Today I was able to catch up with Tin Roof Brewing co-owner Charles Caldwell on what’s going on with them in the new year. It seems like there are a lot of exciting things in store for Tin Roof in 2013, and here are some highlights.
First off, on Friday February 22nd, Tin Roof is partnering with the Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank to host an Iron Brewer tasting event by the members of Baton Rouge’s premier homebrewing club, Brasseurs a la Maison. What is Iron Brewer? Brasseurs a la Maison members were split into teams of 3 or 4, and each randomly assigned an ingredient that is grown or produced in Louisiana, which had to be featured in a beer they brewed. Twelve teams will unveil their beers on that Friday at an event at the brewery, where a guest panel of judges and you, the beer drinkers of south Louisiana, will crown the Iron Brewer of 2013. Everyone who brings a can good to donate to the Food Bank will receive a ballot, and you’ll be able to vote for your favorite beer. I was a member of one of the teams, along with fellow beer blogger Eric Ducote of BR Beer Scene, and our sweet potato saison is coming along nicely. More details to come on this unique event as we get closer to the date.
In other news, Parade Ground Coffee Porter has been a hit, and the last of it is hitting local bars and restaurants now. What does that mean? It’s time for a new seasonal. And if you’re reading this, you’re amongst the first to know that Tin Roof’s next seasonal brew will be Juke Joint IPA. According to Charles, it’s a very aromatic, hop-forward IPA, which uses Warrior and Chinook hops for bittering and Simcoe, Centennial and Cascade hops for flavoring and dry hopping. It will weigh in at 7% ABV and around 75 IBU’s. Look for Juke Joint IPA to hit the local market in draft form around March 1st. In talking to Charles, he compared Juke Joint IPA to Firestone Walker Union Jack IPA, an IPA that is full of hop aroma and flavor. I’m really looking forward to trying this one out, as IPA’s are my favorite style, and Simcoe may be my favorite hop.
In other news, Watermelon Wheat will return as the summer seasonal, and this time there should be cans available in addition to draft. This should be a June release.
Parade Ground Coffee Porter will again return next fall, and the hope is to have it out in cans then as well. They are currently aging some of last year’s coffee porter on bourbon oak cubes, and the thought is to release this limited brew next fall when the 2013 Parade Ground Coffee Porter is released.
There are also thoughts of bottling their double black IPA, Rougarou, in 22 ounce format in late 2013, but that will be dependent on how much room they have to brew and ferment it.
It sounds like it will be an exciting 2013 for Tin Roof, and I look forward to seeing how this all plays out over the year.