LOTS of tastes

Over the past few weeks, we’ve been to the Avenue Pub several times. Here’s what we drank:

4 oz tastes of Bayou Teche Biere Joi (not bad, had a very mild coffee flavor), and Noel de Geants (unfiltered Belgian, 8.5%, tasted like medicine…could NOT drink it)

NOLA Irish Channel Stout (love it, 6.8%, great stout):

Petrus Aged Pale (7.3%, always a good sour):

Also just had a little sample of Haand Nissefar Father Christmas. 7% alc, strong coffee flavor, can taste the high alc, not bad, but I don’t think I could drink even a whole 4 oz  at once. Seemed strong, good for sipping over a long period of time.

On another visit–

Brugse Zot Unfiltered (LOVE this one, had it in Belgium, this time it wasn’t very unfiltered..??):

Thanks to a suggestion from someone sitting at the bar, I tried the Saison de Dottignies (very good actually!):

And last, but not least…a SOUR!! I love sours, if you haven’t yet noticed. I tried a new one, Banhof Brettanmyces Lambicus  (Berliner Weisse, very sour, delicious):

…and yet another visit to the pub–

A Rogue Good Chit Pilsner in the back (very good!) and a Brugse Zot Unfiltered Blond in the front:

Monk’s Cafe Flemish Sour (surprisingly, I wasn’t really into this one…not sure why, maybe it was more bitter than most sours I drink?):

Then I had 4 oz tastes of Bayou Teche Biere Noire (I really like this one!) and Racer 5 IPA (pretty good IPA, doesn’t blow me away, but pretty good).

And that’s it!!

Unfortunately, we missed some of the St. Arnolds Christmas brews that were upstairs….they’ll probably be gone by the time we get back to the pub 😦 There’s always next year, I suppose.

Thanks, Polly and the rest of the Pub staff!!




An afternoon at the pub

Since we’ve had some time off recently, we were able to get to the pub once again. And I can’t just “have a pint”. That doesn’t work for me. I MUST try new beers…..all the time. So I do the small 4 oz samples, and then perhaps end with either a 10 oz or a pint of something awesome. Maybe the folks over at Avenue Pub think I’m weird, or maybe they’d just wish already that I’d order full size brews instead of coming back to the bar every 15 minutes for more samples. I mean, I do pay for the 4 oz….so……I think it’s ok.

Their selection is just so tempting and I read about new beers they have on their Facebook pages, so I can’t just go and have a regular ol’ pint. You know what I mean? Are any of you like that? When you go to a bar, and they’ve got 4 taps, and only one decent one, well then, you have a pint! But not in this case.  So I must be really aggravating to the bartenders. I’m sorry!! They’re all really nice people though, and don’t show their frustration to me 🙂

I tried 3 new brews when I was there last, and then ended with my 10 oz of the awesome Ichtegem Grand Cru. It’s my new favorite there! You MUST try it.

Here we have two 4 oz samples. The lighter one in the back is the Leipziger Gose. Yes, it’s sour…very sour. I loved it! Great crisp, sour beer for a warm summer day (and yes, it’s warm down here already).  It’s a type of wheat beer from Germany that’s fairly low alcohol but has a pretty sharp tartness. Good stuff.  The other, darker beer below is the Saison de Silly. A pretty smooth beer. Not really sure how to describe this one. I’m not all that familiar with Saisons, but people say this doesn’t taste like a typical saison.

The next one I tried was the Chatoe Rogue Ditoire Black Lager. Woa. That’s one roasty beer. Dark….very good. I couldn’t drink a whole pint, but this 4 oz was just enough. And the 10 oz behind it is the Ichtegem.

And here are some new beers I bought, because I happened to be near a good store and thought I’d look in. I can’t go into a store with good beer and not buy anything. Again, I tried to go for the stuff I’ve never had.

Sorry for the ultra fuzzy picture….I think you get the idea, though:

Coming up soon……some of my opinions on some new bottles I’ve tried!!

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A Stout, A Porter, and Eel River


First, I can say for sure now, I love Eel River beer! I’ve had their Amber, IPA, and the Imperial Stout. All excellent! I still think the IPA is the “prettiest” beer ever…..the color is really nice. And it’s not too hoppy…just perfect. But alas, I just ran out.



I just had the Stout the other night and it was oh so smooth. Really awesome, but I’ve only seen it in the large bottles here.




I’m officially a fan of Eel River Organic brewing!


I also love the various Rogue stouts, like the Chocolate Stout and the Oatmeal Stout. Dark, coffee, deliciousness 🙂




And of course there’s Stone‘s Smoked Porter. ‘Nuff said.






Tonight I’m trying Saint Arnold’s Spring seasonal: Bock.  I’ve really enjoyed their other brews, so I anticipate enjoying this one. I’ll let you know!


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