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Abita Brewery’s New Charity Beer: Saint Gleason.

The Abita Brewery in Abita Springs, Louisiana does more than just brew an awesome selection of great beer.  This local company also goes above and beyond to support the community it serves.

Following Hurricane Katrina, Abita put out Restoration Ale, a nice barley pils with citrus undertones that comes in a gorgeous bottle with the New Orleans skyline in silhouette.  At 5%, this beer is an easy choice to accompany pizza or just drink during the game.  Abita donated .25 from each sale to help rebuild New Orleans and areas hit hard by the storm.  Over $500,000 has been donated so far.

 

Abbey Ale is another charity beer released to help aid St. Joseph’s Abby, a local monastery where the monks traditionally brewed and sold beer to support themselves.  Deep in color and rich in flavor, this bad boy comes in a big, ole bottle.  At 8%, please be careful with this one.

S.O.S. (Save Our Shore) is the latest charity beer to make an impact in Louisiana.  Abita released the potent 7%, unfiltered Weizen and wheaty pilsner following the BP Oil Spill.  Since its release, over $275,000 has been donated to fishermen and the clean up effort.  Also in a big 22oz. bottle, but it’s for charity, so have two.

 

 

Saint Gleason is the next charity beer scheduled for release in February of 2012.  Saint Gleason will be an Imperial Red Ale and the proceeds will go to Team Gleason, the charity founded by former New Orleans Saint, Steve Gleason, who was diagnosed with ALS, more commonly known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease.

Yours truly will be at the launch party, since I won the “Name the New Beer” contest.   I will put out a review the day after so stay tuned for the verdict.

Who Dat!

For more info on Abita’s Charity Beers:

S.O.S:

http://abita.com/brews/sos.php

http://sos.abita.com

Restoration Ale:

http://abita.com/brews/restoration.php

Saint Gleason:

http://abita.com/news/2012/01/abita-beer-creates-charitable.php

For more info on Team Gleason and ALS:

https://www.facebook.com/teamgleason.org?sk=info

http://www.team-gleason.com

To Join Team Gleason:

www.team-gleason.com/act

 
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Posted by on January 16, 2012 in Beer for Broads

 

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The Beer-Age Calculator.

The Amazing Beer-Age Calculator.

1. The first step, pick the number of times a week that you would like to drink some beer, more than once but less than 10.

2. Multiply this number by 2.

3. Add 5.

4. Multiply it by 50…
I’ll wait while you get the calculator.

5. If you have already had your birthday this year add 1760. If you haven’t, add 1759.

6. Now subtract your 4-digit birth year

You should now have a 3-digit number

The first digit of the number was your original number (how many times you want to drink beer each week, even though I know the real number is higher.)

The next two numbers are YOUR AGE!

Ta-Daaaaaa.

 
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Posted by on September 20, 2011 in Beer for Broads

 

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Viru

Viru (vee-roo) beer is awesome!  It even comes in a (super cute) octahedral bottle.  Viru is an Estonian pilsner beer.  It is slightly hazy, light in color, and crisp in taste.  This is not the kind of beer to reach for if you are looking for a flavorful punch of hoppy-wheaty goodness.  Instead, Viru is brewed with Lithuanian malted Barley, Saaz hops, and (like Abita) is brewed in artisan spring water from the brewery area.  There is also a very slight vanilla undertone.  Yummy.

Many critics have slammed Viru as weak, but I find the lack of bite refreshing, especially when the majority of brewers think packing as much flavor as possible in a beer is what makes it great.  Sometimes, less is more refreshing and makes for easier drinking.  Ladies beware, Viru packs a whopping 5% AC, so be careful.

Viru’s signature bottle shape was designed a century ago in Russia and is meant to be reminiscent of the castle turrets of old.  The U.S. only started importing Viru in 2009, so it is still a bit tough to find, but it is worth it to grab a few extra for the at home beer stash.

 

 
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Posted by on September 14, 2011 in Beer for Broads

 

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Abita Purple Haze

Abita Purple Haze is my “right now” favorite beer.  Granted, I am a bit bias as Abita is a local company, but this beer is fantastic and is a constant staple in my beer fridge.  Yes, I have a beer fridge.  What else do you do with old dorm fridges?

Purple Haze is a Raspberry Wheat Lager, but unlike other fruity beers, the raspberry does not overpower or is so thick on the sugar that it leaves you feeling sick to your stomach.  At a nice 4.2%(and an easy 128 calories a bottle), you can have a few without getting too tanked too quickly.  Sadly, for now, it only comes on tap or in bottles, so you can’t take it to outside events.  However, the Abita Brewing Company will be putting out their product in cans just in time for the next Mardi Gras season.

Purple Haze is a cloudy, pale, yellow gold beer, and although it does have an infusion of raspberry puree, there are no floaties (particles) and no sediment.  Purple Haze is lightly carbonated, so no waiting for the foam to settle.  It has a nice, clean scent, unlike many other fruity beers that smell like you are drinking fruit juice.  It runs for about $8 a six-pack and is distributed nationwide.

Another pro for Purple Haze is the Abita brewery was built on top of the Abita Springs aquifer, so the water that they use to brew their beers is pure and does not go through purification and mineral adjustments.

Overall, Purple Haze is a great chick beer.  Most men will steer clear of the pretty, purple bottle, so more for you.  It’s light, refreshing, and widely available.  And if you are ever in the New Orleans area, you can visit the brewery and take thier brew tour.  For more info on Abita, you can go here:  http://www.abita.com/

 
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Posted by on August 24, 2011 in Beer for Broads

 

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