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Beer Buzz: news from NOLA Brewing and Bayou Teche

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NOLA Brewing Company won a silver medal in the "Brett Beer" category at the World Beer Cup. Results were announced May 6. There were 70 entries from breweries around the world in the Brett Beer category.

  Sponsored by the Brewers Association, the World Beer Cup is held every other year during the Craft Brewers Con- ference. The number of entries increased 38.5 percent from 2014, and 2,011 breweries from 63 countries submitted 6,596 beers to the competition this year.

  "There are so many great funk and sour beers out there,' says Alex Flores, NOLA Brewing's "Director of Funk." "So to win a World Beer Cup award and be recognized among those breweries is a major honor for us."

  NOLA Brewing was the only Louisiana brewery to win a medal at this year's competition. "[I]t shows just how far the beer culture in Louisiana has grown," says NOLA Vice President of Sales Davis Cranford.

  Bayou Teche Brewing recently collaborated on a beer at Sierra Nevada's Beer Camp. Bayou Teche co-founder Karlos Knott traveled to Sierra Nevada's Mills River, North Carolina brewery to work with brewers from Wicked Weed Brewing in Asheville, North Carolina, Funky Buddha Brewery in Orlando Park, Florida, Creature Comforts Brewing Company in Athens, Georgia and Austin Beerworks in Austin, Texas to create the "Southern table beer" Sweet Sunny South, which Knott described as a "peach tea-inspired saison." Its corn grits, black tea, honeysuckle and peaches represent Southern ingredients and traditions, while papaya, guava and prickly pear incorporate tropical flavors typical of southern Florida. Breweries across the nation collaborated on six Beer Camp series beers, which were released May 11.

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