Sunset at Prien Lake Park

Sunset at Prien Lake Park

Saturday, January 16, 2016

Bayou Teche Brewing, Arnaudville, La.

Funny thing, here in Louisiana. Folks can take a simple ordinary event and turn it into a party. For example, say, a brewery tour. Of course, there is beer. But add barbecue and a zydeco band, and you have a full blown celebration of Louisiana culture. Such is the case at Bayou Teche Brewing in Arnaudville, deep in the heart of Cajun country. Every Saturday, the brewery hosts live music, a trailer with a meat smoker, and tours of their growing facility.



Like so many destinations in Louisiana, Arnaudville is smack dab in the middle of nowhere. But it's an easy drive, just a bit north of I-10 at the Breaux Bridge exit.




On this particular Saturday, Nathan Plumbar and Steady Steppin provided entertainment.


The brewery is owned by a trio of brothers. Their father, Mr. Knott, serves as tour guide. He's a hoot. Sorry I didn't get a photo of him. The brewery is only around seven years old. You can read their history and beer bios on their website.


Bob and I first learned about Bayou Teche Brewing about a year ago when we volunteered at the Louisiana Winter Beer Fest in Lake Charles. (Read my post on that event here.) We were pourers for Karlos Knott, the oldest brother, brewmaster, and president of Bayou Teche Brewing. This year's Beer Fest is March 5. Mark your calendars.

Cheers!



Tuesday, January 5, 2016

My Top Five Most Popular Posts of 2015

This time of year we are inundated with lists: the top this, the best that, the most of one thing, the least of another. I was curious about which posts on my blog were the most popular in 2015. It's an interesting mix. Restaurants seem to do well. Local enthusiast clubs for various hobbies are high on the list, as well as organizations that serve the community. Basically, I think the most popular posts are those that hold a human interest. Or subjects that people are likely to search online for.

So without further ado, here are my Top Five Most Popular Posts of 2015.

5. The Green House Salad Company. It seems if I blog about a new restaurant in town, the post gets quite a few hits. Everyone wants to know about the new place. Fortunately, this place is still going strong.



4. The Lake Charles Beekeepers Club. Lots of buzz about this busy group. (haha). You can read that post here.



3. Heckhaven Wildlife Rehabilitation Center. Director and sole animal tender Suzy Heck is one amazing woman!Read more about her efforts to help wild animals on my blog post or her website.


2. Mustangs in Southwest Louisiana. Car clubs are quite popular in the Lake area. I've written a couple different car club stories for various local magazines. People love their vehicles! And who doesn't love mustangs! My very first car was a red 1976 Mustang Coupe. My post here and the Mustangs of Lake Charles Facebook page here.



1. And here it is; my number one most popular post of 2015. Prime Cuttery! More than cars, more than animals, people love hamburgers! You can read this restaurant review here or visit their website here.



I look forward to many more adventures to share with you in 2016! Happy New Year!