1) What was your job before Mudbug? What inspired you to brew beer instead?
I was a Biology instructor at Nicholls State University. I was a home brewer for about 10 years, and the feedback I was getting from the beer I brewed was when a friend, now business partner, Brance Lloyd, and I decided to start getting serious about this. We searched for the right investor for almost 2 years before we found him, Peter Liechty. The last 2 years have been us hammering out the details to bring the best brewing facility we could to Thibodaux.
2) What do you want people to think of Mudbug Brewery as they taste your beer?
Our main goal has always been to bring as much of Cajun culture to the local beer scene as we can. Whether it's food, drink, local legend, or just a unique word to describe something, there's so much here, culturally, we want to bridge the gap. We joke about being the 'Coonass' brewery of Louisiana. Lafayette is Acadian, New Orleans is Creole, our area is a mix of everything in between, and we embrace it! THAT is what we want to convey in our beers.
3) What inspired King Cake Ale? Lot’s of haters out there for this beer. What do you say them?
King Cake Ale actually started as French Toast Ale. It's got cinnamon, vanilla, bread flavor from the grain, and lactose for some sweetness, everything you have in pain perdu (French toast). Once people started tasting it, more and more people started telling us it tasted like King Cake, so we ran with that. It's worked out pretty well. Much more identifiable.
As for haters, let them hate. For every hater, there's going to be 1000 people that love it. Is it for everybody, not at all, but is it one of the most unique beers you will ever taste, quite possibly!
4) Brewing and music go hand in hand. What music are you listening to while brewing?
Other than some Nonc Nu and Da Wild Matous
(shameless self promotion) I mostly listen to metal, but I do have a wide array of musical taste. One band I found to very brewing friendly...They Might Be Giants!
5) Where do you see the Louisiana craft beer scene in 5 years?
At least doubled in size and thriving! The craft beer culture down here is finally picking up. We are getting into it at a very exciting time, and hope to have a major impact on opening people's eyes to the wonder that is craft beer!
6) What are your favorite Louisiana brewed beers right now?
The thing that sucks about being in Thibodaux is it's not a target for much of the specialty beers from local breweries. We still don't have Parish
out here (although I've heard that should be changing soon)! Chafunkta
Kingfish is my new go to! 40 Arpent
Milk Stout, when I can find it locally at places like Which Craft?
in Houma. Two of the latest local beers I was impressed with were Rebirth Pale Ale and Lowerline from NOLA
! Rebirth has a great hop profile, and I like Lowerline because I have been recently delving into the complexity of sours because I plan on bringing some funk to the Louisiana beer scene, when I finally get the chance!
The Beer Buddha
Nonc Nu & da Wild Matous
from Art of the Bayou