With the coming of warmer days South Louisianians herald the arrival of crawfish season. Mounds of the highly coveted crustaceans are poured onto tables along with piles of potatoes, corn, garlic and just about anything else a Cajun has the envie to toss into the boiling pot. I usually opt for a run-of-the-mill domestic lager for the accompanying brew because, One: it’s usually abundantly available at the boil and Two: who needs fancy beer with crawfish?
Now, I’m rethinking that very mindset with the arrival of Bayou Teche’s Saison D’Ecrevisses. It’s a Belgian Saison brewed specifically for pairing with crawfish – it’s no wonder a brewery with crawfish ponds on its property would embark on such a noble endeavor.
You’ll notice a slightly sour nose, with a dry rye component that pairs perfectly with the spiciness of the crawfish. Think of it as an earthy (thanks to the Belgian yeast), hoppier (thanks to the French Aramis hops) version of a light beer whose sourness and pepperiness make it the perfect accompaniment to any seafood boil.
Only available while crawfish are – January through June – but get it while you can because it doesn’t stay on the shelves very long! You can find it at Cannata’s Family Markets.