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Beer on the Bayou – in Florida!

Submitted by on November 11, 2010 – 10:35 am2 Comments

Beer on the Bayou in Florida

If you’re planning a Road Trip for Beer to West Central Florida this weekend, make sure to find time for the Cajun Café on the Bayou’s Fall Craft Beer Fest from 2 to 6 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 13, 2010.

Road Trips for Beer attended the last one in early May, and can attest to that this is arguably the finest beer festival held in the Sunshine State. In fact, it was named one of our Top 10 fall beer festivals for 2010.

Here are some pictures from the spring festival.

Cajun Café owner Paul Unwin pulls out all stops in bringing the finest ales and lagers produced in Florida, as well as some rare brews from across the country.

Here’s a partial list of what to expect:

  • Oskar Blues Ten Fidy on draught, infused with a vanilla bean extract and wood chips.
  • Cigar City Beer Marshal Zhukov and Good Gourd on draught.
  • Ommegang Zuur, Triple Perfection, Witte, Rare Vos.
  • La Chouffe beers
  • Hopping Frog Oatmeal Imperial Stout, Silk Porter, Mean Manaleashi.
  • Cascade Kriek Ale.
  • Rogue XS series Old Crustacean Barley Wine 2008
  • Rogue XS series Imperial Red Ale 2008
  • Rogue Oregasmic Ale
  • Rogue John John Ale.
  • Weyerbacher Fourteen Ale
  • Golden Carolus 2009
  • Fritz Briem 1809 Berliner Weisse.
  • Thornbridge Halcyon Jaipur IPA
  • Hitachino Ancient Nipponia
  • Verdi Imperial Stout with hot chilies
  • Abbaye de Saint Bon Chien

Remember, those are just some of the beers being served.

There isn’t a better place to enjoy some fine craft beers than this authentic Cajun restaurant in the Louisiana bayous. OK, it’s really in Pinellas Park, Florida, but you may forget that when you’re sitting on the wooden deck nestled amongst the mangrove wetlands.

And if you can’t make the festival, Unwin always has some great beer on tap and in bottles to enjoy with your meal.

Admission is $35 at the door and includes a souvenir tasting glass with unlimited samples, a Cajun cuisine meal, cheese, fruit and nuts, and an awesome jazz band in the outdoor arena. Designated drivers can get in for $15.

And if you see Road Trips for Beer editor Gerard Walen hanging around, be sure to say hi.


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