Drew Brees had two reasons to celebrate on Sunday (Jan. 13). At the Mercedes-Benz Superdome, the quarterback led the New Orleans Saints to victory over the Philadelphia Eagles, moving the team one step closer to the Super Bowl. Later that night, Brees headed to Port Orleans Brewery on Tchoupitoulas Street for an early blow-out celebration his 40th birthday.
Brees turns 40 Tuesday.
Many current and former members of the Saints team showed up to party with Brees, including coach Sean Payton, Thomas Morstead, Jeff Charleston, Cam Jordan, Demario Davis, Alvin Kamara, Michael Thomas and Zach Strief. The Port Orleans Brewery is co-owned by Strief, now the radio play-by-play announcer for the Saints. Other notable guests included musician Trombone Shorty and comedian Keegan-Michael Key.
The brewery’s taproom was completely redecorated for the occasion, with artificial turf laid down on the floor. Guests could sip shots from a giant ice sculpture in the shape of a “40.”
A photo booth was was set up, which even printed photos onto the tops of cocktails.
The entertainment line-up included T-Ray the Violinist, DJ Mike Swift and the 80s cover band the Molly Ringwalds.
When it came time for Brees to blow out his candles, Darwin Turner, aka Choppa, serenaded the birthday boy with “Choppa Style.”
Ellen DeGeneres, talk show host and New Orleans native, even sent a video greeting, telling Brees she was “very grateful to call you my friend.”
What are your birthday wishes for Brees?