Bayou Teche Brewing celebrates its fifth anniversary with parties and a special anniversary brew, Persimmon Sour Ale, which features local persimmons and lactobacillus to get the sour taste.
On Jan. 31, brothers and owners Karlos, Dorsey and Byron Knott host a party at the brewery (1106 Bushville Highway, Arnaudville, 337-303-8000; www.bayoutechebrewing.com). There's a Cajun music jam session from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and zydeco music by Soul Creole from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. The anniversary is the release party for the special ale.
The following weekend, The Avenue Pub (1732 St. Charles Ave., 504-586-9243) hosts the New Orleans anniversary party and Persimmon Sour Ale debut. Beginning at 12:05 p.m., the pub will tap the birthday beer as well as other Bayou Teche barrel-aged favorites including 2013 and 2014 vintages of Loup Garou oak-aged Belgian stout; Miel Sauvage, the brewery's honey beer aged in Jack Daniels barrels; and Cote Rodaire, a saison aged in French sauvignon blanc barrels. Bayou Teche's seasonal Carnival beer, the Courir de Mardi Gras Biere de Garde, also will be served. The brewery marks the tapping of its 600th keg at the event.
"We are trying to get Polly (Watts, owner of Avenue Pub) to let us release a chicken for an old-time Cajun Mardi Gras chicken run, but so far, no dice," jokes Karlos Knott.
Three Mardi Gras krewes will parade down St. Charles Avenue that Saturday, beginning with the Krewe of Pontchartrain at 1 p.m., followed by the Krewe of Choctaw and the Krewe of Freret. Parade access to the balcony is first come, first served.