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This press release just arrived in my email tonight, so I thought I’d share it out with my Baton Rouge readers…  This one sounds like it will be a really fun event, and a great way to support local craft brewers and a great local restaurant.

Tuesday, September 24th at 7p.m., Niche will be the first restaurant in Baton Rouge to serve Dr. Hoptagon, a limited black IPA from Parish Brewing.  Local food and drink gurus will be in attendance.  Jay Ducote of Bite and Booze, and Chuck Pierce of Me & My Big Mouth will be recording segments for their shows live beginning at 7 PM.  See the complete press release with more details below.

Revamped Niche Restaurant First Stop for Dr. Hoptagon

 Locally Owned Restaurant Selected to Debut Parish Brewing’s Limited Edition Brew During Louisiana Craft Brewers Week


Baton Rouge – Niche Restaurant is proud to announce they will be the first restaurant in Baton Rouge to serve Dr. Hoptagon, a limited offering from Parish Brewing Company. The beer, a double black IPA, is in limited supply and highlighted as a part of the inaugural Louisiana Craft Brewers Week.  Dr. Hoptagon will be available for one night only, Tuesday, Sept. 24, at 7 p.m, at Niche Restaurant on Siegen Lane.

Niche Restaurant has recently undergone a transformation in cuisine and focus thanks to a new partnership between current owner Ause Ismail and new executive chef and co-owner Sean Rivera. Niche’s new menu highlights elements of classic Louisiana fare that are elevated to a new level with distinct flavors and fresh ingredients. “We’re honored to be a part of Louisiana Craft Brewers Week. The new Niche is dedicated to serving fresh, local food, so featuring local and regional craft beers is a great fit,” says Chef Rivera.

Chef Rivera will offer dishes from the menu that will pair well with Dr. Hoptagon as well as regular favorites. Guests at Niche can dine almost any day on dishes like Eggplant Cakes with Crabmeat Cream Sauce, Oysters Pecan, Pepper Crusted Duck Breast and Blackened Red Fish. Niche’s house made Creole Cream Cheesecake could tempt even the most discerning of palates with its freshly satisfying flavors.

About the brew

Dr. Hoptagon, a double black IPA, is the latest concoction from Parish’s Broussard, Louisiana, brewery. It’s described by the brewery as pleasantly offensive and bursting with bitter hops and black roasted malts. Parish has brewed a limited amount of the beer to be distributed in both draft and bottle form until it’s gone. Parish Brewing’s owner and founder, Andrew Godley, says, “[Dr. Hoptagon] might be the best beer we’ve made to date.”

IPA lovers are eagerly awaiting a first taste of Dr. Hoptagon. Local food and drink bloggers, beer aficionados and more will be on hand to taste the beer and report on it to their followers. Joining the crowd will be local food and drink personalities, Jay Ducote of the Bite and Booze blog and radio show (Talk 107.3 FM, Saturdays at 5 p.m.) and Chuck Pierce of Me and My Big Mouth podcast/radio show (WHYR 96.9 FM, Fridays at 6 p.m.). Both will be recording segments for their shows live on the night of the event.

More on Louisiana Craft Brewers Week

The Dr. Hoptagon debut at Niche is one of several events included in Louisiana Craft Brewers Week, coordinated by the Louisiana Craft Brewers Guild. The recently formed Guild was created by representatives from the seven Louisiana craft brewing companies. Its mission is simple, to promote Louisiana-brewed beer through education and to monitor and assure a healthy craft beer industry within the state.

Come try a rare glass of Parish Brewing Company’s Dr. Hoptagon and celebrate Louisiana Craft Brewers Week at Niche, Tuesday, Sept. 24 at 7 P.M. For more about Louisiana Craft Brewers Week, visit the page.

Browse Niche’s menu here. Follow Niche on Twitter @NicheBR and Facebook here.


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