Warm summer nights, salt in the air, the gulf on the horizon
Living on the gulf coast is truly a gift. Sure it gets hot, and we all know that is an understatement, but having nature in your backyard is inspiring. Sitting on a porch eating fresh seafood, drinking good beer is something we at B&J's are all about.
This past weekend I was sitting on a dilapidated couch in a friend’s back yard (par usual around these parts) shucking gulf coast oysters enjoying a well-balanced American Pale Ale. This felt right. Head Brewer Kyle was trying to get them all on the BBQ pit before I could eat them all. I think he won the race, but I got my fill. There is something special about all things local such as Gulf Coast oysters, growing a garden, shopping local, eating local and of course drinking local. This is what we are meant to do. Don’t rush, relax, have a conversation, enjoy a nice meal, and maybe a beer or two. It’s time to get back to the basics. Hmmm, where was I? All dem’ oysters must really make a man ramble....
With all that being said those Oysters on the pit must have inspired a brewer to make beer with oysters. Now, before you cast yer' judgment, let’s take some time and go back in brewistory:
Historically oysters were an abundant source of food. So abundant that many pubs gave them away for free, kind of like peanuts these days. Did I mention oysters are an aphrodisiac? Now during this time period the most popular beer was the Stout, later replaced by the pale ale, but that is a different story. Now all these stouts and oysters got some brewers thinkin', and typically once ideas are mentioned in a brewery they become reality, and in this case beer with oysters.
A beer brewed on the Gulf Coast with Gulf Coast oysters, come on Get Crafty Drink Local! Stay tuned for this local treat in the coming weeks.