The beer is here!
More precisely, the beer is over at Champions Square, where the 4th annual New Orleans International Beer Festival will bring together more than 150 beers on Saturday.
“We are going to have a great deal of special beer on tap this year,” said Alex Colee, of Red Mountain Entertainment, the group that puts on the festival.
He ticked off a few: Abita Seersucker Summer Pils, Oskar Blues Pilsner, Mudbug American Anthem Pale Ale, Brooklyn Sorachi Ace, Prairie Okie Matilde and Clown Shoes Undead Party Crasher.
Drinkers can also enjoy mixes, such as “Dark Side of the Moon,” a blend of Guinness and Blue Moon, from the Guinness mixology garden.
Not only can attendees enjoy unlimited samples of beer in their souvenir mug, they can learn about them throughout the fest and in the World of Sam Adams Brew University.
“The first session will begin at 5 p.m., and it will be a ‘Round of Rebels,’ ” Colee said. “Patrons will be able to sample and learn about Sam Adams’ new Rebel series. The second session will be a feature on ‘Kosmic Mother Funk.’ ”
Patrons will learn about the latter, an ale originally fermented with Belgian yeast and given a secondary fermentation in Hungarian oak barrels. The result: a spicy, fruity, tart beverage.
The final session is the national Long Shot competition, where three lucky home brewers compete to make their way on to U.S. shelves as a Sam Adams Long Shot winner.
And there’s more.
“Aside from a fantastic lineup of beers, we also offer ciders, which is great for the casual beer drinker... and a wide variety of other non-beer related activities,” Colee said.
Does beer get you dancing?
The event also features a “silent disco,” where participants dance to music that only they can hear through headphones. The bluesy rock ’n’ roll band Will Vance and the Kinfolk will perform music that everyone can enjoy together.
Attendees can purchase a general admission ticket for $40 or a VIP ticket for $75. The VIP ticket includes early entrance into the festival, access to the VIP lounge, exclusive beer selections and complimentary food.
The festival offers both level tickets for designated drivers who aren’t drinking at lower prices of $20 and $30 respectively.
For information, go to neworleansinternationalbeerfest.com.