There’s going to be a big celebration in New Orleans in February and I’m not talking about the Super Bowl. Fat Tuesday, the biggest (and last) day of Mardi Gras falls on February 12th, but parades and revelry began on January 19th. The term Fat Tuesday is a reference to the idea that people will indulge in fatty, rich foods prior to the beginning of the fasting commonly associated with Lent.
Mardi Gras is a carnivale type party where people visit from all over the world to party and dance in the streets of New Orleans. For many, the religious aspect is lost in the shenanigans. But for some, that is the most important part. Either way you, there will be lots of great food, wine and especially great beer.
The most famous brewery in Louisiana is arguably The Abita Brewing Company. Located in Abita Springs, Abita has been brewing beer since 1986. When they opened their doors, they were producing just under 2,000 barrel per year. In 2011, the company produced over 130,000 barrels of beer and 5,000 barrels of Root Beer.
The brewery makes seven brew years round. They are Abita Amber, Golden, Light, TurboDog, Purple Haze, Jockamo IPA and Restoration Pale Ale. They also produces five seasonal beers: Mardi Gras Bock, Spring IPA, Wheat, Fall Fest and Christmas Ale. It doesn’t end there, though. They also brew four big beers: Abbey Ale, AndyGator, S.O.S. and 25th Anniversary Double Dog. As well as their famous root beer and three Harvest Brews: Strawberry, Satsuma and Pecan
One of the greatest things about Abita (besides the delicious beer) is the fact that they give back to their community. Abita S.O.S. (Save Our Shore) was introduced less than sixty days after the April 2010 explosion on the Deepwater Horizon drilling platform in the Gulf of Mexico. The brewery donates 75 cents from every bottle to the charitable fund that Abita set up to assist with “rescue and restoration of the environment, industry and individuals fighting to survive the disastrous oil spill”. So far, they have raised over $350,000 for the cause.
Abita Restoration Pale Ale was created immediately after Hurricanes Katrina and Rita ravaged the gulf. The brewery itself didn’t sustain any major damage so they decided to try and help out their neighbors. Abita donates one dollar from every six pack to the Louisiana Disaster Recovery Foundation. So far, they have raised over $550,000.
Editor for Chilled Magazine