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Beer news from Bayou Teche Brewing, Red River Brewing and Courtyard Brewery



Bayou Teche Brewing and the University of Louisiana at Lafayette (ULL) launched an official school beer, Ragin' Cajuns Genuine Louisiana Ale, before ULL's first home football game of the season earlier this month.

  The beer is a Kolsch style brewed with rice and designed to complement tailgating food.

The owners of Red River Brewing Company in Shreveport announced an 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 brewing system and a tap room. The shift to the new space should be complete by spring 2016, but the owners hope to open the tap room by the end of 2015. Red River will release a new beer in conjunction with the expansion. Session 18 is a session-style IPA with a low alcohol level. The new facility will feature a bottling line, and Beville says the expansion should broaden 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 will kick off Sept. 29 with the Mike Dillon Band. The bimonthly events will feature food from Paradigm's partners Meauxbar, Coquette and Patois. 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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