Returning to America after a six year deployment in West Germany, our brewmaster dreamed of creating a beer that would pair with the Cajun cuisine he grew up eating. Â Living in Europe, he had learned to appreciate the regional foods and beers of many countries, and how they had evolved to complement each other. Â Taking up brewing beer at home, he taught himself to make several styles of these beers, fine-tuning recipes until he was satisfied that they complimented Cajun and Creole food. Â After returning to Arnaudville, he taught his brothers and collaborating they brewed commemorative batches of beer for their family's holiday meals.
Bayou Teche Brewing was founded on this simple dream - to craft beers that compliment the cuisine and lifestyle of Cajuns and Creoles. Â With that mission, the Knott brothers decided on St. Patrick's Day in 2009 to convert a discarded rail road car into a farmhouse brewery.
Years ago, when the French-speaking, agrarian residents of Acadiana needed to put up a barn or similar building they would throw a coup de main. Â Inviting friends and relatives over to help with the arduous task, everyone's shared labor would be repaid with a large communal meal. Â Thanks to well-fed (and sometimes inebriated) volunteers and as a nod to the Cajun aesthetic and heritage, the tiny hand built brewery now resembles a traditional Acadian style home - complete with a tasting porch. Today, in that converted old rail car near the banks of the Bayou Teche, innovative ales are being crafted true to the brewers' original intent - beers that compliment the unique foods and lifestyles of South Louisiana.
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