Written by Mary Perez for The Sun Herald and USA Today Travel
BILOXI, Miss. – So much lost during Hurricane Katrina can never be replaced, but in the case of Biloxi Blonde beer, it can be recreated.
The beer, born at the Beau Rivage Resort and Casino, was lost when the casino’s brewery was destroyed in 2005. Yet it was not forgotten by customers.
“It’s so much more than a beer. It’s really a comeback moment,” said Beau Rivage spokeswoman Mary Cracchiolo-Spain.
The Beau Rivage went to the Legislature to get permission for microbreweries and was the first to operate in Mississippi. Copper brew kettles from Germany were installed at the Coast Brewing Co. at the Beau and customers watched the brewers making Biloxi Blonde and six other beers.
“Biloxi Blonde was one of our top-selling beers,” said Cracchiolo-Spain.
Brewmaster Brian Bush won the silver medal in the German-Style Kolsch category at the 2004 Great American Beer Festival in Denver, beating Anheuser-Busch’s Michelob Amber Bock and other national contenders.
When customers kept asking for Biloxi Blonde, the Beau Rivage collaborated with Lazy Magnolia Brewing Company in Hancock County to bring it back.
“This is a new interpretation of that beer,” said Cracchiolo-Spain.
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