|Turk File 06.29.2011|
Even as it expands its operation and reach, Bayou Teche Brewing remains true to its roots.
The Knott brothers — Karlos, Byron and Dorsey — are stirring up more refreshing flavors for Acadiana and the surrounding areas to sip on by expanding their family-run Bayou Teche Brewing while retaining their local charm.
The current brew house cannot accommodate its demand, Karlos says, as a supply meant for three months sells out in three days. The new Bayou Teche Brewery, next-door to the old one, will be 100 times larger at approximately 10,000 square feet, costing nearly half a million dollars. Despite new walls and equipment, Bayou Teche Brewing will remain a farmhouse brewery that accentuates the Cajun lifestyle and “vision of the beer,” Karlos says.
While the new brew house is finished structurally, the Knott brothers are still at work devising a waste water plan. The new brewing equipment is set to arrive in late fall or early winter, making an opening date possible in mid-winter next year.
Along with plans to employ more people from Acadiana and St. Martin Parish and increase beer production, Karlos hopes to make the brewery a place to welcome locals and visitors alike into the “Bayou Teche process.” That includes serving food that complements each beer, as the brewery has its own smokehouse and it frequently serves Cajun favorites like boudin. Blue Cheese, Karlos says, is the perfect complement for one of its most popular and renowned beers, smoked wheat with native cherry wood.
While Bayou Teche Brewery is growing around the country and now available in Mississippi and Alabama, Karlos emphasizes its local roots and devotion to South Louisiana, saying he’s not sure if he’s comfortable having his beer sold in a “place where you can’t get grits and sweet tea.” He says they do not make English beers because his Cajun grandfather only spoke French, leading them to brew French and Belgian beers in his honor.
“We want to be a beer that promotes and protects the heritage of our culture,” Karlos says.
The current brewery is located at 1106 Bushville Highway in Arnaudville. Visit its website at www.bayoutechebrewing.com.
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