Kyle’s Crawfish Boil
Saturday, May 24, 2014, South City, St. Louis.
Starting Saturday afternoon and continuing through the night into the wee hours of Sunday morning, Kyle L. and his wife Michelle hosted an assortment of characters for their annual crawfish boil. An event where good food (especially if you love mud bugs the way some of the guests did), and good beer find a home in the bellies of party people. The atmosphere was rich with music and conversation. It was definitely the place to be on a beautiful late spring evening.
Slightly after 3:00 pm people started arriving for the festivities, but the guests of honor were of course the crawfish. Piled in a creepy, crawly mass of claws and feelers, the crawfish were a site to be seen. The fact that they were residing in a kiddy pool while waiting for their impending doom made things a little bit more disturbing.
Kyle dipped the first batch of creek roaches in his witch’s brew of seasonings. The anticipation was thick as the first round was dumped onto the tables. It was like Old Country Buffet went Cajun! The smiles all around confirmed the partiers had gotten what they wanted.
The All Grain UndergrounD agreed to supply beer again. They arrived early and set up their beer droids (pink pods) for the masses to enjoy. This year, the UndergrounD leveled up and brewed 20 gallons for the event. They had five gallons each of Dickie’s Pale Ale and Irish Red Rye. They also brewed 10 gallons of Kyle’s Kölsch specifically for the boil.
Last year, lead brew architect Tom set up shop at the boil with 10 gallons of beer. His tasty supply of Pale Ale and an Irish Red were a hit. The two kegs were finished by 9:00 PM. After doubling their production from last year, the beer lasted until 9:20 pm. It’s hard to imagine that twice the beer only lasted about 20 minutes longer than the previous year.
Although everyone had an opinion of which beer they liked best, they all agreed the beer was really good. Just more validation that the guerilla brewers over at the AGU make great beer! Next year, the guys are talking about making even more beer for Kyle’s annual Cajun shindig!