Louisiana Brewery Trail: Parish Brewing Company

Andrew Godley is not just a man who wants to make beer; he wants to make great beer.

Parish Canebrake

Parish Canebrake

He started the Parish Brewing Company out of his garage and now cannot keep up with demand.

Godley jokes when he talks about the opening of his own brewery. He never fails to mention the fact that the conversation sparking the idea for Parish Brewing Company took place because of a limited beer menu at a not-to-be-named national Italian eatery.

With a background in chemical engineering, Godley also had an interest in entrepreneurship. He needed to be passionate about something first, however, and that something was beer.

During the past few years, the Broussard-based facilities have grown for Parish, and new markets have been tapped due to the increase in equipment and hands.

The brewery now has multiple employees, making Godley glad he is not back in the early days when he was alone with empty kegs and some sanitizer. Each employee is dedicated to the preservation of Parish’s quality and reputation.

Their beers are brewed using old-school techniques with German, Belgian, and North American malted barley and other grains and the finest hops from the Pacific Northwest and Europe.

The company’s flagship brew is Canebrake, a crisp and smooth wheat ale with a beautiful golden honey color. This refreshing American wheat style brew highlights sweet remnants of sugarcane with notes of honey, spice, and citrus on the finish. A new Louisiana tradition, Canebrake was the first commercial beer in the world brewed with Steen’s Cane Syrup from nearby Abbeville.

ParishWhile Canebrake takes up more than 90 percent of the brewing capacity at Parish, Godley has made sure to work in some more beers that really get him and his fan base excited.

Parish Envie is on the market as Parish’s second full-time brew. Parish Envie is brewed with loads of citrusy American hops to create an assertive, yet balanced American Pale Ale. They’ve used sweet caramel malts to mesh harmoniously with a dominant hop taste and aroma. Take a sip, embrace the hops, and repeat. Envie is a Cajun word for “craving.”

In 2012 Parish released the first version of their Grand Reserve, an annually released bottle-conditioned barley wine. On the day it was released in south Louisiana, a frenzy of craft beer enthusiasts flocked to stores to try to get their hands on a 750-milliliter bottle as soon as delivery trucks arrived.

This Barleywine Ale is characterized by an intensely complex malt, hop and fermentation proflile. Grand Reserve should be saved and shared. Naturally carbonated, it will age gracefully when cellared.

Godley has also released his Farmhouse IPA in large bottles, attracting more buzz and supplying the public with yet another sensational brew.

Parish Farmhouse IPA is a unique beer inspired by the traditional farmhouse brewers in the countryside of Europe and re-imagined by the brewers in the countryside of Broussard.  Be ready for a boisterous bottle of bubbly that brims-over with the aromatics of brash American hops, rustic heirloom grains, and a spicy kick courtesy of a French ale yeast. This hazy, straw-colored beer’s tart and dry flavor profile makes it the perfect partner for soft tangy cheeses, or ceviche.  While their bottle-conditioning process ensures this new Louisiana tradition will continue to evolve in the bottle, it’s great best fresh. Santé!

parish-brewing-07Farmhouse IPA was initially released May 1, 2013 and is available exclusively in 750ml bottles.

Brewery tours are available on site in Broussard Fridays from 4:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m. and include a complimentary tasting. Merchandise is available during the tours.

Parish also has a tasting room where visitors can stop by anytime for a pint, a six pack, or a growler fill.

Please Note: This is Part 17 of an on-going series on Louisiana Cuisine/Travel Ideas

Details

Parish Brewing Company

Address: 229 Jared Drive, Broussard, LA 70518

Phone: (337) 330-8601

Website: parishbeer.com

Worth Pondering…

For a quart of ale is a dish for a King.

—William Shakespeare, Winter’s Tale

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