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Mardi Gras 2014

Mardi GrasToday, Tuesday March 4th, is Mardi Gras!!! We will be celebrating all night with more music by The Number Ones, beads for everyone (no need to embarrass yourselves), killer beers and great Cajun and Creole food. Get on down and enjoy this traditional day of eating and drinking.

Every year we are asked what day of the week Mardi Gras is on.  Well, Mardi Gras actually translates to Fat Tuesday. Notice the key usage of the word Tuesday. This means that the holiday occurs on TUESDAY not Friday or Saturday. Of course in Utah we find ourselves celebrating Cinco de Mayo on whatever Saturday or Friday is closest to the Fifth; Independence day on the 4th unless it is a Sunday and then we go to Friday or Saturday using some method I have no understanding of. Same with Halloween where kids use the whole weekend if it falls on a Sunday. At The Bayou we will always celebrate Mardi Gras properly on Tuesday.

Anyway, getting that rant out of my system, Mardi Gras is a day of celebration in Anglican and Catholic traditions, the last day of eating rich, fatty food and drinking before the fasting of the Lenten season which begins on Ash Wednesday (the day after Mardi Gras). While many consider the whole period of festivities leading up to that special Tuesday as "Mardi Gras" really is it more appropriate to call that time Carnival.

If you have ever wondered how the date is calculated (considering that it seems to swing wildly from year to year) here is the forumla: Ash Wednesday is 46 days before Easter. Easter is the Sunday following the full moon following the vernal equinox. However, the vernal equinox and full moon are not determined astronomically (that would make too much sense) but a theoretical model called the Ecclesiastical Full Moon is used. It is long and convoluted process with differences depending on which orthodox group you follow. You can read the whole messy system on wikipedia http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Computus

Specials 12/4-12/10

Lemon Pepper Salmon Skewers 6.99

Lightly seasoned salmon, skewered and grilled to perfection.

Hawaiian Pizza 9.99

A true Hawaiian pizza would have Spam. We use ham with our pineapple and put it all on a cheese and tomato sauce base.

Asian Tuna Steak Sandwich 10.99

Lightly seasoned and seared tuna steak on a white bun with arugula, shredded daikon, tomato and a wasabi ginger sauce.

Beef Lasagna 10.99

Just the basic traditional lasagna. Ground beef, a trio of cheeses, and marinara sauce. MMM good. Served with garlic bread.

Eggnog Cheesecake 6.99

Eggnog cheesecake in a ginger snap cookie crust served with a side of bourbon sauce.

2013 Holiday Beers now available!

 

Rare and Limited Holiday Beers

Our 2013 holiday beer order has arrived. Supplies of all these beers are limited and we will not be able to place another order until next year so don't wait too long to give them a try.

