As microbrews continue to surge in popularity, 225 Dine recently asked a few local beer lovers and writers for their choices of the state’s best beers of the year. The panel included Brenton Day, who blogs as The Ale Runner; Eric Ducote, writer for The BR Beer Scene; Jay Ducote, local food personality and publisher of Bite and Booze; and Charles Pierce, Tin Roof tap room manager and musician.
On the panel’s top 10 list is Tin Roof’s Parade Ground Coffee Porter. Day calls the 2014 version “the best iteration yet with the coffee, vanilla and hazelnut flavors shining through in a very drinkable offering.”
While some of the individual panel member picks differed slightly, Parish Brewing out of Broussard had a strong showing, with two limited edition brews getting top recognition from all the judges. The brewery’s Ghost in the Machine is an American Double/Imperial IPA that Pierce calls Parish’s “best beer, hands down.” Parish’s Grand Reserve also knocked the panel’s socks off, with Eric Ducote calling this year’s batch his favorite Louisiana beer of the year. Read the full story. And be sure to get your fill of local culinary news each week by signing up for the free 225 Dine e-newsletter.