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SAVOR Brewery Profile: Bayou Teche

Bayou Teche brews beer to compliment the cuisine and lifestyle of my beloved home of Louisiana.

Despite popular belief, there’s more coming out of South Louisiana than deep fried gator, crawfish and Abita. Bayou Teche brews beer to compliment the cuisine and lifestyle of my beloved home of Louisiana.  I grew up in Louisiana watching BMC dominate the beer landscape while Abita and Shiner made an occasional appearance at special events. Craft Beer is slowing making a name for itself in Louisiana and brewers like Bayou Teche are doing their part to give the locals something….well…local.

Location: Arnaudville, Louisiana

Type: Production brewery

Available in DC Market: No

Beer #1: LA31 Boucanee ( Smoked Beer / ? % ABV )

Notes: There isn’t a ton of info out there on this one expect that it’s a smoked ale. Bayou Teche says “LA-31 Boucanèe is our acknowledgment of the importance of the wild cherry tree to south Louisiana. Smoked meat is incredibly important to Louisiana cooking.  Andouille, tasso, and smoked pork sausage are used to flavor so many of Acadiana’s signature dishes. Using cherry-wood smoked wheat we craft surprisingly delicious and unique ale.

Beer Advocate: B+ ( 1 Review )
Rate Beer: Not Available

Beer #2: LA31 Biere Pale (/ 6 % ABV )

Notes: This is classic pale ale that uses Belgian malt, giving it a bit of bready taste and slightly sweet backbone. The bitterness is contained and provides a slight hint of floral notes. This should pair nicely with the shrimp and grits.

Beer Advocate: B ( 39 Reviews )
Rate Beer:
56 overall, 44 style

This is a great opportunity for Bayou Teche and I’m personally thrilled these guys are making the trip. I can personally attest as to how hard it is to sell craft beer in Louisiana, so supporting Bayou Teche is something I’m happy to do. There are only a small handful of smoked beers at this year’s event, so I’m anxious to see how Boucanèe compares to the others.

This profile is a part of the DCBEER.COM SAVOR Brewery Profile series. For more information, follow the link to see profiles of all 2011 SAVOR participants.

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