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My beer coverage has been slacking as of late, so let’s catch up.  December’s beer of the month was the Parade Ground Porter from Tin Roof.  Tin Roof is my local brewery here in Baton Rouge and this is my favorite beer that they offer.  It’s a smooth drinking brew packed with coffee flavor.  I like it and I don’t even drink coffee, I wouldn’t judge if you woke up and drank one of these in the morning instead.

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Tin Roof’s winter seasonal is a “robust porter brewed with a special blend of New Orleans Coffee Company mocha and French roast coffee. This smooth brew is full of coffee and chocolate flavor,” per the Tin Roof website.  I’m not the only local blogger that’s a fan, here’s what everyone has to say:

And the Valley Shook!

The Ale Runner

Bite and Booze

Hit a couple ponds on Friday after work looking to catch a few bass on top. The first one was in good shape and I found the bluegill to be very aggressive to both the popper and the dropper. The big bass were in shallow water, sitting on beds and unresponsive to anything thrown their way.  The smaller male bass though would swipe at a fly, I managed to land a few of them.

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The second pond I hit had active bluegill as well, though not the size that I found in the first pond. The catfish were pretty active too. Throwing a slow sinking streamer out to the middle of the pond, let it sink, then hold on was the strategy for the cats. I did catch one on top though which was pretty cool. Managed a nice bass on top as well.

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Capped Friday off with a tour of the Tin Roof Brewing Co. here in Baton Rouge. Every Friday from 5-7 they offer free tours and with the tour you get three free beers. You can’t beat that with a stick. They have an amber(Perfect Tin), a pale ale(Voodoo Bengal) and a blonde(Tin Roof Blonde). The blonde was my favorite, while the amber was Amanda’s. Right now you can only find Perfect Tin in stores, it comes in cans. I’m a big fan of the current trend to can craft beer, I hope it continues.

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Here is a great video that lumehouse put together on the Tin Roof story: