Out and About Till Your Bones Ache
Autumn, and we use that term VERY loosely, in NOLA blows the doors off of events because the weather generally turns cooler and makes outdoor activities attractive. Mother Nature was a little less cooperative this past weekend with unending heat, but that did not stop festivals and other activities from going on. It was of course Art for Art's Sake weekend which is the fall citywide gallery openings. In addition to art openings, the Fall Garden Show at City Park, the Beignet Festival, and the Japan Festival were all in full swing. Of course you always have to sneak in a few local brewery visits so we did that in between....and no, we do not actually do everything that is happening every single weekend.
The Fall Garden Show needs mentioning because of the delicious $5.00 Mojito creation that has been present for years. This fresh rum creation comes with a sprig of mint to balance out the wonderful taste, and volunteers as old as your grandparents(some of your grandparents) are happy to serve them up. It provides a great relaxing way to make you spend even more money on plants and gardening accessories.
Because we needed some AC after the park, we were fortunate enough to hit Wayward Owl on their last weekend for the tap room. The owner and brewmaster Justin was on site and gave us the skinny on why they were closing and what future plans were going to be. You'll still be able to get the beer since they filled many kegs and soon they will be gypsying in another brewery's facility to keep the owl flying. Yes we did not understand what Gypsying meant either and it simply means they will brew their recipe in another brewery that welcomes them.
Skipping the downtown area for Uptown Magazine Street for Art for Art's Sake was our Saturday evening path. Magazine continues to remain the more relaxed area for this event because galleries serve their own cocktails as you stroll, bands are present on most block, bars and restaurants are everywhere allowing you to complement your night with food and perfect cocktails, and people watching is pretty stellar. Local artist Mignon Faget had a twist on the classic Mimosa with orange shrub topping Veuve Clicquot Champagne.
Jack Rose was our final destination of the evening and since it was Saturday, was a scene out of a Bravo Television series and quite entertaining. Food was of course spectacular and we discovered one of the most creative Hendrick's Gin drinks served in a teapot.
Sunday Funday brought us to Urban South which was bedecked in full Oktoberfest decor. Urban South continues to tweak their lower garden district beer garden which makes it appealing for adults and young people alike. Multiple televisions have expanded football selections on Sunday and kids are easily accommodated with a bouncy house and many arcade machines. Of course there are multiple beer selections on tap,and those brands not on tap are readily available in cans in the "merch" store.
Urban South Brewery
1645 Tchoupitoulas Street
2031 St Charles Avenue