Great Raft Brewing At Arm’s Length India pale lager and 1st anniversary party details

17 Sep

Great Raft Brewing is at it again. They’ve released a couple of seasonals in bombers (All My Tomorrows was a hoppy saison and Grace & Grit was a double IPA), and now comes another one. At Arm’s Length will be an India pale lager and will be available in 22 ounce bottles beginning September 25th at the brewery. At Arm’s Length will weigh in at 6% ABV and features “an absurd amount of American hops.” I know that Citra, Mosaic and Amarillo were used to dry hop with. Consider me sold!

Great Raft continues to impress with their artwork, and this one is no exception. Check out the label below.

Great Raft At Arm's Length India pale lager

Great Raft At Arm’s Length India pale lager

Also, Great Raft will be celebrating their first anniversary with a party on Friday, October 17th. Details are below, and you can get tickets here.

Check out the sweet teku glass with VIP tix:

Great Raft First Anniversary teku glass

Great Raft First Anniversary teku glass

Wow, our first year has been awesome. To thank you all for the amazing support we’ve received, we’re going to throw a rockin’ anniversary party.

We’re pouring 9+ beers at the Great Raft Brewing Tasting Room, including a crazy line-up of fun, new beers (and a few ‘old’ favorites).

VIP Tickets ($30) get you:
– Early admission from 3-4
– A sweet souvenir Teku glass
– Five 5oz. sample pours

General Admission Tickets ($15) get you:
– Admission from 4 pm on
– Five 5oz. sample pours

ANTICIPATED DRAFT LIST:

1. Southern Drawl
2. Reasonably Corrupt
3. Commotion
4. Born in a Barn II
5. Oak-aged Born in a Barn II
6. Double Dry-Hopped Commotion
7. At Arm’s Length India Pale Lager
8. All My Tomorrows
9. Depeche Mode

And a few more beers we’re working on right now!

Food vendors: Missing Link, Ki’Mexico, and more!
Music: Bristol Hills, The Devil Anse, Hwy Lions

Great Raft Brewing to launch Reasonably Corrupt in cans

11 Sep

Got this release from Great Raft Brewing yesterday. I continue to be impressed with what they are doing. Their beer is excellent, and they have some of the best artwork designs around. These cans are no exception. Check it out below.

Great Raft Brewing
Great Raft Brewing to Launch Reasonably Corrupt in Cans
- Black lager is third year-around offering in a can
- Six packs for sale at craft retailers in November

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Lindsay Nations, Press Contact
info@greatraftbrewing.com
703-606-0518 (mobile)

September 10, 2014, SHREVEPORT, La. — Reasonably Corrupt, Great Raft Brewing’s black lager currently available only on tap, will become the brewery’s latest canned beer, hitting shelves in November. The Shreveport-based craft brewery released the can design for Reasonably Corrupt making it the third canned beer available year-round.

Like its other canned beers, Great Raft Brewing commissioned Status Serigraph of Knoxville, Tenn. to illustrate the Reasonably Corrupt label with typography by DeRouen & Co. of Austin, Tex. The brewery wanted to continue with the fully illustrated can and incorporate the playfulness of the name “Reasonably Corrupt,” a tongue-in-cheek jab at Louisiana politics.

“We never anticipated canning Reasonably Corrupt as a year-round offering, but our fan base has been loud and clear,” said Andrew Nations, co-founder and president of Great Raft Brewing. “The black lager style is a sleeper hit of a beer – I’ve always loved presenting this beer as an example of complexity of flavor versus the intensity of flavor. And now, Great Raft fans will be able to enjoy Reasonably Corrupt in a can that showcases not only that complex flavor, but also locally inspired artwork.”

Starting in November, six-packs of Reasonably Corrupt cans will be available at participating retailers, as well as at the brewery. It will also remain on tap in the brewery’s tasting room.

The brewery will mark the release of Reasonably Corrupt cans with a launch party, which will be announced in the coming weeks. More information about Reasonably Corrupt, the can launch party and other Great Raft Brewing beers can be found at www.greatraftbrewing.com.

