On Saturday, Oct. 19, from 6-9 p.m., the 7th annual Gulf Brew takes over the Horse Farm to showcase more than 120 beers, live music and food — it’s the hottest place this weekend to sample beers from our own backyard and across the country. Plan out your tasting ahead of time to make sure you don’t miss a favorite beer or something you’ve been dying to try. Here are a few of the beers on tap that pique INDEats' interest:
At Schilling’s three draft trailers, sample Bayou Teche’s Biére Miel Sauvage, a French-stlye ale crafted with local honey and has flavors of smooth vanilla oakiness and whiskey. It’s a limited release as only one batch was made this year. Also from Schilling is the Lazy Magnolia Jefferson Stout — brewed from sweet potatoes and lactose with notes of roasted chocolate, coffee and caramel flavors that comfort for fall.
Crescent Crown’s three trailers offer flavors from NOLA Brewing like the Smoky Mary which is a spin on a German Rauchbier with a subtle smoked flavor to compliment any BBQ. Abita’s Abbey Ale will also be on tap with fruity tastes from organic raspberries.
The Home Brewers and Craft Beers tent is intense — try the Rogue Chocolate Stout that’s dark in color with mellow oat, chocolate malt and hops that offer a bittersweet taste. The Estrella Damm Daura Gluten-Free beer is the first in Spain to guarantee a gluten content below 3ppm and won the title of world’s best gluten-free beer in 2008 and 2009.
New to this year’s Gulf Brew is The Green Room Lounge — a hangout to sit and chat with friends about which brews were your favorite and which ones were pas bon. Since this year’s event has changed venues from downtown to the Horse Farm, Gulf Brew has planned ahead for those who had more to drink than expected by offering free towing home from Guy’s Towing. Of course, the best solution is to always have a designated driver — the crew even has free Swamp Pop soda for these special friends who choose to hold the keys to the car. If you prefer to bike to the Horse Farm, Bike Lafayette will keep your wheels safe in its bike corral on site.
Bring a blanket or a lawn chair to sit, sip, snack at this year’s Gulf Brew all while listing to great music by Devils and Trains, Cedric Watson and the Bijou Creole and the Babineaux Sisters. General admission tickets are $30 and $75 for VIP area.
By supporting Gulf Brew you are also helping foster arts and culture in Acadiana through the works of the Acadiana Center for the Arts. The AcA presents performing arts including jazz, folk, opera, dance, theater, film and education to students about the arts. To learn more about AcA, visit their website. For additional information on this year’s Gulf Brew, download the 2013 Brew Book.
2013 Gulf Brew map is available as part of the Brew Book download
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OCT 31 The National Journal posts another story from its visit to NOLA, this one about the struggling Vietnamese shrimpers in the area. The publication has been looking at how the state is recovering from Katrina, nine years later.
OCT 31 The New York Times posts this look at Louisiana politics, and how national issues are forcing out the old-time local politicking. Of course they mention EWE, aptly described as an old-time politician known for "charming one half of the state and mortifying the other."
OCT 31 Here's an AP story on the ABC site about Louisiana's chicken little response to an international medical conference planned in NOLA this weekend. Organizers (who are actual physicians, as opposed to the hand-wringing state officials who issued the edicts) say the orders are "unfortunate" given that a main focus of the meeting was Ebola.
OCT 31 Given the things Bobby Jindal has said and done since he's been governor, it's a pretty safe bet he thinks we're a bunch of dummies. Apparently, he's sure President Obama is one, too. This story on Huff Post quotes Jindal as saying the president - a graduate of Harvard Law - should sue to get his money back. (What should a Brown biology grad who doesn't believe in evolution do?)
OCT 31 Us old folks are used to a two-party system, although most of us aren't sold on its success. But what if that system wasn't in place; what if politics reflected the true level of diversity among voters? That's what an LSU student is dreaming of in this editorial. He sees the two parties' control of our politics as limiting.
OCT 31 And you thought the Senate race was dirty. This post on the Forward Now blog tells the story of a Shreveport mayoral campaign worker who was paid to "infiltrate" and "sabotage" an opponent's campaign. Karma's a beeotch, though, because turns out the guy really liked the "enemy," and now he's supporting her. For real.
OCT 30 The National Journal offers this analysis of Bobby Jindal's willingness to stump in any Senate campaign that's not in Louisiana. Why is that? The Journal asks some GOPers and finds that the answer is one we already know: he's so unpopular here, because he's been so busy running for President, that his support might be "toxic."
OCT 30 Blogger Tom Aswell is still all over the OGB mess - and all by himself, apparently. In this post, he's revealing orders from the Jindal administration to destroy records from the state employee health insurance plan. Those orders (he's heard) have angered the Secretary of State and caused an administration lawyer to quit her job. Wow!
OCT 30 A NOLA lady has alleged she was drugged and raped at a Bywater club that had a clothing-optional policy until recently, and she's now become the victim of a smear campaign, columnist Jarvis DeBerry writes in this post. She chose to reveal her story and her name, and she's being punished for that now, he says.