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Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Brewsday Tuesday: Louisiana Purchase Brewing opens in Ponchatoula

Posted By on Tue, Apr 18, 2017 at 9:00 AM

click to enlarge Taylor Pellerin is the head brewer at Brieux Carre. - NORA MCGUNNIGLE
  • Nora McGunnigle
  • Taylor Pellerin is the head brewer at Brieux Carre.

Louisiana Purchase Brewing Company (128 W. Pine St., Ponchatoula,
225-362-7604) became fully permitted and licensed on April 7, making it the 35th brewery in Louisiana. Its grand opening weekend is April 28-29, for which founders Andy and Lindsey Turcotte have brewed a standard porter, a vanilla porter, a Galaxy-hopped IPA, an English-style bitter beer, a kolsch, a hefeweizen and an amber ale.

New downtown brewery Brieux Carre Brewing Company (2115 Decatur St., 504-304-4242) celebrates National Mother Goose Day May 1 with three nursery rhyme-inspired beers brewed for that night. Mother Gooseberry Berliner Weisse is a tart soured-wheat ale brewed with fresh gooseberries. Pop Gose the Weasel is a traditional German gose made with local sea salt, and Hickory Chicory Bock is a weizenbock aged with smoked hickory chips and chicory root.

“Taylor [Pellerin, head brewer] and I are always coming up with beer names way before we write our recipes,” says Brieux Carre owner Robert Bostick. “A lot of them ended up being plays on nursery rhymes. As every day is a holiday in New Orleans, we felt it only appropriate to pay homage to the nursery rhymes that we all grew up on.”

During the same week the Louisiana Craft Brewers Guild held a beer tasting for state legislators, state Rep. Cedric Glover, D-Shreveport, introduced House Bill 610, which would forbid partnerships between state-funded universities and breweries.

Speaking to The Advocate, Glover said he is concerned about mixed messages given to college students about alcohol and the issues of drunk driving, sexual assault and obesity.

The bill would impact the LSU-Tin Roof Brewing Company and the University of Louisiana at Lafayette-Bayou Teche Brewing partnerships. In 2015, Bayou Teche began brewing a series of beers based on Louisiana agricultural products. It includes Ragin Cajun Ale, a light kolsch style made with Louisiana rice.

In fall 2016, Tin Roof, which is founded by LSU graduates and benefitted from the school’s small business incubation program, partnered with LSU to sell Bayou Bengal lager. The brewery gives 15 percent of all proceeds to the university.

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