Beau Rivage Resort & Casino and Lazy Magnolia Partner For The Return of “Biloxi Blonde” Beer
February 9 Launch Party Will Serve Up Free Beer and Entertainment
Biloxi, MS – Beau Rivage is pleased to announce the launch of Biloxi Blonde beer and is celebrating with a party on February 9. Beer lovers are encouraged to come to Beau Rivage’s Coast nightclub from 8:30 p.m.-10:00 p.m. for free beer and entertainment. During the free beer tasting, monetary donations will be accepted for Biloxi’s Back Bay Mission, a non-profit organization that provides emergency assistance, supportive housing and outreach services to the homeless, including a current plan to build housing for homeless veterans in Biloxi.
Biloxi Blonde, Beau Rivage’s top selling microbrew beer pre-Hurricane Katrina, will be available to guests once again as a result of a partnership between MGM Resorts International and Mississippi’s Lazy Magnolia Brewing Company.
“We are very excited to collaborate with an outstanding local company so that we may bring Biloxi Blonde back in the bottle and on tap throughout the resort,” said Beau Rivage Executive Director of Food & Beverage Ron E. Hall. “Hurricane Katrina may have taken our collection of copper-clad brew tanks and the popular beers they produced, but it didn’t stop us from wanting to give our customers what they request; thanks to our partnership with Lazy Magnolia, we’ve now come full circle. We can please long-time fans, as well as give new customers a chance to try Biloxi Blonde for the first time.”
Before the August 2005 storm, Biloxi Blonde and six other beers were brewed on site at Beau Rivage’s Coast Brewing Company, Mississippi’s first microbrewery. The brewpub was destroyed by Hurricane Katrina and when the resort reopened following a year-long renovation, Coast returned as a nightclub without the brewery.
Lazy Magnolia Brewing Company’s interpretation of Biloxi Blonde is nearly indistinguishable from the original. Biloxi Blonde is a German-style Kolsch beer that features American and European malts for depth of flavor, exceptional drinkability and a refreshing finish. “We had always admired Beau Rivage’s brewmaster Brian Bush and wanted to stay as true to his award-winning recipe as possible with the brewing equipment we use,” said Leslie Henderson, co-founder/brewer of Lazy Magnolia Brewing Company, “the focus remains on quality.”
Biloxi Blonde will be available in the bottle and on tap throughout the resort including in the casino, restaurants, bars, theatre and retail stores. In celebration and support of the classic brand’s post-Katrina rebirth, beloved Gulf Coast wood sculptor Marlin Miller – best known for transforming hurricane-damaged trees into coastal-themed sculptures – carved the Biloxi Blonde beer tap handles out of Katrina oak and etched the beer label artwork into the weathered wood.
The popular craft beer will be available exclusively at Beau Rivage in Biloxi and Gold Strike Casino Resort in Tunica, Mississippi.