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The Latest Lakefront My Turn
It's dark; it's sweet; and it's John's turn.

The latest My Turn Series brew from Lakefront Brewing is intriguing. My Turn John is a sweet dark cherry lager concocted by John, a long-time tour guide at Lakefront. Find out for yourself what John was thinking when he created the brew at the beer’s release party on Jan. 10 at the Riverwest Public House (815 E. Locust St.). Sample the brew from 7 to 9 p.m. and see how John’s recipe stacks up.

Another Trip to New Orleans

For the second year in a row I made it to The Big Easy for a few days before New Year’s Day. This time I made it to Avenue Pub, a staple on Draft Magazine’s top 100 beer bars list. My advice to any travelers going to New Orleans in the near future: Head to the rustic spot on St. Charles Avenue before going anywhere else (don’t worry about checking the hours, the place is open all day, every day). Avenue has more than 40 taps and a long bottle list that includes a fair amount of rarities. Plus, it has much more of a neighborhood pub vibe than you’ll find in other places in NOLA (that atmosphere is nonexistent on Bourbon Street). For the record, I ordered a Green Flash Palate Wrecker and a Beer Geek Brunch Blend stout while I was there. 

Barley Pop of the Week

Permanent Funeral isn’t exactly the most uplifting name for a brew, but it’s one that seems appropriate coming from the dudes at Three Floyds. The imperial IPA is bitter, citrusy and delicious. Three Floyds rarely disappoints, and they certainly haven’t with Permanent Funeral. Unfortunately, it’s kind of hard to find. If you see it, pick up two.

Quick Taps

It’s about that time...Hopslam time. I realize that the frenzy surrounding Bell’s Hopslam is a little ridiculous. But it’s my favorite IIPA, and it will be showing up around town in a week or so. The yearly release is by far the best part of January.

Looks like District 14 Brewery and Pub in Bay View (2273 S. Howell Ave.) may start serving in February. Judging from the place’s Facebook page owner Matt McCullough has been through a fair amount to get the place up and running. I’m looking forward to the opening.

Events Brewing

Wednesday, Jan. 8: A big event is happening at Three Cellars (7133 S. 76th St.). It’s a rare chance to try Sam Adams Utopias (without shelling out $220 for a full bottle). Call 414-235-3336 for a required reservation and more information.

Thursday, Jan. 9: The monthly Barley’s Angels meeting takes place at Steny’s (800 S. 2nd St.). Bring $5 and show up at 6 p.m. to start tasting and talking about beer.

Saturday, Jan. 11: Taste East Coast beers at Three Cellars from 1 to 4 p.m.

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