Arnaudville, May 5, 2011 – Bayou Teche Brewing has been selected to be a representative brewery highlighting the pleasures of fine food enjoyed with amazing craft beer at the sold-out SAVOR: An American Craft Beer & Food Experience in Washington, D.C. on June 3 and 4. Of the more than 1600 craft breweries currently in America, only 72 have been selected for this honor. Bayou Teche Brewing is the only brewery from Louisiana chosen for this year’s event, and one of only a handful from the South.Presented by the Brewers Association and now in its fourth year, SAVOR is considered the benchmark of beer and food pairing events and will illuminate the sensory delights of craft beer for those in attendance. “Our family started our little brewery just over a year ago knowing that we wanted to craft beers to compliment Cajun and Creole cuisines and lifestyles – to be selected at the nation’s premiere food and beer event to us is a big honor. My brothers and I, and our families are looking forward to being in our nation’s capitol for the event,” said Karlos Knott, Brewmaster of Bayou Teche Brewing.
As American palates continue to become more sophisticated, many have discovered that craft beer is the perfect complement to food. Wine Spectator wrote of the combination potential, in the March 2011 issue, “One reason for beer’s versatility is that beer makers have more to work with than wine makers. Particularly in the United States where they are less fettered by tradition.”
With the success of craft brewers and their fuller flavored beers, it was only a matter of time before beer and food pairings gained attention. Today, many of the best restaurants in the world have made room on their menus for craft beer and food pairings. Even Food & Wine magazine is recognizing craft beer’s tremendous potential: “The results [of collaborations] are often beers that are as complex as wine and just as food friendly.”
During SAVOR, Bayou Teche Brewing will be serving LA-31 Biere Pale paired with Shrimp in a Blanket. The chefs responsible for the beer and food parings feel that the beer’s malt offers up a slight nuttiness and sweetness that will complement the natural salt of the shrimp. The grit cake blanket will finish up the balanced bite. Also poured will be the brewery’s Boucanee smoked wheat beer which will be served with Poblano and Corn Salsa. The light cherrywood smoked beer and the roasted poblano pepper of the salsa will combine to give one short burst of intense smokiness before the beer takes over and calms the palate.
This year’s educational salons at SAVOR will feature the participation of well-known chefs and craft brewers and require a separate ticket purchase. Just 11 breweries are honored with participation in these small, very limited ticket Salons and Bayou Teche was chosen. Their Salon – whose tickets sold out in 20 minutes is named, Joie De Vivre (Joy Of Living): Beers Crafted For Cajun, Creole And Foods Of The Deep South; will feature their passion Passionné fruit beer and Boucanne paired with oysters, andouille, Spanish and Dutch cheeses, and raw oysters. The Brewers Association website warns this year’s attendees to get there on time before everyone from Bayou Teche Brewing eats all of the oysters!