I was invited this past weekend to an event at a local brewery that I simply could not pass up.
A chance to sample some local home brews, support the food bank, and spend some quality time outside on a beautiful Saturday afternoon. Each team was given a local Louisiana ingredient and had to incorporate it into their brew. There were some serious contenders.
Among the brews were some that I would never have dreamed up
- Blackberry stout
- Sweet potato pie
- Rice (Sake bomb heffe)
- Coffee (Four different coffee roasts infused into a blonde ale, spectacular!)
- Oyster Stout (not my favorite)
- Maple glazed bacon
- Honey cayenne
- Wrath of Pecan (fitting name considering the recent circumstances)
- Rumple Figskin milk stout (rum fig)
- Strawberry Hibiscus saison
- Torsion de la canne
A few of them stood out above the rest. I was torn for my number one favorite pick between the sweet potato pie, and the coffee blonde (I had the sumatran). The strawberry hibiscus tasted very similar to Stones Hibiscusicity. A few of the others tasted exactly how they sound, and were pleasant (oyster excluded, they definitely drew the short straw). The surprise to me was the maple bacon, which tasted like someone had poured a five gallon pail of liquid smoke into it, and was surprisingly undrinkable.
Combine 14 local home brews, good company, and a beautiful 70 degree sunny Saturday in February and what do you get?
A guy could get used to this life.
Be sure to check out Tin Roof Beer to see some of the cool local events they host! (Trivia Thursdays anyone?)