There is an official LSU licensed beer thanks to a partnership between the school and Tin Roof Brewery in Baton Rouge.
Unfortunately for thirsty Tigers fans, the opportunity to land some officially licensed beer could soon be coming to an end thanks to a proposal from Louisiana lawmakers to outlaw universities in the state from having partnerships with breweries.
The decision would also impact Louisiana-Lafayette, which has a partnership with Bayou Teche Brewing.
Democratic state representative Cedric Glover introduced House Bill 610 which would create the ban. The schools would be able to continue through their current contracts, but would be unable to renew them. Because our lawmakers have nothing more important to be focusing on, right?
“Why would we have wanted to officially license and brand and tie an alcoholic beverage to a school?” Glover asked in a story by The Advocate. “Deep in my heart, I just know it’s wrong for us as a state to allow a public university to put our official stamp of approval on an alcoholic beverage.”
As you would expect, LSU president F. King Alexander is not too pleased.
“It’s nonsense,” Alexander said. “Glover likes to throw stones. He’s never been a fan of LSU.
“We license lots of products; we’ll help you do that. Here, we have a local business, run by LSU alumni who we helped get started in our business incubator and who gives us 15 percent on one of the ales they sell. I don’t find a problem with that at all.”
I think everyone can rally together here and agree that we should led the schools keep their beer.
Photo Credit: Tin Roof Brewery