Great Raft RC

Louisiana Brewers Bash – September 24th

11 Sep

Louisiana Craft Brewers Week returns this year September 22nd through 28th. In conjunction with that, fellow food and beer blogger Jay Ducote of Bite and Booze is teaming up with all 9 south Louisiana breweries to host a Louisiana Brewers Bash. The event will be held at The Irish House in New Orleans on Wednesday, September 24th from 6-9PM.

The breweries in attendance will be 40 Arpent, Abita, Bayou Teche, Chafunkta, Covington, Gnarly Barley, NOLA, Parish, and Tin Roof. Each brewery is bringing two beers, and there should be some one offs available. I know the Gnarly Barley/Chafunkta collaboration will be available, and NOLA is bringing a barrel aged Galaxy dry hopped saison. As I hear about other beers, I’ll be sure to update this post.

It’s sure to be a great time with some outstanding food and a celebration of Louisiana craft beer.

Get your tickets here.

I know I’ll be there, and I hope to see some familiar faces as well.

Louisiana Brewers Bash

Gnarly Barley & Chafunkta Collaborating for Louisiana Craft Brewers Week

9 Sep

Zac Caramonta and Josh Erickson both are homebrewers turned craft brewery owners. The friends made their acquaintance in the Mystic Krewe of Brew homebrew club on the Northshore years ago. Today, they are pumping out their brews commercially as two of the 11 craft breweries in the state of Louisiana. Chafunkta Brewing Company sold their first pint of beer in April 2013, and Zac was at the release party to help Josh celebrate. And this past May, Gnarly Barley made their debut, with Josh right there cheering Zac on.

Of course it was inevitable that these friends would collaborate on a beer together. And with Louisiana Craft Brewers Week right around the corner, the timing was perfect. The beer style and name is to remain under wraps until closer to its unveiling. But I can tell you that a beer named after a Megadeth lyric has to be pretty badass. And I can assure you this should be a badass beer.

It’s also a very limited production, with only 6 kegs making it to various bars during the LCBW. I can tell you that the collaboration beer will be tapped in Baton Rouge at Chimes East on Monday September 22nd at 5PM then later that evening at Pelican House around 8PM. It will be featured in New Orleans on Tuesday the 23rd at Capdeville at 5:30 then at Bulldog Midcity at 8PM. Wednesday sees it at The Irish House in New Orleans at 6PM (more details on this event coming very soon). And finally, The Barley Oak in Mandeville will tap it on Thursday at 7PM. 

I’m chomping at the bit to try this one. Hope to see some of you at one of the events.

Zac Caramonta (left) of Gnarly Barley Brewing and Josh Erickson of Chafunkta Brewing are teaming up on a collaborative beer for Louisiana Craft Brewers Week.

Zac Caramonta (left) of Gnarly Barley Brewing and Josh Erickson of Chafunkta Brewing are teaming up on a collaborative beer for Louisiana Craft Brewers Week.

Parish Ghost in the Machine 2.0

5 Sep

Parish Brewing out of Broussard, Louisiana had a hit last spring with their Ghost in the Machine double IPA. Owner and brewmaster, Andrew Godley, got his hands on some different aroma hops (not sure he wants me to reveal them) and tweaked the grain bill a bit for the second version. And perhaps the best news was that this batch was bottled in 4-packs of 12 ounce bottles, instead of 750ml bottles. 

I had the opportunity to stop by the brewery’s taproom last Thursday on my way through town, and got to try it on draft as well as getting a growler fill. And yesterday saw its release in bottles and kegs in the Baton Rouge market. And let me tell you, it was like Black Friday. Retailers sold out of their allotments of bottles in short order. Fortunately, if you missed out on bottles, Baton Rouge did get a nice supply of kegs, which you should be able to find over the next week at places like The Chimes (both locations), The Cove, The Bulldog, The Pelican House, as well as some other craft beer friendly bars.

As good as the first batch was, this one is even better. The aroma is pure grapefruit with some tropical fruit notes. The massive amount of hops gives this beer such a wonderful aroma and flavor. The bitterness comes from those flavoring hops, and less so from bittering hops. This beer absolutely holds its own against the best double IPAs in the country. Period.

