West Bank Beer Fest is a beer tasting/drinking and music event that’s happening next Saturday, July 16th, across the river at NOLA Motorsports Park.
New Orleans is no stranger to beer fests–we’ve had them for decades. What caught my eye about this particular event is just how many local craft breweries are around now to participate:
Local (more or less)
- 40 Arpent Brewing – 40ArpentBrewery.com
- Abita Brewing – Abita.com
- Bayou Teche – BayouTecheBrewing.com
- Chafunkta – ChafunktaBrew.com
- Chandeleur Island – ChandeleurBrew.com
- Covington Brewhouse – CovingtonBrewhouse.com
- Gnarly Barley – GnarlyBeer.com
- Great Raft Brewing – Greatraftbrewing.com
- Lazymagnolia.com – LazyMagnolia.com
- Mudbug Brewery – MudbugBrewery.com
- Saint Arnold Brewing – SaintArnold.com
- Second Line Brewing – SecondlineBrewing.com
- Tin Roof Brewing – TinroofBeer.com
- Urban South – UrbanSouthBrewery.com
Not So Local
- Founders Brewing – FoundersBrewing.com
- Lagunitas Brewing – Lagunitas.com
- Not Your Father’s Root Beer – SmallTownBrewery.com/our-beers/nyfrb
- Samuel Adams – SamuelAdams.com
- Sierra Nevada – SierraNevada.com
OK, I know that St. Arnold is in Houston, but if we’re going to call Great Raft local (they’re up in the Port of Shreve), let’s face it, bopping over to Planet Hooston isn’t all that much different.
I’ve had beers from all of these breweries with one exception: Chandeleur Island. Will have to rectify that this weekend. It’s exciting! I have to admit that, when we went out to dinner last night, I experienced a moment of disappointment that the draft choices at this particular restaurant were only Bud, Bud Light, and Abita! Naturally, I ordered the Amber. It’s been an interesting evolution since I was at UNO in the late 70s. I wouldn’t exclude a restaurant because they don’t have a big selection of craft beer, but it’s often a deciding factor when I’m out with one of my boys.
It’s July. It’s hot. A cold beer or two (or three) is just what we all need to beat the heat. This is a great way to celebrate local craft beer.
West Bank Beer Fest Details:
When – Saturday, July 16, 2016 – 12pm – 5pm
(VIP entry from 12pm-1pm, General Admission 1pm)
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Where – NOLA Motorsports Park
11075 Nicolle Boulevard, Avondale, LA 70094 – View Map