Baton Rouge is finally getting their second craft brewery this spring with the opening of Southern Craft. Joseph Picou and Wes Hedges have been quietly working to build their brewery and have at last officially revealed the two beers they will launch with.
This rye is based on our original recipe that won 2nd place in the 2011 National Homebrew Competition in San Diego. It is the brew that started it all for us. The featured ingredient is Carolina rye malt, which is produced using an heirloom variety called Wrens Abruzzi that has been grown in the South for over 200 years.
Pompous Pelican uses local raw cane sugar from the oldest sugar cane plantation in the United States and southern Cascade hops from a small farm in the Southern Appalachian Mountains. It is justly named after our state bird. Early European settlers were so impressed with the pelican’s generous and nurturing attitude that it became a symbol of Louisiana, and now, it’s the symbol of our Double IPA.
Check out Southern Craft’s new website which launched today, and keep an eye out on details of their rollout set for April.