Beer Name Country ABV Size Price
Mikkeller Hoppin Loving Christmas Belgium 7.8% 750 ml 25-  
  Has been described as having “a brutal level of hoppiness, without being overly bitter.” Mikkeller has managed to give this beer and intense hop flavor without the usual bitterness. A perfect hint of ginger adds an amazing spice character.
Mikkeller Santa's Helper Belgium 11.0% 750 ml 25-
  An 11% Belgian quadruple style ale. Delicious with big flavors of cookie dough, chocolate, figs and spice. The addition of actual cocoa powder makes this one incredibly special.
Mikkeller From/To Belgium 8.0% 750 ml 25-
  The dedicated guys at Mikkeller have simply outdone themselves with this holiday version of a Baltic Porter. Earthy and hoppy with hits of coffee, dark fruit and a full roastiness. A great example of the new hoppy Belgian artisan beer movement.
Struise Tsjeeses Belgium 10.0% 330 ml 13-
  A deep blonde abbey-style trippel that has been aged for 8 months over different stone fruits. Once you try one you too will say “Tsjeeses, what a beer”.
“Don't f**k with the Tsjeeses.” --Coen Brothers, Big Lebowski
Struise Tsjeeses Reserva Belgium 10.0% 330 ml 13-
  Apparently Struise decided to f**k with the Tsjeeses. They took 4 barrels of Tsjeeses and gave it a 6 month aging on oak. A bit rough when we first received it in 2011, we have aged a bunch of it and it has really come together.
Thiriez Bière de Noël France 6.0% 330 ml 8-
  A beautiful red-gold wheat beer, with quite subtle all-spice and orange peel added. A slightly tart and quite refreshing festive brew. Champagne for the true beer lover.
De Ranke Pere Noel Belgium 7.0% 330 ml 8-
  The De Ranke brewers make small batches of what many consider the best specialty beers of Belgium. Their beers are robust and flavorful, and famous for their massive hoppiness. With incredibly small production, The Bayou is extremely lucky to get their beers. Pere Noel defies the usual holiday beer custom. It has a gorgeous cellar aroma with a distinctive hoppy dryness. A true Champagne of beers.
Slaapmutske Kerstmutske Christmas Nightcap Belgium 8.1% 330 ml 7-
  Brouwerij Slaapmutske’s “Kerstmutske” Christmas Nightcap is a dark red top-fermented beer, brewed without spices, and refermented in the bottle. This 7.4% ABV Belgian holiday ale is brewed with an assortment of specialty malts and aromatic hops, resulting in a very malty mouthfeel, followed by a soft, warm, medium-dry finish.
To Øl Shameless Santa Denmark 10.0% 750 ml 25-
  Rich fruits with caramel and malt. Sweet but finishing with a dry alcohol warmth.
To Øl Snowball Saison Denmark 8.0% 750 ml 25-
  A SUPER sparkling crisp and dry Saison that has been after fermented with milk acid bacterias and dry hopped over and over to give the beer a crisp and smooth tart finish (not to mention…. there is a lot of hops of course…)
To Øl Frost Bite Holiday IPA Denmark 6.0% 500 ml 17-
  This holiday IPA is brewed with orange peel and pine needles giving a nice citrus notes with an almost breath mint like finish. Some detect dandelions and spruce. Very complex.

Ridgeway Holiday Beers

The Ridgeway Brewery is named for the oldest road in the British Isles and Europe, running nearly 100 miles, past that other ancient landmark, Stonehenge. It is now only passable by foot.

Bad Elf UK 6.0% 500 ml 9-
  Old England meets the new world in this strong, warming winter IPA.
Very Bad Elf UK 7.5% 500 ml 10-
  A Special Old Ale brewed from a 1795 recipe using specially-grown ingredients.
Seriously Bad Elf UK 9.0% 500 ml 11-
  An English Double Ale with a bit of Belgian character. Unique for the U.K.
Criminally Bad Elf UK 10.5% 500 ml 11-
  A boffo Barley Wine. Same basic recipe as Thomas Hardy's Ale.
Insanely Bad Elf UK 12.0% 330 ml 11-
  Billed as an Imperial Red Ale this is a gorgeous and tasty beer.
Warm Welcome UK 6.0% 500 ml 9-
  A stronger brown ale with more hops than you'd expect.
Santa's Butt UK 6.0% 500 ml 10-
  Strong porter. The original name for porter was Entire Butt, meaning the whole barrel.
Pickled Santa UK 6.0% 500 ml 9-
  Amber, spiced Christmas Ale.
Lump of Coal UK 8.0% 500 ml 11-
  Liquid consolation for a depressing holiday. Considering how bad you have been, this 8% bittersweet chocolate stout is more than you deserve.
Reindeer's Revolt UK 6.0% 500 ml 10-

 
A golden amber, hop-accented, English “winter warmer” brewed without spices.
Reindeer Droppings UK 6.0% 500 ml 10-
  Falling from the sky like little bombs of flavour come the Reindeer Droppings! Each one is sweet like California raisins, but bitter and pungent like a freshly peeled grapefruit, lip-smackingly tasty...then 'pow!' it's gone.

What the hell are you doing still reading this?!?!? There are beers to be consumed!

The Bayou
645 S. State Street
Salt Lake City, UT 84111

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