Craft beers, homebrews, local bites, all in the friendly fall weather … yes, it’s time for Brew at the Zoo.
The fourth annual event returns Friday, running from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Zoo, at 3601 Thomas Road. Tickets are $45, $20 for designated drivers. The event is for ages 21 and up.
Since Brew at the Zoo’s inception in 2014, the event has grown, and this year promises to be the biggest and best yet.
Patrons will be able to sample beers from local, regional and national breweries while enjoying cuisine from numerous local restaurants, all while strolling around the grounds of the zoo.
Breweries on hand include Baton Rouge’s own Tin Roof and Southern Craft, as well as other Louisiana breweries such as Parish, Gnarly Barley, Urban South, Great Raft, Bayou Teche, NOLA and the recently opened Port Orleans. Regional breweries like Saint Arnold and SweetWater will also be on hand alongside national breweries such as Ballast Point, Founders, Avery and Oskar Blues.
The biggest draw, however, is the plethora of homebrewed beers. Local homebrew supply shop LA Homebrew will return with its crowd-pleasing offerings. Three more Baton Rouge homebrew clubs — Redstick Brewmasters, Bicycle Brew Club and Brasseurs a la Maison — will also feature more than 60 different homebrewed ales and lagers.
Of course, you can’t have an event without good food, and Brew at the Zoo will have plenty of it. This year’s caterers include Mason’s Grill, Your Mom’s Restaurant & Bar, BRQ and The Overpass Merchant.
For more information, visit brzoobrew.org.
Tin Roof debuts DDH Voodoo
Tin Roof Brewing released their revamped Voodoo American pale ale in May, and it’s safe to say, it’s been a hit. Demand for this hoppy, yet easy to drink pale ale has been high, and it’s become one of the brewery’s best sellers.
To that end, Tin Roof is kicking Voodoo up a notch with a special double dry hopped version, available exclusively at the brewery’s tap room. Double Dry Hopped Voodoo features a second round of Citra hops added after fermentation has completed, bringing more of that tropical and juicy aroma to an already bright and hoppy beer.
DDH Voodoo is available at the tap room, at 1624 Wyoming St., on draft, in 32-ounce crowlers and in 4-packs to go.
Urban South updates Holy Roller and Charming Wit
New Orleans’ Urban South Brewery has tweaked the recipe for two of its flagship offerings, Charming Wit and Holy Roller IPA. Despite the success of these two beers, the brewery felt both beers still had room for improvement.
Urban South changed the yeast in Charming Wit and added a little more hop character, making it a cleaner beer with a better aroma.
For Holy Roller, the brewery changed up the water chemistry and hopping schedule, making for a softer beer with less perceived bitterness. Gone are the Centennial and Cascade hops, which allow the Citra and Mosaic hop character to really shine.
The brewery is also dating their cans now. Look for the changes in Charming Wit beginning with Sept. 25 cans. The new Holy Roller cans are dated Aug. 31 or later.