Covington Brewhouse Anonymous IPA

Covington Brewhouse, Covington, LA It’s the type of beer that’s always a step ahead, playing games with your taste buds, eluding your expectations before you can even articulate them.  It’s a beer that refuses to be written off, teasing you with an amazing hop aroma and a burst of the hoppiness you want in an…

Great Raft Commotion APA

Great Raft Brewing, Shreveport, LA BOLD.  GENEROUSLY HOPPED.  BALANCED. 5.5% ABV Great Raft’s Commotion American Pale Ale smells hoppy, but not as hoppy as Parish’s Envie.  It also has a somewhat fruity smell on the nose.  It tastes light, with some bitterness up front but more at the end.  There is no other real flavor….

First All-Grain Brew: Bottling Day March 26, 2016

March 26 was bottling day for the I’m Not Bitter, I’m Thirsty ESB from John Palmer’s recipe book, Brewing Classic Styles. We used 1 oz of priming sugar (corn sugar) and got two full cases of brew! Always start by sanitizing all of your equipment, including the bottling bucket, bottles, and bottle caps. Measure out your…

Bayou Teche LA 31 Biere Pale

Bayou Teche Brewing, Arnaudville, LA 5.7% ABV Bayou Teche’s LA 31 Biere Pale (Pale Ale) is amber in color.  It is sweet on the nose.  And then… it tastes like Sprite.  There’s nothing really there except a bit of bitterness with a faintly sweet aftertaste.  It is rather bubbly, almost fizzy on the tongue.  In…

Parish Envie

Parish Brewing Company, Broussard, LA 5.3% ABV Parish’s Envie American Pale Ale smells very hoppy – we are guessing that it is dry-hopped.  Very citrus notes.  It is a golden/orange color. The Envie is very bitter up front, with some fruit at the end.  The bitterness up front really beats that fruit taste down though….

Abita Wrought Iron IPA

Abita Brewing Company, Abita Springs, LA Abita Wrought Iron IPA embodies the resilient, indestructible nature of New Orleans.  This India pale ale is forged with the intensity of Apollo, Equinox, and Mosaic hops.  Brewed with pale ale malt for a golden color as bright as iron from a fiery forge. 6.9% ABV Note: Abita is…

Abita Restoration Pale Ale

Abita Brewing Company, Abita Springs, LA Restoration Pale Ale is brewed with pale, caramel, and capapils malts.  It is liberally hopped and dry hopped with Cascade hops.  This golden ale has a rich body, mild bitterness, and a snappy citrus hop flavor and aroma. 5.2% ABV Restoration Pale Ale smells like Citra hops.  It has…

Abita Purple Haze

Abita Brewing Company, Abita Springs, LA Experience the magic of Purple Haze.  Clouds of real raspberries swirl in this tart and tantalizing lager inspired by the good spirits and dark mysteries of New Orleans.  Brewed with pilsner and wheat malts along with Vanguard hops, let the scent of berries in the hazy purple brew put…

Fairhope Brewing Company – Taproom Review

*Note: Fairhope Brewing Company’s beers currently are not sold in Louisiana. This weekend we hopped about 2 1/2 hours over to Fairhope, Alabama to visit the Fairhope Brewing Company’s taproom.  It is located at 914 Nichols Ave and is very easy to find.  We planned to do the brewery tour, but missed it unfortunately.  We…

First All-Grain Brew – March 5, 2016

We used the recipe for Extra Strong Bitter from John Palmer’s recipe book: Brewing Classic Styles: 80 Winning Recipes Anyone Can Brew.  I’m Not Bitter, I’m Thirsty recipe, pg. 119.   We use an 8-gallon capacity boil kettle and the Bayou Classic burner.  We get the majority of our supplies from Brewstock at 3800 Dryades St,…

Chafunkta Old 504 Porter

Chafunkta Brewing Company, Mandeville, LA Old 504 is a Coffee and Vanilla infused Robust Porter that uses real Coffee and Madagascar Bourbon Vanilla beans, both imported by two local companies in the “new” 504, Orleans Coffee Exchange and Ronald Reginald’s Vanillas.  Named after the original “old” Louisiana statewide area code, unlike many other porters.  Old…

NOLA Rebirth Pale Ale

  NOLA Brewing Company, New Orleans, LA Rebirth – A word that inspired the return of the Crescent City after devastation, the Grammy Award winning brass band that represents New Orleans and the name of our Citra and Simcoe hopped Pale Ale.  A portion of the profits from this beer goes to The Roots of…