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Old 01-13-2007, 01:36 AM   #1
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Hi guys. For my first post I wanted to share my favorite commerical beer: Abita. Lucky are us close enough to Abita Springs, LA (New Orleans, here) to enjoy their wonderful brews. Their Turbodog is always my favorite, but recently I've been fascinated with the new seasonal: Mardi Gras Bock.

I wish luck in discovering Abita to anyone who hasn't yet had the pleasure.

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Old 01-13-2007, 02:13 AM   #2
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I have a bottle of the Abita Amber. I avoided this beer for a long time, not sure why. I think there was another thread about this same topic a few months back. I'll let you know what I think. (whether you wanted to know or not! )


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Old 01-13-2007, 03:25 PM   #3
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I wish luck in discovering Abita to anyone who hasn't yet had the pleasure.

Cheers

I have always been partial to the dog! Abita used to be a rare find in my area but my local beer distributor has been carrying their products for some time.

 
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Old 01-15-2007, 05:09 AM   #4
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I visited Abita's Brew Pub about three minutes from the brewery and took the "brewery tour" at the actual brewery.

The Brew Pub was excellent. Nice decor, good service, and excellent food. I had their Mocha Porter and Rye Beer. I would definitely go back.


Now the brewery tour was something else. We stood around for 30 mins waiting for it to start with four beers on open taps. There were mostly college students (or looking like college students) there that were downing the free beer before the tour like it was going out of style. I must say I had my share and also that I'd stay away from the Purple Haze (rasberry flavored Hefe?)

The tour finally started and ended about 5 mins later as the mumbling tour guide walked us through the piecemeal brewery. It stunk like horse manure, still not sure why and had a "river" of some unknown fluid running down it's center that kind of looked like grey water.

I do like Turbo Dog and their Amber is pretty good, but needless to say, I don't buy their beer anymore.


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Old 01-16-2007, 06:55 PM   #5
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Yeah they have a lot of quality brews, but you have to wonder what they were thinking when they brewed Purple Haze.... guh... makes me sick thinking about it.

I'll take an Abita Amber in the French Quarter any day, though!
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Old 01-16-2007, 07:05 PM   #6
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My girlfriend got me several of Abita's beers for Valentine's Day last year. Sadly, the golden was skunky so I couldn't drink it, but I really enjoyed the Turbodog and Purple Haze.

 
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Old 01-16-2007, 07:06 PM   #7
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...Their Turbodog is always my favorite, but recently I've been fascinated with the new seasonal: Mardi Gras Bock.
LOL - I kinda misread the name of the beer at first. Turb-dog doesn't sound like a very good beer does it?
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Old 01-16-2007, 08:46 PM   #8
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I have had the Turbo Dog before, and I remember it being quite tasty!

 
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Old 01-16-2007, 10:21 PM   #9
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I am also a big Abita fan. Last winter when I was down they had a special Restoration Ale that was pretty tasty. I'm hoping for a Pats/Saints superbowl!
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Old 01-17-2007, 12:48 AM   #10
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I tried the Abita Amber yesterday. Terrible, had to dump it. I only bought 1 bottle so I think maybe it was skunked.


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