Get out your calendars and start planning. Louisiana has a few beer festivals you won’t want to miss. Here is a look at just a few events throughout the state.
Baton Rouge Zoo
3601 Thomas Road, Baton Rouge
Friday, Oct. 2, 6 p.m.-10 p.m.
This event is sold out, but if you’re lucky enough to have tickets check out brzoobrew.org to find out what’s new this year and to see the beer and food lists. Kaki Heiligenthal, BREC Director of Marketing and Development, says the homebrewers’ beers are what visitors get most excited about. “Last year, we had a fair number of true fall beers, which set us apart from some of the spring beer events,” she says. “If you like pumpkin beers and ciders, there will definitely be something there for you.”
North Boulevard Town Square
Downtown Baton Rouge
Saturday, Oct. 10, 1 p.m.-5 p.m.
Tickets are $40 in advance and $50 at the gate.
A wristband gets you access to unlimited samplings from over 20 breweries. Food will be available for $5 per plate. Starting at 1:30 p.m., and every 45 minutes after, the event will feature a specialty keg. Music performers include Denton Hatcher and Andrew Duhon. Soft drinks and water will also be available, and there will be games on the lawn. All proceeds benefit the Companion Animal Alliance of Baton Rouge.
Great Raft Brewing
1251 Dalzell St., Shreveport
Saturday, Oct. 10, Noon-11 p.m.
Tickets are $10 for general admission. VIP tickets are also available.
The celebration will include music from Kern Courtney, The Dubonauts, Hwy Lions, The Wall Chargers and Irene & The Sleepers. Food trucks Missing Link, BeauxJax and Lucky’s Po-Boys will be on hand, serving up food. The brewery will spotlight more than 20 of its beers.
101 Crockett St., Shreveport
Saturday, Oct. 17, 2 p.m.-6 p.m.
Tickets are $60. Seminar tickets and reserved table tickets are also available.
This seventh annual event features beer samplings of internationally-acclaimed and domestic micro-brewed ales, pilsners, stouts and everything in between. Restaurants will also provide free samples. In addition to more than 100 beers to sample, there will be live music by Roses & Revolvers, college football games on big-screen TVs, and food from some of Shreveport’s most popular restaurants. A Spiegelau Beer Connoisseur Tasting Seminar precedes the festival.
Gnarly Barley Brewing Company
1709 Corbin Road, Hammond
Saturday, Oct. 24, 2015, Noon-5 p.m.
Tickets are $20.
“Food Network Star” finalist Jay Ducote will prepare plates of barbecued goodness. Will Vance & The Kinfolk will provide the tunes.
Friday-Saturday, Nov. 13 – 14
Tickets are $99.
For its fifth year, Boudin, Bourbon & Beer will feature local and national chefs preparing their own style of boudin. Louisiana chefs will join Emeril Lagasse and honorary co-chairs Donald Link, Stephen Stryjewski and Mario Batali. In addition to a selection of brews from Abita Beer, there will be an exclusive signature Buffalo Trace Bourbon Smash cocktail, by Emeril’s New Orleans bar manager Miki Nikolic. Bands include St. Paul & The Broken Bones, Elle King and Sweet Crude. This event is held annually the night before the foundation’s wine auction and gala dinner, Carnivale du Vin.
Terrebonne Historical and Cultural Society
1208 Museum Drive, Houma
Saturday, Nov. 14, Noon-5 p.m.
Tickets are $30 in advance and $35 at the door. Advance sales end Nov. 1.
Enjoy craft and homebrew beers as well as music from Lost Bayou Ramblers and Nonc Nu and the Wild Matous. Cannata’s Market will provided signature beer brats, pastalaya and white chocolate pumpkin bread pudding.