Tin Roof Brewing Company
Few sounds resonate with the soul of the South like rain on a tin roof. In Baton Rouge, Louisiana’s capital city, Tin Roof Brewing Company is producing beverages out of malts and hops that make people smile. Only a block away from the Mighty Mississippi, Tin Roof crafts beers worthy of the name. An old warehouse near downtown now emits smells of fermentation. Stainless steel cylinders climb to the ceiling amid towers of 12-ounce aluminum vessels meant to supply sustenance to Louisiana’s craft brew fans when full. It is a place of happiness, of hoppiness and of a new era of Louisiana culture.
Charles Caldwell was disappointed when he returned home from the West and noticed a lack of craft beer in the South. He immediately contemplated opening his own brewery, but the process proved to be a slow one. On a trip to Baton Rouge, the Natchez native discussed the topic of a microbrewery with his friend William McGehee. Hard work ensued, and several years later, in November 2010, the dream of opening a brewery in the Red Stick became a reality.
Tom Daigrepont quickly entered as the brewmaster with more than 20 years of experience. His passion is obvious with each sip of Tin Roof brew. There are three beers available year-round: Tin Roof Blonde Ale, Perfect Tin Amber Ale and Voodoo Bengal Pale Ale. Tin Roof, however, did not stop there. Staying true to Louisiana, Tin Roof’s first seasonal beer refreshes summertime palates and is ideal for outdoor activities. Brewed from June to August, Watermelon Wheat uses Louisiana watermelons to create a refreshingly light and well-balanced brew. Additional seasonal beers come in the fall with the Parade Ground Coffee Porter and in the spring with the Juke Joint IPA.
Brewery tours are available for $5 on Friday evenings at 6 p.m. after doors open at 5 p.m. The taps close at 7 p.m. on the dot. For the charge, you will receive a tour of the brewery, a special-edition souvenir glass and three samples of Tin Roof beer. Also be on the lookout for special events at the brewery. Once a month, food trucks gather on a grass field next to the brewery, and many times they are accompanied by live music as well. Tin Roof beers can be found on tap and in cans throughout Louisiana and Mississippi.