A Few Fall Brews

October 16, 2019

In Louisiana, they say there are only two seasons: summer and winter. However, if you sit still and really pay attention to the wind and the trees, you will notice that there are a few good weeks of fall thrown in there – you just can’t blink or you’ll miss them. These four beers are fall-inspired. Good for campfires and cozy nights. Perfect for that time right after the dog days of summer and right before the chill of winter decides to sink into your bones. Rich enough to help put some heat back into your soul but crisp enough to help you stay cool-headed. These are the beers of fall.

Creature of Habit – An American Imperial Brown Ale pairs perfectly with these crisp, Fall days that are moving into Louisiana. Brewed with Willamette hops and almost 100 pounds of fresh whole bean coffee from locally owned and operated Rhino Coffee, Creature of Habit has a sweet caramel and roasty malt flavor that cannot be beat. We released Creature of Habit on September 28th. It is available on tap in our tasting room and in 4-packs of 16 oz. cans.

Old Mad Joy – This Baltic Porter seems to be a crowd favorite no matter which version we put on tap. Layered with malt complexities of chocolate, coffee and roasted barley – our original version of this dark, rich lager received the bronze medal at the 2019 U.S. Open Beer Championship in the Baltic-Style Porter Division. Our Barrel Aged version took home the gold medal in the Barrel Aged German Lager division. Our newest iteration is a delicious combination of cinnamon, chocolate, vanilla and coffee that was aged in Woodford Reserve barrel for nine months – Churros y Chocolate. We released Old Mad Joy on October 5th. It is available on tap in our tasting room.

Sixth Anniversary – We wanted to do something a little different for this year’s anniversary. We had never brewed a hefeweizen before and this seemed like the perfect time. We decided to do a hefeweizen with blood oranges and were pleasantly surprised at how refreshing this beer turned out. The blood oranges are evident yet play nicely with the banana undertones hefeweizens are known for – a perfect pairing to celebrate six perfect years! We released our Sixth Anniversary beer the week of October 12th. It is available on tap in our tasting room and in 4-packs of 16 oz. cans.

I Know What I Saw – We brewed our first-ever Fresh Hop beer in 2018. We used whole cone hops from our friends at Crosby Hop Farm. We decided that it was time to do it all over, so we had the gang at Crosby overnight some fresh Idaho 7 hops and within 36 hours, we were brewing with them. Last year, I Know What I Saw was an Imperial Red that we brewed using fresh Centennial hops. This year, we have decided to do a hazy session IPA. Our 2019 I Know What I Saw has a great balance of intense fruit forward hops and absurd drinkability. We will be releasing I Know What I saw on Saturday, October 19th. It will be available on tap in our tasting room and in 4-packs of 16 oz. cans.

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