The Easter Bunny Put Some Beer in My Basket! Thursday, Mar 14 2013 

The Easter Bunny Can Put Some Beer in My Basket!

The long hard two-week winter has come to an end in South Louisiana.  It is now time for festivals, crawfish bowls and outdoor grilling. Many area breweries are releasing their spring offerings.  Here are some great new beers to enjoy while enjoying a bright spring day.

Parish Brewing Company is now selling their Envie, an American pale ale in Lafayette and it should be available in Baton Rouge and NOLA in the next two weeks.  Their Farmhouse IPA will take the stage in another month.  This is Parish; so we expect nothing but great things.

Spring IPA is Abita’s new seasonal and should be on store shelves now.  Of course, their Strawberry Harvest is available as well.

Tin Roof should be debuting their Juke Joint IPA soon.  So look for it in kegs.

Flambeau Red returns as NOLA Brewing’s seasonal. But can we tell you we were so glad to see Irish Channel Stout become a regular thing instead of just a winter seasonal. Their West Coast style IPA, Hopitoulas is now sold in cans. And if you have never tried their imperial IPA—Mechahopzilla, well we just feel sorry for you.

Bayou Teche Brewing has engineered a beer to be served at your next crawfish boil.  Their Saison D’Ecrevisses is a Belgium style Saison available in 22oz bottles.  Get it now, because it will be gone soon!

St. Arnold’s seasonal is their Spring Bock. But the real excitement centers around their Icon Blue, a black IPA that the second release in the Icon series.  Also their Divine Reserve 13, a Belgium Quadrupel hits stores next week.

In Mississippi, Lazy Magnolia has released their Lazy Saison just in time to watch the tulips slowly bloom.

Want to expand your horizons past the Gulf Coast?  DBG’s friend, the Beer-Goddess-Fairy says Prairie Artisan Ales out of Oklahoma will be debuting Prairie Somewhere a sour farmhouse ale this week or try a Wasatch Apricot Wheat Ale. New distributorships mean Cambridge, Goose Island and New Belgium Brewery will all have beers available in the Red Stick soon.

PS–Get the inside scoop on some new brewers entering the market in Louisiana.  Check out this great Gambit article on the craft beer scene in 2013. http://www.bestofneworleans.com/gambit/louisianas-craft-brew-scene/Content?oid=2157953

PSS–Don’t forget to get your tickets for Zapp’s Beer Fest on April 6th.  You won’t regret it! http://www.zappsbeerfest.com/

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Louisiana Craft Beer Article for Country Roads; Bastille Day; Lillet Cocktail Friday, Jul 6 2012 

DBG—Country Roads

 

Hi Red Stickers!

 

Our friends at Country Roads Magazine were nice enough to let DBG write an article on craft beer in Louisiana.  And oh boy, the “research”  DBG got to do was mighty fun.  Beer fans should check it out.  You might find a new favorite brew. 

 

http://countryroadsmagazine.com/Cuisine/the-craft-beer-revolution-in-louisiana

 

Missed celebrating the 4th of July because it was in the middle of the week? The French will be celebrating La Fete Nationale 10 days later. So storm the Bastille and whip up a cocktail made with France’s favorite wine aperitif—Lillet.  Lillet is available in both blanc or rouge.  It is a blend of either is Bordeaux or Sauvignon Blanc, citrus liquor, and quinine. (Think Pimm’s, but different.) Lillet Blanc over ice with a slice of orange makes an excellent summer cocktail.  You can find Lillet at your nicer liquor stores.  Lillet was also a favorite of Hannibal Lector, and we all know how serious he was about his food and beverage.  Want to get fancy?  Check out the recipe below. 

 

Liberté Cocktail

 

3 ounces Lillet Blanc

1 ounce gin

2 dashes orange bitters

Garnish: orange peel

 

Stir ingredients together with ice and strain into a cocktail glass. Garnish with a thin slice of orange peel.

 

Louisiana did fly under the French flag for a while. So eat some frites, play some Petanque (French Bocce Ball) and celebrate the nation who gave us Chanel, Hermes, Cartier, and the metric system. 

 

PS–DBG would never let you eat cake; she would let you eat an éclair.

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