Bayou Teche Barrel Aged LA 31 Biere Joi
Yesterday was my birthday, so over the weekend we took a trip to New Orleans to visit family, friends, and of course go to The Avenue Pub. The Avenue is without a doubt the best beer bar in NOLA and possibly all of Louisiana.
The Avenue was just chosen to be one of the host bars for Cantillon’s Zwanze Day 2013. Only 40+ locations worldwide will get a keg of Zwanze for tapping on September 14. For more on Zwanze itself, here’s a good summary.
The Avenue’s pretty good about letting people know what’s available. Their entire selection is online and they frequently update social media with what new beers they have. One of the interesting choices that was brand new on Friday night was Barrel Aged LA 31 Biere Joi from Bayou Teche Brewing.
On the Bayou Teche in Arnaudville, LA in the heart of Acadiana, Bayou Teche is a farmhouse brewery that is run out of a converted railroad car. The brewmaster, Karlos Knott, wanted to brew beers that complement Cajun foods after returning from an Army deployment in Germany in the 1990s. He and his two brothers run Bayou Teche Brewing.
As for the beer itself, it is a Belgian dubbel style beer with Mello Joy coffee added. Bayou Teche took this beer and aged it in Jack Daniels barrels originally for American Craft Beer Week in May. The Avenue was able to get their hands on a few extra kegs and tapped one on Friday, where I met a few friends and tried it and some other beers (which you may have seen on Instagram if you’re following us there).
As for the beer itself, you can really taste the coffee and the wood of the barrel. It’s also rather boozy because of the bourbon and even burns the throat a little bit. It’s not my favorite barrel aged beer, but if you’re a fan of coffee and Jack Daniels it’s worth a try if you can get ahold of it. According to The Avenue’s beer menu, the beer is 8% ABV or higher, so it packs a bit of a punch.
More from this weekend as well as more Disney stuff later!