Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Brewsday Tuesday: New year, new beers for Louisiana craft brew lovers

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click to enlarge Terrapin Brewing of Athens, Ga. will be bringing its Hopsecutioner IPA and other brews to the New Orleans market starting in January. - NORA MCGUNNIGLE
  • Terrapin Brewing of Athens, Ga. will be bringing its Hopsecutioner IPA and other brews to the New Orleans market starting in January.

On the heels of Gulfport, Miss. brewery Crooked Letter Brewing bringing  its  beers to the New Orleans market, two other well-respected and established breweries will soon be selling their beers in Louisiana as well.

Distributor Uncorked NOLA is bringing The Bruery from California’s Orange County to markets throughout the state in mid-December. Nick Selby, managing partner of Uncorked, says the decision to distribute The Bruery’s beer reflects the strength in their bottled offerings. “They’re amazing beers done by really cool people,” Selby says.

The six beers that initially will be distributed will be in 750ml bottles only (no draft). Saison Rue, a rye farmhouse ale and Mischief, a hoppy Belgian-style golden ale, represent the Bruery’s year-round offerings. Sour beers Rueuze, Oude Tart and Tart of Darkness also will be available in New Orleans at Whole Foods Markets, Elio’s Bacchanal and Stein’s. Louisiana will get a limited amount of Bruery’s fifth anniversary ale, Bois, a 15% ABV old ale aged in bourbon barrels.

The second brewery headed to town is Athens, Ga.-based Terrapin Brewing, which will launch in mid-January with its flagship beer Hopsecutioner IPA on draft, according to distributor Crescent Crown and Terrapin Area Sales Manager Steve Hayes. Hayes added that he hopes to also provide “some specialty, seasonal, one-offs and rarities” to celebrate the rollout. In February, the Hopsecutioner, along with Rye Pale Ale and RecreationAle, will be available in six-packs. “As we get closer to Spring,” Hayes says, “you can expect to start seeing all of our seasonal, Monster Tour series and side project and specialty offerings.”

Reflecting on Terrapin coming to Louisiana, Hayes says, “Our decision to start distribution in these markets was a no-brainer, really. There is a growing thirst [in Louisiana] for craft. People have been calling for Terrapin down there for a while now, and we just plain like the scene — who doesn't?”

Nora McGunnigle is a freelance writer and blogger. Follow her writing at www.nolabeerblog.com. 

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