Arnaudville’s Bayou Teche Brewing will release a limited edition 31 Stout beer on July 4.
31 Stout will honor the 31 U.S. service members who died Aug. 6, 2011, when their helicopter was shot down by a rocket-propelled grenade.
Bayou Teche says it was first approached by Trey Monaghan, grandson of French Quarter bar owner Jim Monaghan, to brew a stout to raise money for military charities that serve special operations members.
“Most people know that SEAL Team 6 killed Osama bin Laden, but few know that just three months afterwards, members of the same team were killed in another covert raid called Extortion 17,” Trey Monaghan said. “Their helicopter was shot down by the Taliban and was the single largest one-day loss of life in the history of Naval Special Warfare and of the entire Afghanistan campaign.”
Bayou Teche President Karlos Knott said, “We brewed our 31 Stout to honor these 31 U.S. service members who lost their lives. Bayou Teche’s profits from each case and keg sold of this beer will be donated to the Special Operations Warrior Foundation and the 31 Heroes Project.”
A milk stout, 31 Stout is a dark ale fermented with lactose, an unfermentable sugar, which leaves a residual sweetness in the beer made especially for warm-weather drinking.
The brew will be packaged in 22-ounce Belgian-style bottles and also in kegs and will be available at exclusive retailers throughout Louisiana.
A release party will be from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday, with live music by the Lost Bayou Ramblers. T-Jim’s/Brown’s Barbeque will provide Cajun-style dishes designed to complement 31 Stout.