Official LSU beer “Bayou Bengal Lager” may be a thing of the past if certain Louisiana lawmakers have their way.
According to a report from The Advocate’s Mark Ballard, Louisiana Democratic Rep. Cedric Glover has created a bill that aims at shutting down the relationship between state universities and local breweries.
LSU has an agreement with Tin Roof Brewing Co. in Baton Rouge, which created and brews the school’s “official” beer. If approved and voted into law, Glover’s House Bill 610 would require that the university and the brewery terminate their relationship at the end of the current contract.
Glover said when he found out that school such as LSU and UL-Lafayette were striking deals with breweries, he felt the need to take action.
“It struck me deep in my heart. This is wrong,” Glover said, per Ballard’s report.
“Why would we have wanted to officially license and brand and tie an alcoholic beverage to a school?”
Of course, there is a financial incentive involved. LSU President F. King Alexander argued in favor of the agreement, which returns the school 15 percent on the sales of some products as a result of the agreement between the university and the owners of the brewery, who themselves are LSU alumni.
The bill is reportedly slated for upcoming debate during a education committee meeting, but Ballard reports there is not yet a date for a hearing on it.