Saturday, February 15th marks the 2nd annual Iron Brewer Festival in Baton Rouge, presented Brasseurs a la Maison and hosted by Tin Roof Brewing Company. What is the Iron Brewer Festival, you may ask? This is a friendly competition amongst the members of Baton Rouge’s largest homebrew club to help benefit the Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank. The premise is similar to that of Iron Chef, the popular TV show on the Food Network. Except in this case, based on brewing rather than cooking. Last year, teams were assigned a specific Louisiana ingredient to make a beer with. This year, since the festival is taking place the day after Valentine’s Day, each team was assigned a beer style and instructed to use an ingredient that can be construed as an aphrodisiac in brewing it. The event will run from 2pm until 5pm on Saturday afternoon at Tin Roof’s brewery off Nicholson between downtown and LSU’s campus.
In 2013, ten teams each served 10 gallons of beer, and the turnout was tremendous. Over 500 people turned out to donate 1,300 pounds of canned goods and non-perishable food items to the food bank. All the beer was gone within an hour and a half. This year, Brasseurs a la Maison is upping the ante. The goal is to collect a ton of food. Literally. They aim to collect 2,000 pounds of food to donate to the food bank. And this year, every team was to provide 20 gallons of beer to serve. So with 11 teams, that’s 220 gallons of beer to serve at this year’s event. The only admission fee is a canned good or some other non-perishable food item, but you are encouraged to bring more than one in order to help us reach the goal. Guests will be given a wristband and a ticket, which will allow them unlimited samples and the opportunity to vote on their favorite beer, which will determine a People’s Choice award.
I’ll be there with one of the teams. We were assigned a wheat ale style of beer. We had many different directions we could have gone with this style. Fruit is naturally one of the first that comes to mind, and there are a number of different aphrodisiac fruits, such as strawberries, raspberries, etc. But the last thing we wanted to do was to reproduce a style that’s already popular. So we went a different route. Our entry is a green tea-infused beer using a blend of teas from Highland Coffees, which is located on Chimes Street. Our Passion & Envy Wheat ale was brewed using a Japanese green tea by the same name, which is a blend of Green Sencha and bits of dried passionfruit. What resulted was a highly quaffable ale that has a nice tartness from the tea along with a hint of sweetness from the passionfruit. We believe this will be a popular offering, and we should walk away with the People’s Choice award.
Come out and support a wonderful event next weekend at Tin Roof which benefits a great cause. See the official press release below.
Brasseurs a la Maison to Hold Second Iron Brewer Home Brew Beer Festival to Benefit the Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank
[BATON ROUGE, LA]—Local home brewing club, Brasseurs a la Maison will hold its second annual Iron Brewer Home Brew Beer Festival, Saturday February 15 from 2 p.m. – 5 p.m. at Tin Roof Brewing Company 1624 Wyoming Street. Eleven club-member teams accepted the Iron Brewer challenge. Each team was randomly provided a different style of beer and, in the spirit of romance and Valentine’s weekend, instructed to incorporate ingredients with aphrodisiac properties.
The event is open to adults 21 and over. Entry fee is at least one non-perishable food item for the Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank, but attendees are encouraged to bring more to help the organization reach its goal of 2,500 pounds. Festival goers will be allowed to vote on a People’s Choice Winner.
“Last year’s event was incredibly successful and our teams had a great time, so we decided to do it again,” stated club president, Blake Winchell. “We have a variety of styles like stout, farmhouse, blond/cream ale, English bitter and more. Word on the street is that teams are using ingredients like chocolate, strawberries, chili peppers, honey, different types of herbs and who knows what else. It should be another great event.”
Created in 2010, Brasseurs a la Maison is Baton Rouge’s largest home brewing club with over 260 members. The club meets the second Wednesday of each month to sample, discuss and learn about beer and brewing. For more information on the Iron Brewer event or the club, visit www.brbrewers.com.