Craft breweries combine a few of my favorite things: creative design, cheeky copywriting (Beer Style Description Copywriter = my dream job) and good beer — usually because the beers are created by passionate people who care more for mastering the experience the beer evokes than selling the product.
Whenever we travel, we make it a mission to scope out and sample the local breweries. Lucky for us, the number of microbreweries in the U.S. more than tripled from 2000 to 2013 and continues to grow … we’ll never be thirsty as we taste our way across America.
In preparation for our travels, I created an itinerary for our Louisiana Brewery Tour:
40 Arpent Brewing Company
Beer I’d Like To Try: Orange Blossom O-Possum (Orange Honey Ale) – It’s all in the name, the blossom just sounds awesome. See what I did there?
Abita Brewing Company
Beer I’d Like To Try: Purple Haze (Lager, brewed with real raspberries) – best served with salads or light fruit deserts. Right up my alley.
Bayou Teche Brewing
Beer I’d Like To Try: Saison D’Ecrevisses (Belgian-style Saison) – named for Crawfish Season – this beer is only available from January to June. What could be more Louisiana-local than that?
Chafunkta Brewing Company
Beer I’d Like To Try: Voo Kay Ray (IPA) and Old 504 (Porter) – with only two flagship brews, each crafted as a representation of the husband and wife owners, how could I choose just one?
Beer I’d Like To Try: Covington Kolsch (Wheat Ale) – the beer that the brewery was founded on, you know it’s good.
Beer I’d Like To Try: Porter Rican (Baltic Oatmeal Milk Porter) – “infused with organic toasted coconut and aged on rum soaked oak chips”… dessert you can drink, YUM. I love everything about this company; from their design and copywriting to their name, they got it goin’ on.
Great Raft Brewing
Beer I’d Like To Try: Coffee Brown (Brown Ale) – a collaboration with Rhino Coffee (local roaster) for their 1-year Anniversary this month. Let’s celebrate.
NOLA Brewing Company
New Orleans, Louisiana
Beer I’d Like To Try: Flambeau Red – this springtime seasonal ale is “as bright and warm as the keepers of the flame that light the parade route during Mardi Gras nights.” Say no more.
Parish Brewing Company
Beer I’d Like To Try: Farmhouse IPA (Belgian-style Ale) – served exclusively in 750ml bottles, their bottle-conditioning process ensures this brew will continue to evolve in the bottle. We’ll probably have to get a few to take home.
Red River Brewing
Beer I’d Like To Try: Red River Red (Irish Red Ale) – the brewery’s version of an Extra Special Bitter (ESB) ale and my favorite use of alliteration to date. Plus, this brewery is in our area. I have a feeling we are going to become very familiar with their entire selection.
Tin Roof Brewing Company
Baton Rouge, Louisiana
Beer I’d Like To Try: Voodoo Bengal (Pale Ale) – aside from a name that I love, this beer supposedly pairs well with anything spicy… especially crawfish, gumbo and jambalaya. HELLO, Louisiana.
I may be biased, but I think that Alaska has some of the best craft brews around and because most breweries are starting to can and bottle, you can enjoy these beers all over the Last Frontier. Aside from our most famous, Alaskan Brewing Company, my top three local beers and where they should be consumed are as follows:
Denali Brewing Company
My Fave: Single Engine Red – best sipped out of the can, sitting beside the Talkeetna River with a view of Mount McKinley on a clear day.
Midnight Sun Brewing Company
My Fave: Snowshoe White – best enjoyed after a hike up Flattop Mountain, paired with any of their tasty bruschetta plates.
My Fave: Imperial Blonde – at 9.00% by volume, this brew is best prior to a walk-through of the downtown Saturday Market on a sunny afternoon.