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Thursday, September 8, 2016

Beers with Chuck: Tin Roof Bayou Bengal Lager

by Chuck P.

I remember looking on Facebook in 2011 and coming across an article about a newly opened local brewery here in Baton Rouge that was partnering with Louisiana State University to release an officially licensed LSU beer. That brewery was Tin Roof. Those initial plans got put on the shelf and now, five years later, the marriage of Baton Rouge beer and college sports fandom has finally come together. Behold the Bayou Bengal Lager, the first fully branded LSU beer!

Two great Tin Roof tailgating beers: The Bayou Bengal Lager and Gameday IPA
Two great Tin Roof tailgating beers: The Bayou Bengal Lager and Gameday IPA

Timed perfectly to be released the week of LSU’s first home game of the season, this crisp and refreshing lager is something I can see drinking at all of my tailgates this fall.

I picked up a light hint of lemon that faded quickly into a nice smooth finish. The first one I opened was very cold, went down quickly and had me reaching for another one.

The can design is absolutely perfect. Opposing fans wish their school had something this cool. The colors just pop and the tiger logo looks like it’s about to jump off of the can.

You can find six packs and, for Tin Roof’s first time ever, 12 packs at the usual supermarkets and bottle stores around town.

If you really want a fresh taste of the new brew, you can head over to their tap room this Friday to have a few pints at our “Hot Chicken On A Tin Roof” starting at 4pm. Grab a $10 plate of hot chicken and sides and a cold Bayou Bengal for a good cause. 20% of food and beer sales will go to the Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank. The Food Bank lost nearly everything in their inventory in the recent flood and we’d love your help in getting them back on their feet!

You can hear more about the Tin Roof beers that should be filling your tailgate ice chests this season (Bayou Bengal & Gameday IPA) on this Bite and Booze podcast: