I know what you all are thinking, but Northern Jersey is close enough. It's catchy. Get over it. The point is that I went to New Orleans for Jazzfest! I stayed at the Hotel St. Marie and was lucky enough to have my brother, who has been to NOLA many times, show me around the city. From legally drinking in the streets to Jazzfest to Killer Po-boys, the four day trip was packed with adventure. But, as you know, I will focus on the beerventures!
Of course, what is the first New Orleans brewery that you think of? Abita! My first beer in the city was Abita Amber. This Vienna styled lager poured an amber color with a short-lived, white head. It smelled of toasted, caramel malts; not a huge aroma. It tasted lightly of caramel. The mouthfeel was thin and very lightly carbonated. Overall, it was nice with my jumbalaya and easy to drink. It seemed to be what all the locals kept recommending to me as their go-to beer.
The next Abita beer I had was the Andygator. The Maibock poured a clear gold, had a white head, and released aromas of spice and malt. It tasted of a subtle, malty sweetness with a dry, hoppier finish. Not bad, but I think I preferred the Amber. I was expecting to drink some Abita Purple Haze while there, but surprisingly, I couldn't find it! I've found it all over NJ, but not once in New Orleans.
Another Louisiana native, the LA 31 Biere Pale, poured a bronze color with an aroma of herbal hops. The taste was a bit biscuit-y with light hoppiness. It was not my favorite of the trip, but it was created to complement the local cuisine. Next time, I will have to try it with some boudain and see how that changes my opinion!
To speak just a little on the food, I am so grateful that I had my foodie brother to guide me. I have to thank him, Sarah, and Kris for the most amazing birthday dinner at Galatoire's. I highly recommend it, if you are ever in the area! (French food is my weakness!) Everything we ordered was superb, as was the service. Another "must go" is Killer Po-boys. I recommend grabbing a braised pork belly po-boy.. or two or three!
Well, that's a quick overview of my very short, but fun filled, trip to NOLA. I can't wait to go back!
Ever been? What's your favorite thing about the city? Your favorite Louisiana beer? Comment below and let me know! I love to hear from you. Make sure you're following my instagram and untappd for some VERY exciting news coming soon!
Until then, hoppy drinking!
- One Hoppy Lady