So now that everyone out there has agreed to drink locally, you may also want to know which beers to drink. I took the liberty of compiling my top 10 beers brewed in Louisiana in 2012. Some have come and gone, some are always available, and some will be brewed again, I'm sure.
Helping me with the list was an expert panel of beer opinions:
Polly Watts, Owner, The Avenue Pub
Eric Ducote, Blogger and Raise a Glass Co-Host, BR Beer Scene
Jeremy Labadie, Blogger, The Beer Buddha
Vanessa Gomes, Director of Marketing & Event Coordinator, The Barley Oak
Nora McGunnigle, Blogger, Nora's Beer Blog
Brenton Day, Blogger, The Ale Runner
That being said, the order of the list and selection of beers really was up to me. So if you have an issue or praise, leave it in the comments here or hit me up on Facebook or Twitter!
10. Abita Purple HazeSay what you will, Abita's Purple Haze is still one of the most popular beers brewed in Louisiana. Well regarded as one of the premier raspberry beers in America, Purple Haze made the Men's Fitness list for 6 surprisingly healthy beers in 2012. So to all you runners and fitness nuts, you have no reason to not drink local!
9. Bayou Teche Bière NoireThe Bière Noire pays homage to the strong black coffee (café noir) and what it meant to South Louisiana's French speaking ancestors. It is rich in dark German malts, American hops, and French roasted coffee flavor. The Bière Noire made the First We Feast list of the top brews from all 50 states, representing Louisiana. Congrats on that one!
8. Abita 18th Star Bière de Garde (Abita Select Series)Abita's Bière de Garde is a French style farmhouse ale that they brewed with pilsner and wheat malts, oats, and German perle hops. They added a little lemon peel, then aged the brew for three months before it hit taps. Polly Watts, owner of the Avenue Pub in New Orleans, admitted that this brew "blew my skirt up. Seriously a very good Bière de Garde, rich and the yeast shines." The 18th Star is a tribute to Louisiana becoming the 18th state in the USA exactly 200 years ago.
7. NOLA Irish Channel Stout
|Irish Channel Stout Nitro at The Barley Oak|
6. Bayou Teche Joie à Tous
|Joie à Tous (photo from Bayou Teche)|
5. Parish Canebrake
|Parish Canebrake in Bottles is Still Elusive|
4. NOLA Mechahopzilla
|NOLA Mechahopzilla (photo courtesy of The Ale Runner)|
3. Tin Roof Parade Ground Coffee Porter
|Parade Ground Coffee Porter (photo courtesy of Tin Roof)|
2. NOLA / Stone Pour Me Somethin' Mistah
|Pour Me Somethin Mistah (photo from The Ale Runner)|