Brewmaster says new beer complements Cajun foods


Assistant Food editor

ARNAUDVILLE — Bayou Teche Brewing is celebrating crawfish season with a festive new beer.

Saison d’√©crevisses, or crawfish season ale, is a Belgian-style farmhouse ale that is the first in Bayou Teche’s line of limited-release brews, dubbed the Lagniappe Series.

“For our inspiration, we brewed many 5-gallon test batches of this beer on the propane rig our brewery uses for weekend crawfish boils,” brewmaster Gar Hatcher said in a news release. “We wanted to craft a beer to complement the spicy epitome of Cajun cuisine.”

Bayou Teche has its own crawfish pond, co-founder Karlos Knott said.

“For us, boiling crawfish is not only a meal, but an event,” he said in a news release. “With every batch boiled, Cajuns delight in the gathering of their family and friends. We can’t ever get enough boiled crawfish — we dread the arrival of June when crawfish season is nearing its end.”

The Saison has a “dry and peppery finish” supplied by rye malt and a Belgian yeast, finished with French Aramis hops. The new brew is available in 22-ounce Belgian-style bottles “so you won’t have to make as many trips to the ice chest,” Hatcher said. Saison d’√©crevisses is available in stores and on draft during the traditional Louisiana crawfish season, January to May.