Few sounds resonate with the soul of the South like rain on a tin roof.
In Baton Rouge, Louisiana’s capital city, Tin Roof Brewing Company is producing beverages out of malts and hops that make people smile. Only a block away from the Mighty Mississippi, Tin Roof crafts beers worthy of the name.
An old warehouse near downtown now emits smells of fermentation. Stainless steel cylinders climb to the ceiling amid towers of 12-ounce aluminum vessels meant to supply sustenance to Louisiana’s craft brew fans when full. It is a place of happiness, of hoppiness and of a new era of Louisiana culture.
The dream was born when Charles Caldwell ventured out West in the early 2000s to work on a ranch in Colorado. During his stint as a ranchhand, Caldwell experienced an abundance of microbrewed beer and immediately fell in love.
Upon returning, he was disappointed to find the Deep South lagging behind in the craft beer world. He immediately contemplated opening his own brewery, but the process proved to be a slow one.
Caldwell ended up in banking in his hometown of Natchez, Mississippi. He began making trips down to Baton Rouge to visit William McGehee, who was finishing up his law degree from LSU. McGehee had also developed a palate for the finer beers during a law school summer abroad program in Europe.
One weekend trip, after indulging in a few beers, the topic of the brewery came up. The two decided that it was now or never, and what better career path change for a banker and lawyer to take, than to start brewing beer.
Hard work ensued, and several years later, in November 2010, the dream of opening a brewery in the Red Stick became a reality.
There are three beers available year-round: Tin Roof Blonde Ale, Perfect Tin Amber Ale, and Voodoo Bengal Pale Ale.
Tin Roof Blonde Ale is a light-bodied, crisp American Blonde Ale with a wonderfully refreshing finish.
An American-style amber ale, Perfect Tin Amber Ale is brewed with a variety of the finest specialty malts available. These malts combine to form a distinct flavor profile with hints of toffee and chocolate. Its mild bitterness never lingers longer than you ask it to.
The final product is a malty, medium-bodied, and easy drinking session beer. You’ll love this malt masterpiece! Pairs well with most grilled or roasted meats. Also great for chilis, stews, and brining
Voodoo Bengal Pale Ale is an American-style pale ale with layers of intense flavors. Generously hopped, this brew draws on pale, honey, and caramel malts to provide the perfect balance between bitterness, aroma, and malt character. Pairs well with anything spicy…especially crawfish, gumbo, and jambalaya.
Tin Roof, however, did not stop there. Staying true to Louisiana, Tin Roof’s first seasonal beer refreshes summertime palates and is ideal for outdoor activities. Brewed from June to August, Watermelon Wheat uses Louisiana watermelons to create a refreshingly light and well-balanced brew.
Additional seasonal beers come in the fall with the Parade Ground Coffee Porter and in the spring with the Juke Joint IPA.
A robust Porter, Parade Ground Coffee Porter is brewed with a special blend of New Orleans Coffee Company mocha and French roast coffee. This smooth brew is full of coffee and chocolate flavor.
Jute Point is an India Pale Ale with a solid malt backbone, huge floral, and citrus aroma, and a nice strong bitterness up front that fades and does not leave you puckered. Juke Joint is the aroma hop lovers’ dream.
Brewery tours are available for $5 on Friday evenings at 6:00 p.m. after doors open at 5:00 p.m. The taps close at 7:00 p.m. on the dot. For the charge, you will receive a tour of the brewery, a special-edition souvenir glass and three samples of Tin Roof beer.
Also be on the lookout for special events at the brewery. Once a month, food trucks gather on a grass field next to the brewery, and many times they are accompanied by live music as well.
Tin Roof beers can be found on tap and in cans throughout Louisiana and Mississippi.
Please Note: This is Part 18 of an on-going series on Louisiana Cuisine/Travel Ideas
Tin Roof Brewing Company
Address: 1624 Wyoming Street, Baton Rouge, LA 70802
Phone: (225) 377-7022
There is more to life than beer alone, but beer makes those other things even better.
—Stephen Morris, The Great Beer Trek