By Kim Lyle
If Cinderella had met Prince Charming at this ball, she probably would have decided to stick around after the clock struck midnight.
The Pelican House, already having the largest selection of tap beer in the surrounding area, has decided to expand their assortment with the first ever Delta Brewer’s Ball. The event will be held at the upscale Baton Rouge bar and grill, located at 2572 Citiplace Court, starting at 3 p.m. on Saturday, May 16.
Many of the regional breweries that will be present have gradually been carving out a place for their product on the shelves of local supermarkets.
“We wanted to highlight the great breweries in our region and introduce as many of our guests as possible to the people who make the beer they drink,” explained Gavin Jobe, a managing partner at the Pelican House. “Having the most local draft beer in the area, we felt a responsibility to host this event.”
Connoisseurs of the golden liquid and casual admirers alike will enjoy getting to put a face to the labels of their favorite regional beers.
“Anyone who likes to drink beer and is interested in supporting the craft beer industry in our area should attend this event,” said Jobe. “It is going to be a unique opportunity to be one on one with brewery owners and brew masters from all over Louisiana and try beers that are often very hard to come by.”
Some of the breweries that will have a booth at the ball include 40 Arpent, Abita, Bayou Teche, Chafunkta, Covinton, Gnarly Barley, Lazy Magnolia, NOLA, Parish, St. Arnold, Tin Roof, and Yaolbusha.
Highlights of the afternoon will be Parish Brewing Co.’s “Dr. Hoptagon,” a black IPA that is ‘pleasantly offensive,’ combining bitter hops with black roasted malts. “The Ghost Machine,” a double IPA, is another one of the brand’s crowd favorites with enough hops to put you ahead of Tigger in a foot race. A number of one-off kegs will also be tapped throughout the event, adding an air of exclusivity. Other noteworthy beers will include NOLA’s series of sours and Bayou Teche’s variety of creative seasonal brews.
The Pelican House has its eyes and taste buds set on the future, hoping the ball becomes a regular event that secures their name as one of the finest establishments for enjoying tap beers crafted in the area.
“Our hopes for this event are sky high,” said Jobe. “We want the brewers, guests, and our community to know that we are passionate about local and regional beers and we are looking forward to even more growth as breweries continue to pop up around the state. We would love to outgrow our space in a few years because so many people want to be involved.”
And by providing an opportunity for the community to genuinely connect with some of their favorite local brewers, while discovering new ones, they have already set themselves well on their way to achieving this goal.
Tickets will be sold for $30 each and will include an event T-shirt, a gift bag with items from each brewery, a couchon de lait sandwich bar and charcuterie table by City Pork, and a chance to win various door prizes. Tickets can be purchased in person at the Pelican House or online on their website thepelicanbar.com.