By Catie Santos
Tin Roof Brewing Company, located off Nicholson near downtown, has provided beer to the Baton Rouge community since it began selling commercially in 2010. Now, residents are able to experience Tin Roof beer in a whole new way – straight from the source. In early October, the company opened the doors to its Tap Room, a draft beer bar, inside of the brewery itself.
The Tap Room is open Wednesday through Saturday from 3-10 p.m., and plans on increasing hours as it continues to expand. The menu is straightforward and offers pints and half-pints of Tin Roof beer. There are three flagship beers: the Perfect Tin amber lager, the slightly hoppy Voodoo Bengal pale ale, and the Blonde ale, which are always on top. Seasonal beers rotate in and out, and the current featured beer is the Rougarou, a black double IPA with a whopping 9.5% alcohol by volume.
The Tap Room’s location is the defining feature of the bar. Housed in a green warehouse hidden out of sight just off Nicholson, Tin Roof is just a quick drive from LSU’s campus. The Tap Room is spacious and industrial in design, with a very welcoming atmosphere. Giant glass windows between the bar and the warehouse give glimpses into the inner-workings of the brewery. Employees can frequently be seen as they fiddle with equipment while running to and from the bar.
Friday nights at 6, Tin Roof offers free brewery tours led by Tin Roof’s brewmaster, Tom Daigrepont. Greg Ostrom, 23, works in the Tap Room and hopes to become a brewmaster himself one day.
“Getting to work at a brewery, I learn about the beers and the whole brewing process,” said Ostrom, “I’m treating this almost like an internship and getting to know other people with similar interests at the same time.”
The Tap Room has a wrap-around bar as well as plenty of tables, allowing plenty of space for its customers. The laidback, upbeat atmosphere of the bar is what bartender Rebecca Chalin, 21, enjoys most about her job. The Tap Room is a refreshing change of pace from the rest of Baton Rouge’s bar scene. During its daylight hours, Tin Roof feels more like a coffee shop than a bar at times.
Sam Bopp, a political science and international studies major, enjoys working on homework while sitting at the bar. Bopp, 21, thinks that Tin Roof is “great place to study with the right amount of background noise, positive energy, and a cold delicious beer to help ease the stress.”
Tin Roof’s happy hour specials also appeal to any beer drinker. Wednesday,
Thursday’s happy hour, from 5-7 pm, offers $2 off pints and $1 low-fill cans. During the beer canning process, the machine filler can go out of sync and fill a can with the incorrect amount of beer, creating a low-fill can. Thursdays you are welcome to make your own six-pack from whatever varieties of low-fill can Tin Roof has that week.
The Tap Room will have its first Let’s Get Quizzical Trivia Night on Thursday, November 6 from 7-9. Prizes include t-shirts, pint glasses, hats, specialty Growler fills, and a $50 bar tab for the 1st place team.
The Tap Room is the place to go for a local beer and an awesome atmosphere. The next time you’re in the mood for a beer, take Tin Roof’s motto to heart and “geaux local.”