Brasseurs a la Maison, the largest homebrew club in Baton Rouge, is hosting their 3rd annual Iron Brewer event Saturday at Tin Roof Brewing. The event is a fundraiser for the Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank, and promises to be bigger and better than ever. The inaugural event in 2013 took place on a Friday night, and the 10 teams that participated poured all their beer in less than an hour and a half, while collecting over 1,300 pounds of food for the food bank.
In 2014, the event moved to a Saturday afternoon, more teams were involved, and each team doubled the amount of beer they brewed from the previous year. The result was a more laid back afternoon of tasting beers, and nearly 2,200 pounds of food was collected for the food bank.
Naturally, year 3 brings more teams, more beer, and hopefully, more food for the food bank. The 2015 event will see teams from all corners of the state (two teams are coming all the way from Shreveport!), and there will be over 300 gallons of homebrew served.
But what is Iron Brewer, you may ask? Well, each team was assigned a specific Louisiana grown ingredient, and told to brew a beer that prominently features that ingredient. Some of the ingredients used were coffee, molasses, peaches, satsumas, sweet potatoes, rice, pecans, strawberries, local honey, and even oysters! My team was assigned pecans, and we decided to brew a pecan strong ale called The Wrath of Pecan. The beer is dark brown to ruby in color, very malty, and the pecans come through in both the aroma and flavor. Did I mention it’s 9% ABV? Our team went even further by aging 5 gallons of our beer on bourbon soaked pecans, which gives it a liquid praline character.
The event is free to the public, and runs from 1 until 4pm Saturday afternoon at Tin Roof Brewing. We ask that all attendees bring a non-perishable food item donation, which will allow them to vote on their favorite beer (which will no doubt be The Wrath of Pecan) for club bragging rights. But ultimately, this event is about collecting food and raising money for the Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank, and what better way to do it than by spending a beautiful Saturday afternoon outdoors tasting some of the fantastic creations by the homebrewers in our state?
Check out some pics from last year’s event!