LAKE CHARLES, La. — A new craft beer will soon arrive on tap in some of your favorite restaurants with a name usually associated with the best choice for food delivery. Waitr, the wildly popular restaurant on-demand platform, has partnered with Crying Eagle Brewing Company to create a new beer appropriately labeled A Nice Pear.
The new libation is a Saison brewed with organic pear juice and fermented with Northern French Saison yeast. The beer is then dry-hopped with Bramling Cross hops to add additional orchard-fruit notes. Considered an excellent choice for pairing with food, this style was chosen for the originality of having a food-related item in the beer, thereby tying in Waitr’s business. Pear was chosen because it has a floral sweetness and the color reflects the green found in the Waitr logo. The name is a play on words for a Nice Pair/Pear (of Companies/Fruit).
The collaboration was Bayou-born, as both companies were founded in Lake Charles, with the initial idea ironically taking shape over “a couple of beers” at an event where Eric Avery, President of Crying Eagle Brewing, and Chris Meaux, founder and CEO of Waitr, were in attendance.
“As we talked, we agreed it was a cool idea,” said Avery. “Rarely if ever has a brewery collaborated with a technology company to create a unique style for the market.”
“We’re really excited to see Waitr’s A Nice Pear in our partner restaurants,” said Meaux. “Waitr is committed to fueling the success of its restaurant partners and that means doing things that drive business into their restaurants. This is an example of creativity helping our local restaurant industry.”
Limited distribution for the beer is in restaurants in Lake Charles, Baton Rouge and Lafayette. Among the participating restaurants are Walk-Ons Bistreaux & Bar, Pour, 121 Artisan Bistro, and Prime.
Launched in 2015, Waitr is an on-demand restaurant platform designed to connect local restaurants to hungry consumers. Founded in Lake Charles, Louisiana, Waitr’s mission is to develop the local food culture for communities across the United States by expanding the reach of local restaurant menus. Available on the Web, on iPhone and Android devices, Waitr is the most convenient way to discover, order and eat great food from the best local restaurants. Today, Waitr has more than 2,500 restaurant partners and hundreds of thousands of users in more than 100 cities.
About Crying Eagle Brewing Company
Crying Eagle Brewing Company, started only a year ago, has quickly become a thriving hub of activity in Lake Charles. The taproom and beer garden are the site of numerous community activities, fundraisers and business-hosted events. Distributed beers include Ready to Mingle, Louisiana Lager, Pistol Bridge Porter and, soon to be released, Hop Blooded IPA. Crying Eagle Brewing Company also has an impressive rotating line of beers available only in the taproom.