Cajun culture is served by the pint at Mudbug Brewery, a new Thibodaux-based operation that has been years in the making. This is one of the select few breweries you’ll find in the heart of Cajun Country, and that commitment to staying local is a point of pride for brewmaster Leith Adams.
“We want to show people what we are about,” he says. “We want to take that culture and put it in a different form. There's music and food that does that, but not enough when it comes to beer.”
Case in point: Mudbug Brewery’s flagship beer, the King Cake Ale. Its flavor hints at cinnamon and vanilla, with a mild sweetness reminiscent of the traditional Mardi Gras cake you’ll see served throughout Carnival season. Even the most seasoned beer aficionados have likely never tasted a brew like this.
“I’m not squeamish about styles. The sky’s the limit for what I’ll make,” Adams says. "Our first year-around beers are Cafe Au Lait coffee milk stout and White Boot Blonde, a Louisiana Blonde ale. Our next canned release, also our first canned seasonal, is a revamped version of our Intracoastal IPA. That will be followed by Pelican Pilsner."
The response to Mudbug’s opening in December 2014 has been overwhelmingly positive—and just plain overwhelming. “We did a few test batches when we opened, and within a week we were pretty much out. We had to pull the doors closed,” Adams says. Thankfully, he and his team have since upped their output, and now regularly hosts musical acts in their tasting room and food trucks in the parking lot.
The next time you’re in the Houma-Thibodaux area for the weekend, stop by Mudbug Brewery for a pint and to see brewing in action (“I do impromptu tours any time,” Adams says). The tasting room is open from 5 to 10 p.m. on Thursdays, 5 p.m. to midnight on Fridays, and 6 p.m. to midnight on Saturdays.