By: Nora McGunnigle, Eater Nola
Although the second floor Balcony Bar at the Avenue Pub is rented out for private parties for the most high profile parades, this weekend, not only is it open to the public, but there will be amazing beers debuted by Louisiana breweries to boot.
On Saturday, January 30, NOLA Brewing's sour beer will be flowing - sour beers are great for marathon drinking, because they're refreshing and low ABV. New ones on tap are: Desire, a raspberry sour aged in white wine barrels; Out Tequila, a sour with kafir lime leaves, pineapple, and coconut aged in tequila barrels; and although not new, it's been tough to find on tap - NOLA and 7eventh Sun's sour collaboration, House of the Rising, which uses mayhaw and strawberries. There will also be several other sour and non-sour offerings on hand.
The balcony opens at 11 a.m., the first parade (Pontchartrain) kicks off uptown at 1pm, and should arrive at the pub by 2 p.m. or so. Other parades following in the afternoon are Choctaw and Freret, with Sparta and Pygmalion kicking off later on, around 6pm.