On Saturday, August 20th, Craft Beer Breweries from across Louisiana will be represented in Alexandria at the 4th Annual Craft Brews, BBQ & Blues Fundraiser at the Alexandria Museum of Art from 6:00pm to 9:00pm, supported by Cenla Broadcasting.
In 2015, the Craft Brews, BBQ & Blues event at the Alexandria Museum of Art took on a new dimension. Rather than only pitting nationally distributed Craft Breweries against each other, two Louisiana-based micro-breweries were invited to take on bigger labels, and they took home the blue ribbons in all categories.
This year, the competition is stepping up, and only Louisiana based micro-breweries have been invited to compete for the ribbons in five categories: Dark, Ale, IPA, Specialty, and People’s Choice. Breweries being represented are Old Rail (Mandeville), Bayou Teche (Arnaudville), Parish Brewing (Broussard), Flying Heart (Bossier), Great Raft (Shreveport), Red River (Shreveport), and Broken Wheel (Marksville). This battle for Louisiana will feature popular beers currently available here, as well as some beers never before offered in Alexandria. Attendees will sample these great brews and decide where their vote will go, and who will take home the ribbons this year.
In addition to the Craft Beers, local barbecue teams will be on site cooking up their best dishes to pit against each other when the event is opened to ticket holders. Attendees will also be able to try all of the dishes, voting for their favorite.
To top it all off, the evening will be highlighted by live blues music with Shreveport’s Chris McCaa, aka Professor Porkchop, and his brand of Louisiana Swamp Blues. McCaa is an accomplished and acclaimed keyboardist/composer in his own right, heavily influenced by the music of New Orleans and the blues scenes of Austin and Memphis. McCaa takes his stage name Professor Porkchop in part from turn-of-the-century slang. Back in the day, piano players working in bordellos were called professors. Porkchop came from a night of heavy drinking ending at Hassel Teakell’s restaurant. “Hassel said that I could have whatever I wanted, as long as I cook it,” said McCaa. So, he cooked porkchops for everyone. That was 30 years ago, and he’s been Porkchop ever since.
Over the years, McCaa has been an integral part of some of the region’s most popular bands such as A Train, The Red Hots and MTV award-winning group, The Insatiables. In his different aggregations, McCaa has opened for such legendary artists as B.B. King, Bobby “Blue” Bland, the late Ko Ko Taylor, The Fabulous Thunderbirds, Jimmie Vaughn, Keb Mo, Asleep at the Wheel and the late lamented, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame member, Bo Diddley. Hear him at www.professorporkchop.com.
This event is $50.00 online, plus a small processing fee, or $65.00 at the door the night of the event. All money raised goes directly to benefit the Alexandria Museum of Art and its mission to provide quality art exposure and education in your community, through various programming throughout the year.