Brewmaster says new beer  complements  Cajun foods

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

Saison d’écrevisses, 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’écrevisses is available in stores and on draft during the traditional Louisiana crawfish season, January to May.