Thursday Tasting 2/6: Pre-Mardi Gras Tasting with Abita Beer

Posted Feb 06, 2013 in Beer, Breweries, Events, Goings on, Seasonals

mardi gras bock

This Thursday, join us and Ralph from Abita Beer in NOLA for a sampling of pre-Mardi Gras liquid treats.
Mardi Gras Bock: “Mardi Gras Bock (January – March) is the first of our seasonal brews. Abita Bock is brewed with pale, pilsner and caramel malts and German Perle hops. Our bock is similar to German maibocks with its rich malt flavor and full body. A perfect choice during Carnival season in New Orleans. Gruyére, Emmental and Swiss are nice cheese choices with Bock. Great with roasted beef or pork. Try it with Mexican food, too.” [6.5% abv]
SOS (Save Our Shores): “Abita S.O.S.® (Save Our Shore) – a charitable pilsner is a message in a bottle…a distress signal for the troubled waters of our Gulf Coast. For every bottle sold Abita donates 75¢ to the rescue and restoration of the environment, industry and individuals fighting to survive the disastrous gulf oil spill. This unfiltered Weizen Pils is made with pilsner and wheat malts. It is hopped and dry hopped with Sterling and German Perle hops. It has a brilliant gold color, a sweet malt flavor, and a pleasant bitterness and aroma.” [7.0% abv]

Andygator: “Abita Andygator®, a creature of the swamp, is a unique, high-gravity brew made with pale malt, German lager yeast, and German Perle hops. Unlike other high-gravity brews, Andygator® is fermented to a dry finish with a slightly sweet flavor and subtle fruit aroma. Reaching an alcohol strength of 8% by volume, it is a Helles Dopplebock. You might find it goes well with fried foods. It pairs well with just about anything made with crawfish. Some like it with a robust sandwich. Andygator® is also a good aperitif and easily pairs with Gorgonzola and creamy blue cheeses. Because of the high alcohol content, be cautious – sip it for the most enjoyment.” [8.0% abv]

Abbey Ale: “Abita Abbey Ale honors the ancient tradition of monks who perfected the art of brewing beer to support the monastery and their “liquid bread.” We offer up our support and thank them with a 25-cent donation to St. Joseph’s Abbey with every bottle sold of this heavenly brew. Dark amber in color, the aroma of caramel, fruits and cloves invites you to contemplate the creamy head of this “Dubbel” or double ale. Abita Abbey Ale is a malty brew, top-fermented and bottle aged to rapturous perfection. This ale pairs well with barbecue, meat stews or a nice thick steak. For dessert, try Abita Abbey Ale with milk chocolate or chocolate bread pudding.” [8.0% abv]

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