Karlos Knott (1); (1) Bayou Teche Brewing, Arnaudville, LA, U.S.A.
Technical Session 1: Eco-Awareness & Sustainability
Sunday, August 14 • 9:45–11:30 a.m.
Plaza Building, Concourse Level, Governor’s Square 14
For the WBC presentation I’d like to present information on the
wetlands system that Dr. Whitney Broussard and Dr. Ron Sheffield
designed for us. The treatment pond incorporates a 25 year, 24 hr storm
storage of 10 in. and a 1 ft engineering freeboard. As designed, the
treatment pond allows us to brew up to twice our annual capacity at the
time of its implementation. We then worked with our contractor to design
the pond layout to minimize the surface runoff entering the pond. The
wastewater from the treatment pond is then sent to a shallow, manmade
marsh, where native, local plants known to remove pollutants from water
are planted. I would like to discuss how we turned a problem into an
asset, namely a nice marsh behind our brewery where birdwatchers and
environmental tourists can visit, not to mention a scenic view for our
beer garden’s guests. I will then discuss the planning, building and
maintenance of the natural system, as well as the regulatory hurdles we
encountered in its commission.
President of Bayou Teche Brewing Karlos Knott developed an
appreciation for the finely brewed beers of Europe while serving as a
U.S. Army cavalry scout in Germany in the 1990s. While there, he savored
the local beers and cuisines that had evolved symbiotically together.
Transferred to the Pacific Northwest just as that region’s microbrewery
scene was starting to explode, Karlos often visited these small emerging
breweries and then started brewing small batches of beer at home. This
newfound hobby made it possible for him to craft a tolerable Hefeweizen,
a German wheat beer that at that time was nearly impossible to get in
the states. After his discharge from the army, he came back to Acadiana,
crafting beers for special family occasions and honing his brewing
skills, all the while listening to Cajun and Zydeco music. He has a B.A.
degree in English from the University of Maryland European Division.
When not brewing beer, drinking beer, or reading about brewing or
drinking beer, Karlos enjoys playing his Cajun accordion, cooking for
and spending time with his family and cruising rural Acadiana highways
on his Harley Springer looking for the elusive perfect link of boudin.