There is no good beer in New Orleans.
How many times have you heard, or perhaps even spoken, these words? I know I've had to listen to this quite a bit from my beer geek friends in other states since I moved back home in July. Of course, this is not exactly true. With top notch beer bars like The Avenue Pub, Cooter Brown's, and The Bulldog spreading the craft gospel, alongside markets such as Stein's and Elio's, there's not really a shortage here. You just have to know where to look.
However, there is a glimmer of truth in these words. Most bars in town carry only the basics: Bud, Miller, Coors, and, (being local) Abita and NOLA brews. These last two are excellent alternatives to the light American lager, but there is so much good beer in the world these days, that I feel the majority of New Orleanians, and our coveted tourists, are being short-shrifted on the number of available options. Luckily, there are events like New Orleans On Tap to help bridge this gap.
I wrote about this cornucopia of craft beer back in September (link here), but weather forced its postponement. (Luckily for me, as I was out of town that weekend!) Now, I get to attend the festivities with the rest of you, and enjoy the finest collection of brews I've seen here since my return. All the names I mentioned previously should still be there: Abita, Brooklyn, Goose Island, Lazy Magnolia, NOLA, Ommegang, Saint Arnold, Stillwater, Stone, and more! Dozens of breweries with over 200 different beers to sample. And admission is still free! Just pay for the beers you want to drink.
What more do you want people!? Live music? Food? Wine? Margaritas? Well fine, you can have that too!
So now that our election is over, we can get back to the more important (and less divisive) business of drinking. Whether you're doing so in celebration or resignation, just make sure your consumption is done responsibly... and with quality beer. So join me in City Park this Saturday from Noon to 5pm and enjoy a ridiculous amount of outstanding brew in what promises to be a beautiful setting. Not sure why you're still waffling on this... make it happen!
And buy me a drink when you get there, alright? Good job.