would love to hear about ya'lls experience!
Brewers’ Signature Beer Releases Celebrated at Local Tapping Parties
CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (February 24, 2014) – Gordon Biersch Brewery Restaurant welcomes spring with the tapping of Brewer’s Select and a limited-time menu featuring three new entrées.  Varying by location, this popular beer release is brewed in-house and selected by each local brewer. Brewer’s Select showcases a wide range of styles from an Imperial Pilsner to an Alt Bier, while still adhering to Gordon Biersch’s exacting standards.
At the New Orleans location the Brewer’s Select will be an American-Style IPA,and will be available from March 5 through March 30 or until the beer is depleted.  Guests can be one of the first to try the new beer and menu offerings at a tapping party held on 3/12 at 5:30 pm.
Gordon Biersch will pair Brewer’s Select with a limited-time menu which includes a new starter, Porter Meatballs (meatballs topped with cremini mushrooms in a porter cream sauce and garnished with crispy onion strings), and three new entrées:
  • Redwood Porter Chicken (Seasoned chicken breast, sautéed with mushrooms and grilled red onions in a porter cream sauce, accompanied by garlic mashed potatoes and grilled asparagus)
  • Rancher’s Bison Burger (Half-pound lean bison burger topped with goat cheese spread, pepperoncini’s and smokehouse bacon)
  • Herb Mahi (Grilled mahi brushed with a citrus herb sauce and topped with grilled red onions. Served with confetti brown rice and grilled asparagus)
The menu will also feature a customer favorite Lobster & Shrimp Mac ‘N Cheese (Sautéed lobster and shrimp tossed in a parmesan-havarti cheese sauce with bowtie pasta).
To round out the meal, Gordon Biersch will offer a Turtle Cheesecake (Traditional cheesecake drizzled with caramel and chocolate sauces and topped with pecans) on its limited-time menu which runs through March 30.
Gordon Biersch is an upscale casual brewery restaurant known for award-winning, handcrafted beers. Gordon Biersch features a fresh, made-from-scratch California-inspired menu that can be found in 19 states across the country and the District of Columbia. For more information, please visit
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Monday, February 24, 2014

Untappd and Louisiana Brewery Trail Join Forces to Create Louisiana Badges

These are exciting times when it comes to beer in Louisiana.  Slowly but surely we are getting more local breweries and the breweries we already have are pumping out some seriously amazing suds! 

In September of last year the Louisiana State Office of Tourism announced the Louisiana Brewery Trail which highlights Louisiana's craft breweries.  Well now Untappd, the social networking site that keeps tabs of what you're drinking and where has partnered with the Louisiana Brewery Trail to create some unique Louisiana badges.  Check it out!

From Untappd

Known as a top culinary destination, the state of Louisiana’s mix of cultures and vast array of flavors have helped lead its edible revolution. Now, a new revolution has taken root in the cities and bayous across the Pelican State — one filled with locally sourced ingredients and bold brews. Craft breweries across the state have been taking their beers to the next level, providing a unique look — and sip — into the state’s unique heritage. The Louisiana State Office of Tourism encourages you to partake in the local flavors that are the foundation for this craft beer revolution.

In partnership with the Louisiana Brewery Trail, we’re excited to bring you some exciting new promotions, encouraging you to check out some brews from the bayou. Starting February 24th and running through the end of the year, we have a pair of brand new badges for you to unlock.

Bayou Brews

To unlock this Bayou State beauty, simply check-in to at least 3 different Louisiana-brewed craft beers from the list of breweries below. With all of these breweries producing a ridiculous variety of beers, there won’t be any problem finding at least 3 you like.

Swamp HopsGet your touring shoes ready because in order to earn this badge you’ll need to make your way to at least 2 different Louisiana-based breweries listed below. This one requires that you add your location to your check-in to qualify.

In addition, you have a chance to unlock an awesome promotion starting February 24th that will run through April 24th.

Louisiana Brewery Trail Giveaway

While making your way through the state to unlock your Swamp Hops badge, you’ll have a chance to unlock this great promotion. Check-in to any beer at one of the Louisiana-based breweries listed below and receive a free Louisiana Brewery Trail pint glass while supplies last! Don’t forget to add your location to your check-in to qualify.

Qualifying breweries:

For more information on Louisiana’s craft beer revolution as well as the Louisiana Brewery Trail, check out

Thursday, February 20, 2014

NOLA Brewing Turns 5!!


NOLA BREWING TURNS FIVE NOLA Brewing Set To Celebrate Fifth Anniversary New Orleans, LA (February 20, 2014) - NOLA Brewing Co. (New Orleans, LA) will be turning five years old in March and the brewery is celebrating with an anniversary party on March 14 dubbed Five Years of Beers.

Although the brewery’s construction started in 2008, the first beer did not get produced until March 3, 2009. The brewery has since doubled production just in the past year, opened a new on-site tap room and has expanded its distribution into Mississippi, Alabama and Florida. To celebrate this milestone, the NOLA Brewing team invites you to join them at the brewery located at 3001 Tchoupitoulas Street in the Irish Channel on March 14 from 5 p.m. to 11 p.m. for some good music and craft beer.

The Quickening will open up 5 Years of Beers at 5 p.m. followed by Colin Lake Band at 6 p.m. and Alvin Youngblood Heart’s Muscle Theory at 7:30 p.m. The night will close out with Earphunk beginning at 9 p.m.

There will also be a limited edition Anniversary Ale, a session white IPA brewed with Galaxy hops, for sale exclusively during this event. Crescent Pie & Sausage Company will be catering the event with a wide variety of cuisine as well. Tickets are $10/advance or $15/door and can be purchased at Must be 21+ to attend.

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Favorite Mardi Gras Parade Spot

Mardi Gras is here ya'll!!!  We already talked about what you're drinking during Mardi Gras but where are you drinking it?  Of course we all know that once you've lived here long enough and have done Mardi Gras enough times you tend to develop a favorite spot.  Usually your "spot" will have access to bathroom, food and more importantly beer. 

I have a kid so I tend to find a more "kid friendly" area.  There is spot on Napoleon which has a school(St Stephens Catholic) across the street which sells bathroom passes as well as food and drink passes.  If I'm wanting some craft beer I'm bringing my own when I hit this spot.  I have another spot but I can't give it away!

I'm curious though.  What's your favorite spot and why?  Looking forward to hearing your spots!


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