Before I get into that, I must say that ACBW here in New Orleans was pretty solid, especially at Avenue Pub. They had lots of good stuff, but one night was damn delicious: “The BA beer + the barrel it was brewed in.” Or something like that. No, not the actual barrel, but alcohol that it was aged in. Such as the Bo+Luke that was aged in Pappy barrels with a couple ounces of that same Pappy as a beer back. That happened to be the standout for me as well. Incredible beer.
Back to said title of this blog. This was pretty cool. This was a new wrinkle in beer tastings for me as well. It was held at NOLA Brewing in their taproom (it has several tables and chairs and a long bar), which is already really cool of those guys. Plus I got to taste some of their experimental stuff: Irish Channel Stout on Rum, Cherry Saison, Hurricane Saison. Tasty stuff.
When I got there, I would estimate about 40 people or so with bottles spread out on every table and on the bar. Coolers lined the walls and people kept going in and out of the walk-in just in case someone didn’t have a cooler to bring. There wasn’t any rhyme or reason to style or year or brewery. The only premise was to bring beers that were rare or hard to obtain. I didn’t know what to expect and while every beer wasn’t a gem or a beer that I’ve had several times, there were two beers that I’m shocked got pulled out of the cellar. Goose Island Bourbon County 2009 bomber + a growler of Apple Brandy Hunahpu. I love Hunahpu. It’s life-changing. But put that beer in an Apple Brandy barrel? No words. it was that good and worth the recent hype that surrounds it on beeradvocate and ratebeer.
It was a good experience beer-wise and I got to meet and hang out with some of the beergeeks of New Orleans.
Thanks again to Jeremy “the beer buddha” + NOLA brewing for a really fun event.
The picture is of the bar area and doesn’t do bottle count anywhere near justice.
I can haz more Apple Brandy Hunahpu? Pleaseandthankyou.