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!!




Some new brews

So I finally have time to sit down and post some pics of the recent beers I’ve tried. Some of the new bottles:

Bison Organic IPA:

Absolutely delicious! Not “in your face” hoppy at all. I’ve never had any of their beers before but now I want to try them all. One of the best IPA’s I’ve ever had…

Holy Mackerel Panic Attack:

That was the after picture.

Here’s the before (initial pour):

That was a major FAIL.  I’ve never had a beer pour like that! It was ALL foam. I think perhaps there was something wrong with it? Maybe something occured in the bottle between bottling and opening. When I finally tasted it, it was ultra sweet. I couldn’t drink it. Bleh. Has anyone had this one? I’d be willing to try it again, just because I think this particular one had a problem.

Bar Harbor Thunderhole Ale:

A pretty mild stout. Pretty darn good, with a nice coffee flavor.

Bell’s Pale Ale:

An ok beer. Wasn’t great….pretty inoffensive. Not really my thing. S (my husband) liked it a lot.

Twisted Pine Blonde Ale:

Ok, I didn’t really like this one. It was pretty watery to me, and didn’t really taste like much. Won’t be having it again.

That’s all I have time for right now. More little mini reviews coming later in the week.



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!


Better beer photos

Like I promised, here are a few of my better beer photos taken over the past year or two:

There aren’t too many because I take most of them with my phone now. Sorry about that! Although, when I’m at an actual brewery, I usually take my real camera with me.

On another note…..have any of you been to Belgium? I’m planning a trip there next summer and am researching all the beer to drink and breweries to visit. So if you have any suggestions, please let me know!

Tonight I’m drinking the Eel River Organic Imperial Stout that I opened last night (it was a large bottle and the alcohol is 9.5%!). It’s one heck of a beer. Excellent! So smooth…really top notch.



A night at the pub

Finally got to my favorite Pub tonight (Avenue Pub). Yay! Even met up with some friends there. It was a good evening 🙂

I did what I usually do and started off with some tastings (4 oz) of beers I’ve never had.  They’re always tapping new stuff there, so there’s always something new for me to try.

I first sampled three things:

Draeckenier: A Belgian Ale that’s pretty high in alcohol (aren’t they all??).  A slightly sweet taste but pretty darn refreshing.  They say it’s only available in one town in Belgium (Aalst). Funny, I was just looking at that town on the map recently,while planning for my Belgian beer trip.

Peche Mortel: This is from Quebec, Canada.  An Imperial Coffee Stout. You know, I’m not too familiar with Imperials.  I’m learning. This stout was WAY too alcoholic for me.  It really did taste like there was vodka in it or something. I do love coffee stouts, but unfortunately, not this one. Maybe it will grow on me, like hops did!

Desert Noir: This is Crispin Cider and it’s pretty good! It’s a bit more alcoholic tasting than your normal ol’ cider. But, it’s not really sickly sweet like a lot ciders either. So it’s up to you (and apparently, they’re all gluten free for those of you wondering).  There are a few different types and I’m not exactly sure which one this was. I shall find out!

Then, I needed my quota of Stone‘s Sublimely Self Righteous Black IPA because I love it.  So there’s that….and of course I got a bit of Abita’s Black IPA too. Also good! Give them a try. VERY hoppy….like, unbelievably hoppy.  If you plan on drinking anything else, leave these two until the end of the evening or the taste will take over.

I promise I’ll put up some of my better beer pictures soon. I usually take beer pictures with my phone, as it’s the easiest and quickest way to upload. So please excuse crappy pictures. And thanks to Jeff at the Pub who was very helpful!! And Al was working downstairs as usual….also a great beertender!

Is anyone going to the Top of the Hops Festival this Saturday on the Northshore in Mandeville, LA?? I so want to go…but I don’t think finances will allow it this time.





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