Monday, August 15, 2011
Louisiana Beer Road Trip: Tin Roof Brewing
Recently my wife wanted to take a nice little day trip to visit Louisiana's state capital in Baton Rouge. I could honestly give two craps about Baton Rouge due to it's association with that other school up there but the wife wanted to go so of course I went. The up side of visiting BR was I got to work in a visit to Tin Roof Brewing Company.
I've had their beers before but it had only been at beer festivals and well, I don't review beers from beer festivals. It's just a personal thing I believe in. In my opinion the beer isn't being served in its optimal environment so who am I to "judge" that beer properly. But what better way to judge a beer than straight from the brewery itself? There really isn't one.
The brewery is located close to the river and about a mile from that other schools campus. Apparently it used to be a Sears distribution center and is a decent size. As we walked in we noticed the tanks but our eyes were immediately drawn to the tower of empty cans sitting in the middle of the brewery. It was so cool to see and know that these guys were so close to getting their product out there in something other than draft.
We met with co-owner Charles Caldwell and a little bit later with other co-owner William McGehee. They showed us around and explained their process and expressed their excitement over getting the cans and also the canning line. Charles said that he was a bit overwhelmed by the amount of cans(90,000+) he had to order due to the minimum order. The canning line pumps out 35 cans in one minute. If my math is correct I think that 90,000 cans translates to roughly 42 hours worth of canning beer and I believe roughly 234 barrels of beer. That's 36 gallons in a barrel and me translating ounces into gallons and then into barrels. Yeah I could be wrong. Overall translation: That's a shit ton of beer.
The place was a decent size but the ceiling wasn't very high which can be a bad thing since it can and does affect the size of their tanks. In the picture below you'll see that they are short and squat. I believe Charles said they were 30 barrel tanks. In the end they'll have to work some long hours or change facilities because just like in Jaws, They're gonna need a bigger tank. Or was the boat? Whatever.
Despite the size of the brewery they made damn sure to ensure they have a beautiful kick ass bar complete with muther fucking Kenny Powers. I really liked the bar and think something like that should be built in my back yard. I may need to recruit my buddy Riki Fink because I'm sure he has mad bar building skills. You hear me Riki?
Overall these guys are cool as shit and the beer is damn good. I love that Louisiana is slowly but surely building an amazing local brewery scene and I feel so privileged to be a part of it! Thanks Charles and William for the awesome visit!!
Oh and here is my review of Perfect Tin Amber!
Brewery: Tin Roof Brewery
Beer: Perfect Tin Amber
Style: Amber Ale
ABV: I have no clue
Louisiana Availability: Yes, of course.
Price Range: Around $5.
Appearance: Nice copper, golden color with a beautiful, frothy off-white head.
Smell: Wonderful aroma of caramel, sweet toffee and nuts with a slight hoppy aroma.
Taste: Nice aggressive maltiness balanced well with a hint of hops. Toasted bread, caramel and honestly a slight tobacco(Red Man)flavor.
Mouthfeel: Nice medium body with medium carbonation.
Overall: A fantastic brew that will capture a wide drinking audience. Inoffensive yet still flavorful. It's important to do this in Louisiana especially in a college town and Tin Roof has managed to do this well. Oh and GO GREENWAVE!!!!!
Score: 4 out of 5 Buddha's
The Beer Buddha