There is lots of exciting craft beer news in Louisiana this morning. Let’s get started.
First, the Tin Roof Brewing Company is releasing their Blonde Ale in cans in the Baton Rouge market today. See last week’s post for pictures of the cans, and look for them in your local grocery store beginning today. They should be hitting the New Orleans and Northshore markets in early May.
Secondly, Tin Roof will also be releasing their first seasonal brew in the coming weeks. Tin Roof Watermelon Wheat will be an American style wheat brewed with real Louisiana watermelons. It will be draft only, and be available for just a few months, but it’s definitely a big step for them. I’ve never had the fortune to taste a watermelon beer, so this should be interesting. It will definitely come at a great time, given that the summer months will be upon us soon. I’m also happy to see them use real Louisiana watermelons, sticking to local ingredients in brewing their beer. This should be a refreshing summer beer, which should appeal to the masses. However, I am ready to see something with a little more bite to it from Tin Roof. I know they had a prototype of a Coffee Porter at Zapp’s International Beer Fest, which would be a good start, particularly if they could partner with a Louisiana coffee company (hint, hint). There has been talk of a black IPA as well, which would be great. But if I had to choose a style for a regular release, I would like to see them do an IPA.
Lastly is some more good news, as apparently Green Flash Brewing Company will soon begin distributing in Louisiana. Hopefully that means we will soon be able to buy beers such as Le Freak (a Belgian style IPA), West Coast IPA, Palate Wrecker, Double Stout and others in Louisiana. More details to come later, but the release will be marked by an event at The Avenue Pub in New Orleans. As I learn more, I will be sure to keep you posted.
It sure is nice to have some good craft beer news here in Louisiana.
Baton Rouge’s very own Tin Roof Brewing Company released their Perfect Tin Amber ale in cans as football season began last fall. So, 8 months have passed and it’s time for another one of their brews to be canned. This time, it will be the Blonde Ale, just in time for summer and pool/beach season.
Check out the cans on this blonde:
Hopefully we’ll be seeing these in a matter of weeks at your local Baton Rouge grocery store. Now if we could get the Voodoo Bengal Pale Ale in cans…
Later this spring, Houston craft brewery, Saint Arnold, will release a special beer to help raise funds for Operation Homefront. Saint Arnold will be one of six craft breweries that will participate in “Hops for Heroes,” which will help raise funds to support wounded warriors and their families. Hops for Heroes is the brainchild of major league pitcher Chris Ray, who is currently in the Cleveland Indians organization, and Fremont Brewing Company.
The other five breweries who will participate are Cigar City (Tampa, FL), 21st Amendment (San Francisco, CA), Sly Fox (Phoenixville, PA), Perinniel Artisan Ales (St. Louis, MO) and Fremont Brewing Company (Seattle, WA).
One really interesting thing about this beer is that it will be aged on wooden bats donated by Louisville Slugger.
I’m looking forward to giving this a try when it’s released in late spring/early summer.
Read more about it at BeerPulse.
Anyone who has paid attention to my beer preferences, can tell you that I’m a fan of Belgian style ales. And no other brewery in the US does Belgian styles as well as Ommegang. So, it was with great anticipation that I finally got to try their new special release, Art of Darkness.
Art of Darkness is a malty and sweet ale, that although dark in color, goes down very smoothly. It pours a very dark brown, with a tan head. The carbonation is very apparent and sticks around throughout. The aroma is very mild, yet reminiscent of dried fruits. The taste is also mild, with no one overpowering flavor. The biscuity malts are there, but blended well with the caramel and raisin flavor. The 8.9% ABV is not overpowering at all and well hidden with a touch of warmth at the back end.
All in all, this is a fantastic ale. I’d love to see Ommegang add this one to their regular lineup, because it’s got such a pleasing flavor especially given how mild it is. I will definitely grab a couple more to age for later and see how well they mature.