Craft Beer Trends in Louisiana

A bit about how craft beer brewing and drinking is slowly growing thoughout the state- here's the article.

Louisiana has five local craft breweries where the beer is made onsite. They are: Abita Brewing Co. in Abita Springs, Parish Brewing Co. in Broussard, Heiner Brau Microbrewery in Covington, NOLA Brewing in New Orleans and Tin Roof Brewing Co. in Baton Rouge, the state’s newest. Bayou Teche Brewing in Arnaudeville has much of its beer brewed by Lazy Magnolia Brewing Co. in Kiln, Miss., until its expanded brewery is fully operational, which is likely about a year away, said Karlos Knott, brewmaster for Bayou Teche Brewing.

In 2008 Louisiana ranked 50th in the nation in the number of craft breweries per capita, according to the Brewers Association.

I'm really interested in the Parish Brewing model, since that's probably the way that Tom and I may start out one of these days. And by "model" I mean "a dude brewing and selling beer." There's a bit of background on him in the article.

Have not been drinking too much beer in the new year (not sure why, that's just how it's been working out) but I did recently have the opportunity to sample Schafly's 2007 and 2008 Vintage barleywine ales, which were pretty stellar, particularly the 2008. Also tried a bit of a new cider on the market from Crispin Cider called Lansdowne- it's a cider made with Irish Stout yeast, which makes it a very interesting and complex beverage to drink and enjoy. I liked it; would like to have a glass of it to savor in the near future... apparently it is reasonably priced and available at Cork & Barrel and the Avenue Pub. Go get you some!