Brewsday Tuesday: Ragin' Cajuns ale and beer news

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Bayou Teche's Karlos Knott and Lafayette-area distributor Charles "Buddy" Schilling announce the official University of Louisiana beer on Sept. 10. - JADYNE BELL
  • JADYNE BELL
  • Bayou Teche's Karlos Knott and Lafayette-area distributor Charles "Buddy" Schilling announce the official University of Louisiana beer on Sept. 10.


• Bayou Teche Brewing and the University of Louisiana at Lafayette announced the launch of an official school beer earlier this month. The release of Ragin’ Cajuns Genuine Louisiana Ale preceded the first home football game of the season.

According to the brewer and the school, the collaboration is one of the first such partnerships between a university and a brewery. The beer is a Kolsch style brewed with rice, made to complement tailgating food. It's also an easy-drinking style for early fall's hot weather.

• The owners of Red River Brewing Company in Shreveport announced a significant expansion of brewery facilities. Co-founders Jared Beville, Robert McGuire and Beau Raines are moving from a small warehouse space to a 23,000-square-foot facility that will house a 20-barrel brewhouse and a tap room. The shift to the new space should be complete by spring 2016, but the owners would like to open the tap room by the end of 2015.


Red River also is releasing a new beer in conjunction with the expansion, Session 18, a session-style IPA with a low alcohol level. The new facility will feature a bottling line, and Beville says the expansion should impact the brewery’s distribution in southern Louisiana. “One of my personal milestones is to be able to drink one of our beers at the bar while having a shrimp po-boy at Parkway (Bakery & Tavern),” Beville says.

• Paradigm Gardens, the urban farm/garden in Central City, announced its fall music series. It kicks off Sept. 29 with the Mike Dillon Band. The events will feature food from Paradigm's restaurant partners Meauxbar, Coquette and Patois, and the series is sponsored by Courtyard Brewery.

“I was just happy to get invited to the party," Courtyard brewer/owner Scott Wood says. "I’m friends with Mike [Stoltzfus of Coquette] and Kristen [Essig of Meauxbar] and I like their food a lot, and I guess they like my beer, which is rad.” 


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