I recently attended the Southern Brewers Club quarterly beer tasting event at the Beau Rivage showcasing local craft breweries including the Mississippi Gulf Coast’s Chandeleur Brewing Company. The event showcased multiple beers from different breweries all offered at the Beau Rivage’s Coast restaurant. After chatting with our friends at Beau Rivage, I found that this event only scratched the surface of the Beau’s involvement with local breweries. Here are just a few fun facts I discovered about the relationship between beer and Beau Rivage.
Beau Rivage was the first micro-brewery in the state of Mississippi.
In 1999, Beau Rivage opened Coast Brewing Company creating the first micro-brewery in the state! The brewing tanks were visible to guests, giving them the chance to take a peek at the brew process. Coast Brewing Company won multiple awards for its Sunset Amber Beer. Seven ales and lagers were brewed in-house, with the Biloxi Blonde being their most popular. Beau Rivage is no longer home to a brewery, but it proudly serves beer brewed in all breweries located right here on the Mississippi Gulf Coast.
Crooked Letter Brewing Company prepares brews exclusively for Beau Rivage.
This fact was astounding to me! Ocean Springs brewery Crooked Letter prepares three different beers that can only be found at Beau Rivage. These brews are the
Sheep Shank Ale—a 4.5 percent ABV smooth Kolsch ale
Double Half Hitch Imperial IPA—a 7.5 percent ABV full-bodied India Pale Ale
Anchor Bend Double Stout—a 9.5 percent ABV heralded as an extremely balanced, dark ale
A seasonal brew called Cat Shank Summer Ale will also be featured at the Beau Rivage for its second year. It’s a crisp, refreshing blend made with 100 percent Citra Hops, and at 4.5 percent ABV it’s the ideal brew for hot summer days.
Next time you are at Beau Rivage, be sure to try one of the exclusive brews because you won’t be able to find it anywhere else in the world!
Beau Rivage was instrumental in the craft beer movement in Mississippi.
Mississippi was the last state in the U.S. without a microbrewery or brewpub. That changed in March 1999 when Beau Rivage opened its doors and inside was Coast Brewing Company. At the time, Mississippi law limited beer sold in the state to a 4 percent ABV, challenging the brewmaster to create great flavor with lighter beers.