Name: NOLA Brewing Company
Location: New Orleans, LA
Type: Production brewery
Available in DC Market: No
What you need to know: NOLA was founded in 2008 by Kirk Coco and Peter Caddoo. More than just fun-sounding names, these guys are brewing up some classic styles as well as New Orleans and Louisiana-themed beers. "Hurricane Saison," anyone?
Beer #1: Hopitoulas (IPA/ 6.5% ABV)
In Their Own Words: Hopitoulas was the third addition to our year-round beer portfolio. This 6.5%ABV ale is a West Coast style India Pale Ale that combines six malts and six hops with additional dry hopping for three weeks. It takes about a month and a half to make each batch and we think it is worth the wait. With its hints of pine and citrus and powerful, yet balanced hoppy flavor, Hopitoulas packs a punch that you won’t forget.
Food Pairing: English Pea and Porcini Crostini, Fava Bean (A rustic puree of fava beans and English peas, served on toasted baguette and dusted with porcini mushroom powder.)
Our Thoughts: During my last trip to New Orleans, I saw Trombone Shorty at Tipitina’s. I had to tell the cabbie to take me to Tchoupitoulas. We got there but I still do not know how to say the word. Hopitoulas is much easier to say and I will drink to that. NOLA Brewing says this beer packs a punch, as is typical of most West coast IPAs. The food pairing sounds like Earth is punching you in the face. Will the hop punch win or the Earth punch win? Or will they hug like Holyfield/Tyson? This could be a winner for an entry into your summery hop bombs.
Beer #2: Irish Channel Stout (Irish Stout/6.8% ABV)
In Their Own Words: Irish Channel Stout is an American style stout that has sweet malt flavors of caramel and chocolate, complimented by a crisp bitterness produced by roasted barley and American Hops. It was named after the neighborhood that the brewery is located in, the Irish Channel. The complex malt bill of pale and roasted malts result in this well balanced stout that is smooth, rich, dark and delicious! And watch out – ABV 6.8%! Due to its extreme popularity, this brew has been moved from a winter seasonal to a year-round beer.
Food Pairing: Smoked Brisket on Yucca Chip
Our Thought: This Irish Stout has an Outstanding 90% rating, and glowing reviews, on Beer Advocate. The Irish Stout is a style that will definitely not be heavily replicated at SAVOR. This beer could be a nice familiar flavor for your friends who are still stuck on Guinness. The salty and earthy yucca is an interesting pairing with a malty beer. The smoke in the brisket should bring out some of the smokiness, and even mossiness, of the stout. Enjoy!
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