In Arnuadville drinking on the job is not frowned upon, in fact, it's encouraged. Meet the brothers of Bayou Teche Brewery. There's Darcy, the problem solve, Bryon the ideas man and Carlos the decision maker. In fact it was Carlos who spent years brewing beer in Germany, Belgium and France and came back to Louisiana with the idea of pairing local cuisine with a fine brewsky
One beer a Belgium style pale ale that was brewed to compliment crawfish and fried foods started it all. Four years later, over twelve beers are produced on a regular basis and distributed throughout seven states.Production takes place on an impressive property. Forty acres with an impressive man made wetland, designed by the LSU Agcenter, UL Lafayette and Bayou Vermilion District. Complete with crawfish ponds.
Carlos Knott: "Three separate marshes that filter the waste out of the waste water."
Inside the warehouse, is a little scientific brew house experimentation.
Carlos Knott: "And most of those experiments are available here at the brew house, so people can come and taste it, we get an immediate response."
Daily brewhouse tours, complete with beer, cheese and boudin.
Byron Knott: "I really couldn't see myself doing anything else because it’s so much fun, experimenting with new beers and making the old ones and working with family."
There are two things that keep this business running. Family
Carlos Knott: "No one can call in sick, we are all watching each other. We are a traditional family, most of the business meetings happen on Sunday.""
And a sense of deep cultural pride.
Carlos Knott: "It’s the most important part from the very beginning. We consider ourselves a culture brewery, all of the beers are named in Cajun French. All the six packs are given to local non-profits that preserve or protect both the language or the music or the environment of this area. Very passionate about it."
1808 Eraste Landry Rd, PO Box 90665,
Lafayette LA 70509