Tin Roof Brewing Company (1624 Wyoming St., Baton Rouge, 225-377-7022; www.tinroofbeer.com) has released its fall seasonal, Gameday session IPA — a hoppy beer under 5 percent alcohol by volume. Although Great Raft Brewing and Courtyard Brewery have offered versions of the low alcohol beer on tap, this will be the first Louisiana-brewed session IPA to be packaged and sold for wide distribution.
The duo behind the beer are father-and-son team Tom and Alex Daigrepont. Tom is Tin Roof's brewmaster, and his son Alex is the head brewer.
"They like and brew very different beers," says Tin Roof co-founder William McGehee. "Sometimes they'll collaborate on something, but other times it's like we're either doing it Tom's way or we're doing it Alex's way."
Tom says Gameday is an example of their collaborative process. Alex has assisted his father with homebrewing and at Tom's old brewery, Bon Temps Brewing Company, since he was a kid. "[I was] mainly helping him out with whatever he was doing," Alex says. "Tasting whatever he made. Every time we went on vacation, we would go to brewpubs and we would go to breweries."
"I always tried to plan a vacation within an hour's drive of a brewery or brewpub, where we can sit and enjoy beer as a family," Tom says. "Craft beer was always part of our lifestyle."
McGehee says the family interest in beer is evident. "It definitely reminds me of a family vibe," he says. "You can see a lot of joy in Tom seeing his son doing what he loves to do — what he's been doing since he learned from Tom. You also see an intensity you don't necessarily see in a nonfamilial workplace relationship." — NORA MCGUNNIGLE