Abita will serve specialty beers at Boudin, Bourbon & Beer
Abita has cosponsored the Emeril Lagasse Foundation
's Boudin, Bourbon & Beer
since its inception in 2011. Abita Vice President of Sales Leo Basile was approached by the foundation about creating a more casual event to complement the foundation's lavish wine fundraiser, Carnivale du Vin
, for which tickets start at $1,000. They thought a less formal event would be perfect for something focused on beer.
At this year's Boudin, Bourbon & Beer, Nov. 7 at Champions Square, Abita will serve all its year-round beers on tap, including Light, Purple Haze, Amber, Restoration Pale Ale, Jackamo IPA, S.O.S., Andygator and Abbey Ale, as well as the seasonal Christmas Ale. Also on tap this year is the most recent version of the brewery's Bourbon Street Imperial Stout.
The cask beer garden will feature a wet hop Restoration Pale Ale, which includes freshly harvested Cascade and Chinook hops that were grown on a Northshore farm for Abita and added to the beer after fermentation. Abita President David Blossman says he's looking forward to sampling this beer in particular, since Restoration Pale Ale is a beer that is well-served by cask conditioning.
"It'll let the hops shine through," Blossman says.
Also in the cask garden is a new variation of Turbodog called Bourbon Coffee Dog, which is aged in boutique bourbon barrels with coffee.
"We've done bourbon and we've done coffee, but this is the first time we're doing them together," Blossman says.
Abita's Black IPA Imperator also will be available on cask. It's an 8 percent alcohol by volume (ABV) beer which goes down very smoothly, Blossman says. His personal strategy for the evening will be to start with one pint of Bourbon Street Imperial Stout (which is 10 percent ABV) followed by one Imperator. Then he'll switch to lower ABV and more mellow Wet Hop Restoration cask ale for the rest of the evening to ensure he's able to enjoy the entire event.