Our choice for Fat Tuesday is one of the Mardi Gras beers, Abita Mardi Gras Bock. The spring seasonal is actually one of the first of the brewery’s seasonal releases.
The maibock, or “spring bock” is brewed with German Perle hops, and pale, pilsner and caramel malt. Honestly, a great beer for a long night of drinking, or pairing with a long night of eating.
In our case, we ate an entire King Cake looking for the little baby. What we didn’t know is the baby wasn’t put in the cake, because it is a choking hazard. It was taped to the box. They don’t call it Fat Tuesday for nothing.
Abita Mardi Gras Bock is available in 12 ounce bottles and draft from January through March.
Malts: Pale, Pilsner, Caramel
Availability: 12oz Bottles, Draft. Jan-Mar
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Spring will bring Abita To-Gose to the French Quarter. (As well as everywhere else you can find Abita.)
In 2017, expect to see the Louisiana based brewery release a not only fresh takes on some of their most well-known beers, but also debuting a few new styles. Abita To-Gose the gose seen above being one of them. The brewery has introduced fresh key limes into a German-style gose. The result – a sour ale with a touch of salt and citrus.
In New Orleans, go-cups mean the fun (and the beer) doesn’t always stay inside the bar. To-Gose is Abita’s refreshing take on traditional Gose beer, brewed with malted wheat and barley, sea salt, coriander and German Perle hops. Fresh key limes added during aging create a sour ale with a kick of citrus, spice, and salt.
According to the brewery, Abita To-Gose should be available around May, 2017, in 12 ounce bottles and draft.
Availability: 12oz Bottles, Draft.
Debut: Spring, 2017
Abita Cypress Kriek
Abita Blueberry Wheat has joined the brewery’s lineup this month, complimenting their Strawberry Lager.
Fresh Louisiana blueberries highlight Abita Blueberry Wheat. The base wheat beer is hopped with German Perle hops.
This crisp wheat beer has the aroma and flavor of fresh Louisiana blueberries. It’s brewed with pilsner and wheat malts and hopped with German Perle hops, then the juice from local blueberries is added to complement the toasty malt flavor. All our Harvest Series brews are made with the finest Louisiana-grown ingredients.
Abita Blueberry Wheat is a 12 ounce bottle and draft offering.
Availability: 12oz Bottles, Draft.
Release: June, 2016
4.4% ABV, 16 IBUs
Abita Bourbon Street Chocolate Stout
Abita Bayou Bootlegger Hard Root Beer hits shelves this month. The first hard root beer the the Louisiana brewery.
Abita already has one of the best non-alcoholic root beers created by a small brewery. (You can get kegs of it too.) Their root beer features pure Louisiana cane sugar; a taste you notice immediately.
Abita is building on root beer’s success with a pure cane sugar, alcoholic version – the first in a line of Bayou Bootlegger hard sodas. The base recipe is the same, brewed/fermented to 5.9% alcohol by volume.
David Blossman, President and CEO of Abita Brewing Company. “It only made sense for us to enhance our already famous root beer with this fun, new twist.”
Abita Bayou Bootlegger Hard Root Beer is naturally gluten free, and caffeine free. The flavor profile delivers aromas of wintergreen, vanilla and sassafras, with hints of clove and anise. Available in 12 ounce bottles in Louisiana in December. Nationally in 2016.
Style: Hard Root Beer
Availability: 12oz Bottles, Draft
Release: December, 2015
Bayou Bootlegger’s namesake is inspired by New Orleans’ original bayou bootlegger, Jean Lafitte, the early-19th century French pirate and smuggler.
Abita Louisiana Spiced Ale