Welcome Bossier City’s Flying Heart

  • Monday, 22 February 2016 17:02

Firehouse Blonde will be initial rollout brand; consumers can find using LiquidFinder App on smartphones

LAFAYETTE, LA.; February 22, 2016 – Bossier City’s Flying Heart Brewing has agreed to join the Schilling Distributing family, with beer set to roll out in the Acadiana market on the week of February 22nd. The initial offering will be Firehouse Blonde, a blazing crisp brew is named for the brewery’s location in Bossier City, Historic Firehouse No. 6. This take on a Kolsch style ale has bright and clean flavor of pilsner grain that compliments its soft- hop aroma. This is a well-balanced beer for the novice tasters, as well as, experienced connoisseurs. It is currently only available in draught; other brands will follow in the coming months.

Consumers will be able to find what bars and restaurants are carrying Flying Heart by downloading Schilling’s LiquidFinder App, available for free on both Apple and Android smartphones (search “liquidfinder” or “schilling”). This information can also be found at www.liquidfinder.com. Firehouse Blonde is already available at Tigue “Moore” Field for Ragin’ Cajuns Baseball games.

Flying Heart Brewing is a labor of love, pure and simple. Each of the three couples involved in the venture have come together through a convergence of ideas and complementary goals. They all started as friends that shared a love of creative expression. Although the concept of craft brewing was introduced rather off-handedly, the art and science and fun appealed to each on many different levels. What started as an interesting weekend challenge rapidly escalated into an obsession that led to intense academic study and constant upgrading of equipment because the more they knew, the more they wanted to expand their creations. A pleasant result of that kind of passion was a substantial amount of free beer to go around and the overwhelmingly positive responses created a momentum that has taken on a life of its own.

The namesake of Flying Heart pays tribute to Ben Hart’s family brand from his home of Washington State. Ben grew up in one of our country’s premier craft brewing regions and came by his love of same very naturally. That being said, Flying Heart Brewing currently has six labels that cover the gambit from a smooth black ale that boasts a moderate hop content to a bourbon barrel variety of dark ale, to several crisp, lighter ales, each with their own distinct character.

Flying Heart is the seventh Louisiana brewery in the Schilling portfolio, joining Bayou Teche Brewing (Arnaudville), Parish Brewing (Broussard), Tin Roof (Baton Rouge), Chafunkta (Mandeville), Gnarly Barley (Hammond) and Covington Brewhouse (Covington).

Ragin' Cajuns Ale has Arrived!

  • Thursday, 10 September 2015 13:41

There will be something new on tap at Cajun Field on Saturday for UL Lafayette’s first home football game of the season: Ragin’ CajunsTM Genuine Louisiana Ale.

The University of Louisiana at Lafayette’s stadium is one of nine locations where the craft beer will initially be served. Ragin’ CajunsTM Genuine Louisiana Ale is the result of a partnership between Bayou Teche Brewing and the University.

UL Lafayette already has a successful beverage and food line that includes Ragin’ Red®, a custom blend of seasonings; Ragin’ Cajuns Strong Championship Blend coffee, produced by Mello Joy; and the Ragin’ Cajun Burger, which is sold exclusively by local Sonic Drive-Ins.

“We were looking for a product that would be suitable for tailgating before Louisiana Ragin’ Cajuns athletic events. A craft beer is the perfect fit,” said Aaron Martin, director of the University’s Office of Communications and Marketing. “The ale’s slogan is French, ‘ça va mieux avec des amis,’ which means ‘It goes better with friends.’ That’s so appropriate because it reflects the hospitality of the Cajun and Creole cultures in Acadiana.”

Ragin’ CajunsTM Genuine Louisiana Ale is only available on tap now; a bottled version will be introduced in time for the University’s 70th Homecoming celebration on Saturday, Oct. 31.

Karlos Knott, president of Bayou Teche Brewing, said it was inspired by a staple ingredient that’s grown in Louisiana: rice. Other ingredients are barley and multiple additions of German-grown, noble hops. The combination, he said, is “a magnificent balance of hop bitterness, taste and aroma.”

Bayou Teche Brewing’s flagship product is Bière Pâle, a pale ale. Its beers are distributed throughout Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, Florida, and in New York.

Martin said part of the proceeds of the new craft beer’s sales will be used to support the University’s academic, research and athletics programs. UL Lafayette has allowed beer to be sold during football games at Cajun Field since 2009. Today, more than 30 universities allow beer sales in their football stadiums. Beer had been sold for many years at UL Lafayette basketball and baseball games prior to 2009. Ragin’ CajunsTM Genuine Louisiana Ale will be sold by Schilling Distributing Company, the official beer distributor of Ragin’ Cajuns® Athletics.