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Friday, May 23, 2014

NOLA Brewing with Kirk Coco: Bite and Booze Radio Show presented by Calandro's Supermarket

NOLA's Spy P.A.: Hopitoulas infused with Pineapple and Habañero
NOLA's Spy P.A.: Hopitoulas infused with Pineapple and Habañero
A couple weeks ago, and unfortunately before the Brad to Matthew Hopitoulas toss, I sat down for a good show with the founder of NOLA Brewing, Kirk Coco. Joined by my friend Chuck P. of the Me and My Big Mouth Radio Show, my Chief Confusion Coordinator, Blair Loup, and owner of Tiger Deaux-nuts, Jeff Herman, I learned a lot about Kirk, how he came up with the idea of starting NOLA Brewery and the inspirations behind some of their beers.

Kirk rolled up to the brewery floor on his Triumph motorcycle, took us inside and set us up with some of their taproom specialty brews. With New Orleans Brass playing in the background, Kirk told us how the brewery came to be, problems he's run into throughout the process, and explained the culture of the community that is craft brewing. If you're ever in New Orleans, stop by the taproom and try some of their special experimental beers, take home a growler and sing the praises of Louisiana craft beer!




The Bite and Booze Radio Show presented by Calandro's Supermarket airs on Saturdays at 5 PM and replays Sundays at 8 PM on Talk 107.3 FM in Baton Rouge. The show is hosted by Jay Ducote and won a Taste Award in January 2014 as the best food or drink based radio broadcast in the country. The producer of the show is Chris Courtney at Guaranty Broadcasting and the field producer is Charles Pierce from the Me and My Big Mouth Show. It is also available on iTunes. The show's sponsors include Calandro's SupermarketVisit Baton RougePortico Restaurant and BarLock & Key Whiskey BarLe Creole RestaurantSlap Ya Mama Cajun SeasoningMama Della's N.Y. City PizzeriaMason's GrillDonner-Peltier Distillers (Rougaroux Rums and Oryza Vodka and Gin), Louisiana Cookin' MagazineJuban's Restaurant, the Tin Roof Brewing Company, the Louisiana Culinary Institute and Triumph Kitchen.