You can tip the scales, depending on whether you’re a hop head or a malt head. That’s the foam flecked tightrope 10 judges in this year’s Washington Post sponsored Beer Madness matchup walk in a drink-off for the best beer in the country. Starting with a bracket of 32 beers, which include everything from Schlitz to Dogfish Head 60-Minute India Pale Ale, the ale aficionados sip their way to a championship brew. Ranking in the Sweet Sixteen is Abita Brewery’s Turbodog, which beat out Avery’s Ellie’s Brown Ale, from Boulder, Colorado, one of last year’s Final Four. The beers are broken down into categories of Lagers, Ales, Speciality & Fruit, and Dark Beers. Turbodog will go nose to nose with Sam Adam’s Honey Porter in the dark beer category, a slam dunk for the Louisiana brew if you ask me. Check the website on March 23, to see if Turbodog goes on to the Elite Eight. This year’s champ will be revealed on April 6.
Frank’s Casing Crew, now doing business as Frank’s International, will make its final appearance on ABiz’s list of the Top 50 Privately Held Companies in Acadiana this year, and once again, it will likely be at the top with more than $1 billion in annual revenues. The 75-year-old company specializing in tubular fabrication and installation services to the oil and gas industry plans to go public this year.
The defeat, or rather highjacking of House Bill 420 in the final days of this year's Legislative Session, say Reps. Vincent Pierre and Terry Landry, is the result of the propaganda spread by one unidentified local media outlet and an unnamed former state Representative, but nothing to do with the original legislation's lack of checks, balances or details.
He’s a singer. A songwriter. A piano man. A family man. He’s even got his own Wikipedia entry. He’s David Egan. And he knows ancient secrets about the monolithic stones of Stonehenge that he’s not willing to share.