May 20,2015
Todd Price, The Times- Picayune 

Do you take salt with you margarita? At Johnny Sánchez, the Mexican restaurant from John Besh and Aáron Sánchez, you can now get salt in your beer. Chef de cuisine Miles Landrem collaborated with Shreveport's Great Raft Brewing to create a traditional but rarely seen German gose beer, which has a pinch of Avery Island salt.

"It's not salty by any means," Landrem said. "It's crisp."

The gose is part of the Provisions and Traditions series, a special collaboration between Great Raft Brewing and the Besh Restaurant Group. The first beer, a kölsch created with Borgne's chef Brian Landry, was released in late March.

One dollar from each bottle sold goes to the John Besh Foundation, which provides culinary scholarships and support to farmers.

The release of Johnny Sánchez beer was timed for Cinco de Mayo (May 5). Landrem figures the supply will last through July. In addition to being available on tap and in bottles at Besh restaurants, large bottles of the gose can be found at area retailers. A few stores also still have Landry's kölsch.

Lüke chef de cuisine Drake Leonards already has started talking to Great Raft's brewmaster Harvey Kenney about a richer, fall beer using Louisiana cane sugar.

"I'm super excited," Leonards said. "These guys are unbelievably smart and talented. Their palate is unbelievable."

Johnny Sánchez: 930 Poydras St., New Orleans, 504.304.6615


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