If you can get your hands on some, do it. It is worth it. This is the best beer brewed in Louisiana, in my opinion. And word is we may see future releases more frequently. That’s good news indeed.

Parish GITM

Tin Roof Tropical IPA and Turnrow

21 Aug

It’s been a while since I talked to the guys at Tin Roof Brewing, but I managed to catch up with one of the co-owners, William McGehee, today. They have a few things in the works over the next couple weeks, so here’s an update.

First, they are debuting a Tropical IPA today at The Chimes East. The base beer for this is their Juke Joint IPA, but this one has mango, pineapple, and lychee. The nose is full of pineapple and citrus hops with a nice citrusy, tropical fruity background. It’s got Centennial, Citra, Falconer’s Flight, Cascade, Warrior, and Columbus hops.  This will be tapped at 4:00 at Chimes East, so go by and check it out.

Tin Roof Tropical IPA

Friday, they are kegging their newest early fall seasonal, Turnrow. According to William, Turnrow is “a harvest ale brewed with fresh ground coriander. Its light, straw color and low bitterness make it a perfect complement to the hot days of early fall. The hops are Magnum and Styrian Golding, and the coriander provides just the right amount of the citrus spice to balance this refreshing brew.” Turnrow should be released on draft sometime next week. Stay tuned for information on where to find it on tap.

Tin Roof Turnrow

Rougarou imperial black ale will be brewed very soon, with a late-September or early-October release.

Construction on their tap room is progressing nicely, and they are very close to announcing an opening date. As soon as they do, I’ll let you know. I do know they plan to have 10 taps, with half being their regular lineup, and the other half being one-offs, test batches, or different takes on their flagships. I’m looking forward to seeing this in person, as it should be a really nice space, and I like trying out different beers I haven’t had.

 

Bourbon County Stout keg goes quickly in Baton Rouge Sunday

18 Aug

BCBS

Sunday isn’t a typical day to release a single keg of a specialty beer to a market. But then again, Goose Island Bourbon County Brand Stout isn’t a typical specialty beer. Yesterday, The Chimes East in Baton Rouge put a single keg of it on tap just in time for Sunday brunch. Fortunately, I had a heads up that this was happening, so I got there as the Chimes was opening at 11 AM. They gave you the option of a 13 ounce pour of it, or you could order a flight of Goose Island beers in 4 ounce tasters, such as the 312 Urban Wheat, IPA and Matilda alongside the Bourbon County.

I opted for the 13 ounce snifter pour of it, and it’s a good thing I got there early. We sat at the bar area with a good view of the tap. We were able to see how much of it was being poured, and had a pretty good idea that this keg would not last long. Sure enough, two hours later, the entire sixtel had been floated. The beauty of this was that this was entirely an organic release, with only a Facebook post and word of mouth promotion of it.

BCBS2

I was excited to get a couple pours of this amazing beer. But there’s more to be excited about. What this shows to me is that Louisiana, and Baton Rouge specifically, is far from the craft beer wasteland that it’s been portrayed as in the past. When a keg of this type of beer can sell out in two hours with little to no promotion, it tells me that there are a lot of people who appreciate these kinds of beers in our market. And that’s a good thing to show to other craft brewers who may be weighing whether or not to expand their distribution into Louisiana. For too long, we’ve been known as a state who drinks a lot of beer, albeit bad light lagers. That is changing.  The craft beer market here has really taken off over the last several years, and especially in 2014. Just this year has seen the arrival of big time craft brewers such as Terrapin, Founders, Lagunitas and Santa Fe. 2013 saw New Belgium, SweetWater and The Bruery come into the state. And the emergence of more local breweries such as Gnarly Barley, 40 Arpent, and Great Raft to go along with the established breweries like NOLA, Parish and Tin Roof has been a great thing. More and more people are turning to this artisan brewers for flavorful beers and are shunning the mass produced swill. Sure, there’s still lots of work left to be done, but our state is trending in the right direction.

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