The third annual Louisiana Winter Beer Festival takes place tomorrow in Lake Charles at the Historic Calcasieu Marine National Bank building. Co-chair and co-founder of the Festival Nick Villaume says they chose Lake Charles to host the event to show off the culture and history of the city. He says they’ve created a world class festival that can stand up to one in a major market.
“We focus heavily on creating a festival that’s not just accessible to the general public but also one that is of interest to beer connoisseurs, as well.”
Tickets are 50 dollars per person and are available on lawinterbeerfest.com. Villaume says what makes the Winter Beer Festival special is their big focus on Louisiana breweries. He says over 125 beers are on the menu from about 45 different breweries this year.
“We’ve got some special released beer that’s just coming out at the festival. One of them is from Crying Eagle Brewery here in Lake Charles that is called Hot Blooded.”
Villaume says Crying Eagle Brewery is hosting a Louisiana Brewers Ball tonight from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. He says they’re also introducing another Louisiana beer at the festival.
“There is also a collaboration beer with NOLA Brewing out of New Orleans that will be available at the festival, as well.”