Hey! Anybody remember when the Saints won the Super Bowl? Well I sure do, although I was pretty hammered when it happened! It all started at Brandon's apartment in New Orleans where I had a shot of Wakey Whiskey with him before heading to Cooter Brown's with Brent and Daniel. We were running a little late as we wanted to be there when the doors opened at 11 A.M., but luckily Andrew and Megan were there already to hold a spot down. We arrived before noon and promptly began chanting Saints cheers and "Put on the game!" Did I mention that this was about six hours before kickoff?
Cooter Brown's Tavern and Oyster Bar, New Orleans, La
While Brent dealt with his hangover and Daniel drank his water, Andrew and I began sharing pitchers of delicious brew. I started things off with a pitcher of NOLA Blonde. NOLA, which is synonymous with New Orleans, Louisiana, in this case stands for the New Orleans Lager and Ale Brewing Company. NOLA Blonde is a pretty decent American blonde ale with some nice, citrusy hops. We drank merrily as we downed the pitcher and went back for Andrew's selection.
Before my beer-induced obnoxiousness got too out of control, I decided it would be a good idea to sample some raw oysters. After all, Cooter Browns is an oyster bar, and I happened to be in New Orleans. There isn't much better! These salty, slick, fresh Gulf oysters made me extremely happy as I continued with my pregame preparations: more drinking, of course!
The oysters were a true treat. I mixed up some ketchup, horse radish, Crystal hot sauce, and worcestershire sauce to dip my oysters in. After dipping them, I placed the mollusks on saltine crackers and then added a special treat. I placed a few drops of Crown Royal to the oyster and then plunged the entire collection of flavors and textures into my mouth. It was like heaven on my tongue! It turns out that whiskey and horseradish are perfect compliments! Who knew?!
Needing to soak up a little beer for reasons that will soon be disclosed, I went to the food counter and picked out the most famous sandwich that Cooter Brown's offers: the Coonass Special! This delightful poboy comes with Mrs. Wheat's meat pies, provolone cheese, and gravy, served on French bread. Meat pies on a sandwich is a great idea, and gravy adds so much more! Oh, and what's better than cheese fries to help absorb some liquor?
With a little food, Brent's spirits picked back up and he quickly joined Andrew and I in our inebriation. The two of them had agreed on a menu of drinks to go through, and being a fan of drink menus, I decided to join in. On the menu were shots of Jager, Patron, and Timberwolf, a glass of Crown and water, and chugging pints of Abita Andygator. Rough, yes, to a normal man.
Sticking with Louisiana beer, I had a pitcher of Abita Amber at some point. I know that because I have a picture of it. Also consumed before the Super Bowl was a pitcher of NOLA Hopitoulas. This IPA is brewed with six malts and six hops, then is polished off with some additional dry hopping. The name comes from a famous street in New Orleans called Tchoupitoulas, and clearly there is a reference to the amazing hops in the beer. Hoptastic! We were joined by Brandon, who had been studying since we left his apartment, Amanda, and Katie in time for more drinks... and then... hours later... THE GAME!
Oh yeah, remember when the Saints won the Super Bowl?! Somehow I was still conscious for the entire game, and the after party! Go me! WHO DAT?!