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Beer buzz: Bayou Tech Brewing expands, brews new beer 

Bayou Teche Brewing (1106 Bushville Highway, Arnaudville, 337-754-5122; www.bayoutechebrewing.com) has much to celebrate this holiday season, including a new collaboration with Grammy-nominated Cajun band Lost Bayou Ramblers, an expansion in production and a new IPA.

  Bayou Teche has collaborated with the Lost Bayou Ramblers since the brewery supplied the band with beer during recording sessions for Mammoth Waltz in 2010. The band's new single, "Aloha Golden Meadow," is featured in the band's first music video. Bayou Teche is brewing Aloha Golden Meadow Farmhouse Ale, which will be available on draft and in 22-ounce bottles starting Dec. 18. Aloha Golden Meadow is brewed with both French saison and French cider yeasts, giving the farmhouse style ale complex flavors, and it includes pineapple, blueberry and lime juices.

  There are instructions on bottles of Aloha Golden Meadow for a free download of the namesake track. Release events include a show at One Eyed Jacks (615 Toulouse St., 504-569-8361; www.oneeyedjacks.net) Dec. 16 and at the brewery on Dec. 18.

  Bayou Teche is expanding its facility, increasing space for its taproom and production.

  Swamp Thing IPA will be added to the brewery's roster of flagship beers in January 2017.

• In other news, Wayward Owl Brewing Company (3940 Thalia St., 504-827-1646;  www.waywardowlbrewing.com) is now distributing its beers to bars and restaurants through Crescent Crown Distributing. Also, Freret Beer Room (5018 Freret St., 504-298-7468; www.freretbeerroom.com) has secured alcohol permits and is now serving beer. It is open for lunch Saturday and Sunday and dinner Wednesday through Monday.

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