A measure that would prohibit public universities from having their name or images to market alcoholic beverages was voluntarily deferred in the House Education Committee. Shreveport Representative Cedric Glover filed this bill because he believes LSU and UL-Lafayette licensed “official” beers promote underage drinkings.
“Those are intended to be intoxicating, to have the intended effect that if you drink more than two or three you will get a buzz. If you drink a six pack, you’ll get drunk, if you drink a 12 pack, you’ll get sick.”
UL-Lafayette has Ragin Cajuns Genuine Louisiana Ale, while the LSU beer is “Bayou Bengal Lager.” But Hammond Representative Chris Broadwater says given the massive cuts to higher education, schools need this opportunity to generate funds.
“We can also do harm to the youth of our state by not providing these schools every opportunity to have sufficient funding to provide the quality of education we want for our kids.”
Stephanie Knott with Bayou Teche Brewing spoke out in opposition of the measure, discussing the brewery’s partnership with the University of Louisiana at Lafayette.
“And it would be devastating to our business if we couldn’t continue to make this brand. We’ve worked for almost two years to help grow the brand, marketing. We’ve made investment in building and equipment.”