Saturday, May 21, 2011

WYES Presents Two Nights of Beer, Food & Fun!

Join local and national beer companies for two nights of beer sampling and beer talk.

Join WYES along with local and national beer distributors for a weekend of beer tasting. On Friday, June 3, 2011 from 7:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m. enjoy a relaxed evening of beer tasting with a limited number of guests during the WYES PRIVATE BEER SAMPLING. Julie Council’s Jubilee German Band will be welcoming guests to this year’s event at the Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots, 1751 Gentilly Blvd. in the Black Gold Room, 2nd Floor in the Derby Building (adjacent to the Grandstands). This event is in honor of the craft of American and European brewers and will feature over 50 rare craft brewed beers, specially made cask and home brewed beers, as well as special one-off beers from local breweries. Guests will be able to talk one-on-one with brewers, home brewers, and other beer industry members, as well as talk amongst fellow beer connoisseurs. Tasting tickets are $50 which also includes lip-smacking food by Crescent Pie and Sausage, and samples from St. James Cheese Company and Cabot Cheese. Tickets to Friday’s event can be purchased by calling (504) 486-5511 x 200, or by visiting Stein’s Market & Deli at 2207 Magazine Street.

Then the following night, don't miss sampling over 250 beers at the 28th annual WYES INTERNATIONAL BEER TASTING Saturday, June 4 from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at the Lakefront Arena. Sip regional craft beers from Bayou Teche LA-31, Covington Brewhouse, Heiner Brau, Lazy Magnolia, NOLA Brewing Company and Tin Roof. Try home brews from Brasseurs a la Maison, Crescent City Homebrewers, LA Lagers Homebrewing Club, Mystic Krewe of Brew and Redstick Brewmasters. Sample ales and lagers from Crescent City Brew House, Deutsches Haus, Gordon Biersch, The Bulldog and Zea Rotisserie & Grill. For a list of all brews from Crescent Crown, Glazer's Distributors, Southern Eagle Sales and Services, visit

While enjoying a quarter-mile of beer sampling at the WYES INT’L BEER TASTING, guests can learn more about their favorite refreshment because new this year - attendees can participate in two beer seminars! The first, offers a guide to good matches for pairing beer with food. For the second one, join home brewers Hank Bienert and Richard Cuccia as they conduct “Beer Tasting 101,” where attendees can stock up on the basics of judging beer. Don’t miss tasty nibbles by Bailey’s World Famous Andouille, Cabot Cheese, Cook Me Somethin’ Mister, Jambalaya, Cousins Products “Home of Creole Tomato Salad Dressing,” Saundus Sauce BBQ, and Zapp’s Potato Chips. Enjoy performances by Rocky’s Hot Fox Trot Orchestra, the New Orleans Ragtime & Dixieland Band and the Kilts of Many Colours Bagpipe Band. Tickets are $35 in advance, $30 for groups of 6 or more and seniors 55 and older in advance, and $45 at the door. Purchase tickets online at through Ticketmaster; any Ticketmaster location; at the WYES offices at 111 Veterans Blvd., Ste. 250; or by calling (504) 486-5511 x 200.

During both tastings, make sure to purchase our new “cool” beer t-shirt and don’t miss your chance to purchase a raffle ticket for our massive beer giveaway. The beer shirt is designed by Lauren Thom of Fleurty Girl and retails for $22. Take a peek at the shirt and purchase it online at At each event, one of every beer offered that evening will be placed in a “basket” and raffled off. This is a one-of-a-kind raffle with a chance to win an enormous amount of beer! Tickets can be purchased at each tasting for $5 for one chance, or $20 for five.

Many thanks to: Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots, Fleurty Girl,, Cox Media, Zapp's Potato Chips, NOLA Brewing, The Brew and WRNO.

WYES encourages everyone to drink responsibly! You must be 21 to attend.

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