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Review: Two beers to get you through fall

October in Baton Rouge means football is in full swing, and festivals are starting to take over weekends LSU doesn’t play in Tiger Stadium. This month, we’re bringing you a local beer pick for each occasion. Just make sure you serve them cold so you beat the still sweltering Louisiana heat.

For the Tailgate

Bayou Bengal
Tin Roof Brewing Company

When Bayou Bengal, the first officially licensed LSU beer, was announced in May, we at DIG wondered what the brew would taste like. Would it really be perfect for tailgates on the Parade Ground?

“We’re really excited about this beer,” William McGehee, co-founder of Tin Roof Brewing Company said in a news release earlier this year. “We want to make a beer that the LSU community can not only be proud of but also be a part of.”

The final style of beer was determined by a test group of LSU fans who tasted different formulations of the eventual Bayou Bengal. What the group came up with was an American Pale Lager-style drink. Incorporating a crisp sip with a strong sweetness, Tin Roof created something smooth that would pair well with the spicy foods commonplace at Tiger tailgates.

I couldn’t talk about either of these beers without mentioning the design. A bright purple and gold color scheme with a vintage-style tiger make this beer so LSU-themed you’d lose it in a crowd at football games.

For the Festival

Abita Brewing Company

If there’s a festival near you in honor of the original Oktoberfest, this local take is an obvious choice. A “hearty and smooth German-style lager brewed with pale, Munich and caramel malts,” this one is definitely a departure from the sweet simplicity of the Bayou Bengal.

Slightly bitter with a touch of spice, there’s a reason this brew is only available during the fall season. The strong carbonation of this beer makes the flavor seem even more crisp, and it definitely goes down easy. Anyone have some Weinerschnitzel?

The design of this bottle wasn’t as straight-up autumn as I expected it to be, but that’s definitely a good thing. There are too many bottles adorned in pumpkins, so this is a nice departure. With a nice illustration of the German Oktoberfest (but with a fleur de lis) and some bright blue to contrast, this bottle sets itself apart from the other beers on the shelf.


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