We don’t drink wine with Gumbo, we drink beer!

We iced down LA-31 and Grenade beer donated by Bayou Teche Bieres in a pirogue, and Ray Pellerin hauled all of it to South Texas in his motorcycle trailer.

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 grandfather was a bad dancer, as was his father. My father is pretty bad, as are my brothers. As for me, when I dance I look like the scarecrow in the Wizard of Oz, if he was cursed with arthritis and a strange lack of rhythm.

Arnaudville, March 17, 2010 – Acadiana’s Bayou Teche Brewing’s first beer, LA-31 Biere Pale was recently given glowing reviews by two of the world’s most respected beer experts in the April issue of All About Beer magazine. Said Bayou Teche’s brewmaster Karlos Knott, “The editors of the magazine noted that LA-31 is crafted to compliment traditional Louisiana cuisine such as red beans and rice, jambalaya, sauce piquant, shrimp Creole, chicken and sausage gumbo, fried seafood platters, crawfish bisque and ettouffe.” Knott was pleased that the magazine recognized this, saying “Brewing a beer that pairs with Cajun and Creole cuisine was our little brewery’s original intent.”

Arnaudville, January 20th, 2010 – South Louisiana is home to this country’s most complex, varied, well-seasoned and elegant food. The vast amount of dishes and the layers of flavors and spices that create them have always made it difficult to pair Cajun and Creole food with wine. Once, when shopping at a Lafayette wine store Bayou Teche Brewing’s brewmaster, Karlos Knott asked the proprietor what wine went best with a seafood gumbo he was cooking for the Christmas Eve. The owner emphatically told him “You don’t drink wine with gumbo, you drink beer!”