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Tin Roof to release St. Paddy’s Day beer
When you think of beers to drink while celebrating St. Patrick’s Day, what’s the first one that comes to mind?
If you said “green beer,” you’re wrong.
Whatever you do this weekend, don’t drink an American light lager spiked with green food coloring. Have some dignity. That’s an insult to St. Patrick and all of Ireland. You should drink a delicious roasty stout, like Tin Roof’s latest beer.
Tin Roof Brewing is paying homage to St. Patrick this weekend in its own fun way with the release of Magic Marshmallows. This small batch milk stout is brewed with Lucky Charms cereal, marshmallow-flavored coffee and lactose.
You read that right: a beer with Lucky Charms cereal.
That magically delicious breakfast treat we all enjoyed as kids is now served in a glass instead of a cereal bowl, and adults can enjoy it.
Magic Marshmallows is the third release in Tin Roof’s new small batch program. The first two beers, JuJu Imperial IPA and Haze Hunt Triple IPA, never left the taproom and sold out on their release days. However, this release will see limited distribution to some of the usual craft beer-centric bars and restaurants around town, as well as establishments along the Wearin’ of the Green parade route.
You’ll be able to grab a pint of Magic Marshmallows at places like The Overpass Merchant, Ivar’s, Parrain’s and Zippy’s during the parade and at after-party shenanigans. There will also be a small amount on draft and in cans available for purchase at Tin Roof’s taproom, beginning at 4 p.m. Friday.
Bayou Teche to host anniversary party
If you’re not headed to the Baton Rouge St. Patrick’s Day parade, consider a road trip to Arnaudville for Bayou Teche Brewing’s eighth anniversary celebration. The “Feel the Love Party” starts at 11 a.m. Saturday and features multiple beer releases, Irish and Cajun food from Toby Ryder, and music on the patio from the Black Pot Ramblers.
Bayou Teche’s eighth anniversary beer is called Hoptopussy, and there’s a definite James Bond theme to it (“Octopussy” was one of the flicks in the series). This is an English-style IPA, dry hopped 8 times with nearly 8 pounds of hops (called “007 The Golden Hop”) per barrel.
The party will also feature a limited number of special bottle-conditioned beers available for purchase, including Meditations by Descartes, a dry-hopped satsuma witbier brewed with local honey; Symposium by Plato, a black saison fermented on pinot noir grapes; and Cop Cop, a French-style farmhouse ale brewed with honey and elderflower.
If you’ve never visited Bayou Teche’s taproom, prepare for an experience unlike any other. This brewery is pure Cajun through and through. There’s a patio with picnic tables, wooden rocking chairs and a makeshift stage where there’s seemingly always a Cajun band passing a good time. Spring is the best time to visit because the outdoor space is beautiful. The laid-back atmosphere reflects the slower paced way of life in Acadiana.
Abita the latest to ‘Hop On’ the hazy IPA train
While Abita Brewing is considered the craft beer pioneer in Louisiana, it has never been known for its hoppy brews. But with the growing popularity of the hazy IPAs, the New Orleans brewery finally decided to hop on the haze train, or streetcar in this case.
Hop On is a 6 percent ABV “juicy pale” that straddles the line between American pale ale and IPA. Brewed with Cascade, Citra and Eukanot hops, this lightly colored ale has the hazy look everyone is chasing these days. But appearances aren’t the only thing this beer has going for it.
As someone who enjoys hazy and juicy IPAs, it was disappointing that a brewery of Abita’s size and stature had yet to bring to market a really solid IPA. That has now changed.
Hop On is a well-done beer. It not only nails the look, but it is a fuller-bodied beer packed with plenty of tropical and citrus flavors. For a brewery that is known for fruited lagers like Strawberry Harvest and Purple Haze, Abita has managed to brew a fruit-forward beer without any fruit, using only the glorious hops I crave.
Look for cans of Hop On at area supermarkets and bottle shops as well as on draft at your favorite restaurants and bars.