July 29, 2010 04:55 PM
The Times Picayune has been traveling Cajun country's "smoked meat highway," through its contributing writer, also Independent Weekly staffer, Mary Tutwiler. An article published today asks readers: "Confused by chaudin vs. chaurice? Read on." The ...
July 28, 2010 06:00 AM
Wednesday, July 28, 2010Written by Nathan StubbsA pending disciplinary case against Lafayette attorneys Kevin Stockstill and Daniel J. Stanford could have serious implications for their practices and send a strong message to criminal defense attorneys ...
July 27, 2010 08:51 PM
Earl "Boogi" Hebert finds inspiration, and the spirit of his late father, painting through the night on his back porch. Wednesday, July 28, 2010Written by Nathan Stubbs Earl "Boogi" Hebert remembers the day he started painting: March 14, 2006, the day ...
July 27, 2010 04:41 PM
BP reported a record quarterly net loss of $17 billion today. It was the company's first quarterly loss in 18 years and came despite a 34 percent rise in revenue, up to $75.8 billion. BP reported a record quarterly net loss of $17 billion today. It ...
July 26, 2010 05:02 PM
It appears BP CEO Tony Hayward will get his wish, and should have more free time in the coming months. It appears BP CEO Tony Hayward will get his wish, and should have more free time in the coming months. News leaked over the weekend that the British ...
July 26, 2010 04:04 PM
Drum Corps International returns to Lafayette Monday for the fourth annual "Drums Across Cajun Field." Drum Corps International returns to Lafayette Monday for the fourth annual "Drums Across Cajun Field. "DCI is a nonprofit professional marching ...
July 23, 2010 04:48 PM
Parish Brewing Co makes its first foray into the local beer market this weekend. Parish Brewing Co makes its first foray into the local beer market this weekend. The local brewery, which has been in the works for over a year, is releasing two beers ...
July 22, 2010 04:58 PM
State Superintendent of Education Paul Pastorek says Lafayette is probably in a better position than any other city in the state to achieve world class education in its public schools, if school leaders can create the right environment for progress. State ...
July 20, 2010 08:07 PM
Craft beer is making inroads in south Louisiana, and industry players are taking note. July 21, 2010Written by Nathan Stubbs Andrew Godley had spent over a year building toward the anticipated May launch of his business, Parish Brewing Co., when he did what many beer lovers would consider a heinous crime: dump his supply. Craft beer is making inroads in south Louisiana, and industry players are taking note. July 21, 2010 Written by Nathan Stubbs Andrew Godley had spent over a year building toward the anticipated May launch of his business, Parish Brewing Co., when he did what many beer lovers would consider a heinous crime: dump his supply. "I dumped the first couple of batches because I was not happy with it," he says. "But it fortunately wasn't too much." The issue was the water. The tap water in downtown Broussard, where Godley recently converted 1,300 square feet of rented warehouse space into a small-batch commercial brewery, differed slightly from the water he used at his home, less than five miles away, where he had developed his beer recipes. "I didn't realize it until I had produced a few batches," says Godley. "And they were good, they were fine, they just weren't what I wanted them to be. So, I figured there was no rush, and I would have time to tweak the recipes a little bit, adjust the water chemistry a little bit and get it back to where I like it." Tweaking the recipes involved ordering and installing a reverse osmosis system to strip the water of all its salts and other additives, then mixing them back in at corrected levels. A chemical engineer, Godley knows how much slight variations in the water can influence his finished product. "Throughout the entire [brewing] process," he says, "different reactions happen depending on pH levels or certain elements in the water. So it really gives very subtle differences in all facets of the beer, everything from mouth feel to perceived bite to the utilization of hops and how bitter it tastes. The entire finished product can be tweaked with the water chemistry." This scrupulous, obsessive attention to detail and nuance is a calling card of Godley's, as well as many of the compulsive craftsmen who populate the world of artisanal brewing, and is evident in the complex, intricate beers they produce. Craft beer, as it's commonly known, has been enjoying something of a renaissance in the U.S., one that is now fermenting across south Louisiana and the Gulf Coast. In Louisiana, five parochial craft breweries have cropped up over the past five years, beginning with Heiner Brau Microbrewery in Covington and followed shortly by NOLA Brewing Co. in New Orleans' lower garden district. This year, Acadiana has given rise to two new breweries, Bayou Teche Brewery in Arnaudville and Parish Brewing in Broussard. Baton Rouge is also getting in the mix. Partners William McGehee and Charles Caldwell plan to begin operations for Tin Roof Brewing in an old Sears warehouse off Nicholson Drive near the LSU campus in August. In deciding to pursue the business, McGehee and his partner observed what many aspiring brewers have been pondering. "For a city this size and a college as big as LSU and as many people as it has," says McGehee, "we were just amazed that Baton Rouge didn't already have something like that." "The Gulf South is basically catching up with the rest of the nation as far as craft brews," says Karlos Knott, who founded Bayou Teche Brewing                                                       Photo by Robin May In between brewing sessions, Karlos Knott often relaxes on the "tasting porch" of the Bayou Teche Brewery. along with his two brothers, Byron and Dorsey. Why the South has lagged behind the East Coast and Pacific Northwest, where craft breweries have long flourished, is a point of much debate. "No one's ever asked anyone down here to drink craft beer," Knott says. "We've had Abita, but that's it. We're just starting to offer that choice in the state really, and people are taking notice." Knott says Bayou Teche is already five years ahead of its original business schedule. Earlier this year, Bayou Teche contracted with Lazy Magnolia microbrewery in Kiln, Miss., to brew and bottle its beer on a larger scale. Bayou Teche's flagship La. 31 Bière Pâle is now distributed in every major city in central and south Louisiana, as well as several small towns, and is on the brink of expanding out-of-state. Plans this month to roll out two new Bayou Teche beers, Boucanèe, made with cherry wood-smoked barley, and Grenade, a passion fruit wheat beer, got pushed back to August in order to keep up with current orders for Bière Pâle. "We have trouble making our orders every month," Knott says. "The demand has really accelerated our plans." Meanwhile, Parish Brewing's beer will make its commercial debut this week in approximately five bars in Lafayette Parish, including The Green Room downtown; The Tap Room and Burgersmith, both in River Ranch; and Young's Sports Grill in Broussard. Initially, Parish beer will only be available in Lafayette Parish and only on tap at select bars and restaurants. As the brand becomes more established, Godley plans to expand outside of Lafayette and bottle his beer for sale in stores. "I just want to satisfy a few local accounts that are important," he says, "and cater to people who just want a good quality local beer. It's not really about making money at this point." Following his company motto - "Brewing uncompromised, independent craft bière" - Godley aims to maintain a high level of quality control with every keg he sends out the door. "We're not trying to get lots of beer out there," he says. "We're trying to get the best beer out there." ...
July 20, 2010 04:27 PM
Organizers of tomorrow's Rally for Economic Survival at the Cajundome are planning for the possibility of an overflow crowd of more than 12,000. Organizers of Wednesday's Rally ...

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