Love is in the air. Beer is in the glass.
This Valentine’s Day weekend, beer lovers will be able to adore ales and lust over lagers at Baton Rouge On Tap, the city’s newest beer festival.
The River Center will play host to the event on Saturday. The festival opens at 5 p.m. Tickets start at $45, which includes three hours of sampling. VIP tickets also are available. The event also features live music from the Acadien Cajun Band and food from local vendors.
Festivalgoers will receive a souvenir cup to go with unlimited samples of more than 100 different beers from more than 50 local, regional and national craft breweries.
Several Louisiana breweries, including Abita Brewing, Parish Brewing, Great Raft Brewing and Tin Roof Brewing will be represented at the event.
Among the Louisiana beers being poured are popular offerings such as Commotion from Great Raft, a hoppy pale ale with notes of tropical fruit and berries; Parade Ground, Tin Roof’s coffee infused robust porter; and 7th Street Wheat, a refreshing wheat beer with lemon and basil from NOLA Brewing.
If you haven’t had your fill of Mardi Gras by now, you can still get a taste of it from Bayou Teche Brewing. Courir de Mardi Gras is a French farmhouse style that is traditionally enjoyed in the spring.
Other local favorites available at the festival include Parish Canebrake, Abita Purple Haze and Tin Roof Turnrow.
In addition to the local flair, regional breweries like Southern Prohibition (Hattiesburg, Mississippi), Saint Arnold (Houston, Texas) and SweetWater (Atlanta, Georgia) will be in attendance.
Southern Prohibition will be pouring Jack the Sipper, a southern take on an English Extra Special Bitter, and Suzy B blonde ale. Saint Arnold will bring its latest release, Art Car IPA, along with its Fancy Lawnmower Kölsch. SweetWater’s 420 Extra Pale Ale and Blue, a light bodied blueberry ale, will be served.
National craft brewers such as Sierra Nevada and New Belgium will bring samples of their newest offerings as well.
Sierra Nevada’s Otra Vez is a slightly tart and thirst-quenching gose (or German sour), while New Belgium’s Citradelic is a tropical and fruity IPA brewed with tangerine peel.
Founders Brewing will have their popular All Day IPA and Porter, Brooklyn Brewing will feature a pair of lagers and hop forward brewers, Stone and Lagunitas, will both have a couple of IPAs available.
If beer isn’t your thing, Baton Rouge On Tap also will feature hard ciders from Ace, Crispin and Woodchuck, as well as hard root beers from Small Town Brewery and Abita.