What follows is the September 18th edition of my weekly column written for DIG Magazine.
The week of Sept. 23-29 marks the first Louisiana Craft Brewer Week. The week is for celebration and recognition of the contributions by craft brewers to our state. Louisiana craft breweries contribute to our economy, support local agriculture and promote our culture – not to mention complimenting Louisiana’s unique cuisine. Be on the lookout, there will be many events in Baton Rouge during the week to highlight our local breweries, and I encourage you to drink locally.
Bayou Teche Brewing is located just to the west in Arnaudville, and prides itself on brewing uniquely Louisianan beer. The brewery’s latest to hit our market is Cocodrie, a blend of a Belgian-style Tripel with a hoppy IPA. Brewed with Pilsner malt, European hops and both Belgian and French yeasts, this one of a kind beer is one to be savored. It pours a hazy golden-orange with a beautiful cream-colored head that fades quickly. The aroma is herbal and fruity, and the taste follows suit. The citrusy hops meld with the spicy yeast to create a dangerously drinkable hybrid IPA.
Bayou Teche Cocodrie would be the perfect compliment to crawfish étouffée or alligator sauce piquant, or you may easily enjoy this unique Louisiana ale on its own. Look for Cocodrie at The Beverage Store and other specialty bottle shops.
Cost: $8 per 650ml ounce bottle