Bottoms up, Ragin’ Cajuns.
You now have your own brand of beer.
The University of Louisiana at Lafayette and Arnaudville-based Bayou Teche Brewing on Thursday unveiled Ragin’ Cajuns Genuine Louisiana Ale, which is now flowing on tap at select venues and is expected to be available in bottles next month.
UL-Lafayette already has its own custom seasoning, coffee, wine and even a Ragin’ Cajun Burger offered at Sonic Drive-Ins, featuring an edible logo stamped on the bun.
Beer just seemed an obvious next step, UL-Lafayette spokesman Aaron Martin said.
“We really wanted something that could fit into tailgating,” Martin said.
He said another requirement was the use of local ingredients, and the brewmeisters complied with a German-style kölsch beer that mixes local rice with the traditional base ingredient of barley — an addition to lighten the body a bit.
“We wanted something that was made locally with pride,” Martin said.
Bayou Teche Brewing President Karlos Knott described the beer as highly carbonated with a crisp, clear taste.
“You can drink a few of these in the heat,” he said.
Suggested food pairings range from fried seafood to crawfish bisque and meatball stew.
“We definitely brewed this beer for our climate and our festivals,” Knott said.
The beer was available on tap beginning Thursday at a handful of local bars and restaurants and will be available Friday at Downtown Alive! and at Saturday’s football game at Cajun Field, where beer has been sold since 2009.
Schilling Distributing Co. is scheduled to begin wider distribution in the coming weeks.
The beer is expected to be available in bottles by UL-Lafayette’s homecoming football game on Oct. 31.
Locations where the beer is available can be found on Schilling’s LiquidFinder smartphone app.
A portion of the proceeds from beer sales will be used to support UL-Lafayette programs, Martin said.
UL-Lafayette’s entry into the beer market comes about three years after LSU announced and then scrapped plans for the LSU Bandit Blonde Ale by Baton Rouge-based Tin Roof Brewing.
The LSU system, which oversees LSU, complained that the university-branded beer would have violated the school’s contract with the Collegiate Licensing Co., which handles licensing for several universities.