The Brewmaster of Bayou Teche Brewing, Karlos Knott developed an appreciation for the finely brewed beers of Europe while serving as a US Army Cavalry Scout in Germany in the 1990’s. While there, he savored the local beers and cuisines that had evolved symbiotically together.
Transferred to the Pacific Northwest just as that region’s microbrewery scene was just starting to explode, Karlos often visited these small emerging breweries and then started brewing small batches of beer at home. This new found hobby made it possible for him to craft a tolerable hefeweizen, a German wheat beer which at that time was near impossible to get in the states.
After his discharge from the Army, he came back to Acadiana, crafting beers for special family occasions and honing his brewing skills, all the while listening to Cajun and Zydeco music.
He has a Bachelors of Arts degree in English from the University of Maryland European division.
When not brewing beer, drinking beer, or reading about brewing or drinking beer, Karlos enjoys playing his Cajun accordion, cooking for and spending time with his family and cruising rural Acadiana highways on his Harley Springer looking for the elusive perfect link of boudin.
Or bag of gratons.
Byron “Free Lunch” Knott earned a bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the University of Southwestern Louisiana. A noted local artist, his uplifting and colorful pop art paintings have been seen around Lafayette and area art shows for the last decade.
He has traveled several times to Europe to experience the local brews and contemplate the classic paintings he had studied in college. His last trip to Europe was to the former East Germany, tasting beers (schwartzbier, Damphbier, and some tasty Pilsners) and visiting art museums that were verboten to Americans until the wall came down.
Byron paints the pop art scenes on the sides of our six pack boxes and is the production manager for the Arnaudville brewery. He has become quite the brewer himself and is the creative mind behind some of the more non-traditional and frankly bizarre ingredients and techniques of some of our beers.
When not brewing, Byron loves to visit the small towns, vineyards and woodlands of the South. His quest for the region’s unique wine, beer and moonshine has often led to revelatory inspirations for everyone at the brewery. He still enjoys painting on large canvasses, writing poetry, and composing songs. Every Sunday during crawfish season he can found boiling crawfish at our family’s communal outdoor kitchen, ice-chest of cold LA31’s nearby.
The youngest brother, Dorsey, helps in sales. He worked through college as a bartender and nightclub manager before serving in the U S Air Force as a contract specialist. He has been the operations manager of a regional data integration company and the general manager of a food distribution warehouse.
An avid sportsman, Dorsey can be found most mornings during the winter in his duck blind and later, during crawfish season, wearing hip boots pulling a bateau in our family’s crawfish pond. He also is an avid angler, throwing his hook where ever the fish are hiding.
He shoots or catches a lot of the ingredients for our Gumbos.
When he is not on the road visiting the stores that carry our beer or tasting LA-31 on tap with a new bar account, Dorsey is the producer, and brother Byron is the cameraman for a YouTube cooking series known as the Cajun Wife, staring his wife Laurin.