For a Limited Time Only, Abita Strawberry Harvest Lager

For a limited time, Abita is producing their Strawberry Harvest Lager. I’m yet to sample this divine sounding drink but I figured I’d put out the alert, should any one else come in contact with such a fine beverage.

Strawberry Harvest Lager is a wheat beer made with real Louisiana strawberries, picked late in the season when they’re at their sweetest. This brew has earned quite a reputation in a short time, causing the brewery to up their production year after year. When this brew is found, emails and phone calls fly to friends informing them of the store’s location. Strawberry Harvest is a crisp, light lager with just a hint of strawberry sweetness. It is wonderful with desserts or lighter fares such as salads and pastas. Fresh cheeses such as Burrata, chevre, Creszenza, mozzarella or Teleme pair well with Strawberry Harvest.

I’m hot on the trail of this highly sought after drink. Any and all leads appreciated!


Ode to Abita Purple Haze

Abita Purple Haze is a personal favorite of mine. A soft taste of raspberry dominates this beer with hints of malt flavors underneath. The fruity undertones make it an ideal summer drink. Hard not to drink in one swift gulp but ultimately, better to savor slowly.

My love for Abita Purple Haze is only compromised by one thing…the inability to find Abita’s other beers.

Seeing as Abita is brewed in Abita Springs, Louisiana, 30 miles north of New Orleans…it may be some time before I can find more of Abita’s delicious beers.

Obama Sends Beer to Canadian Prime Minister

Beer, it’s not just a drink…it’s what presidential bets are made of!

Just ask President Obama who recently sent Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper after the two had wagered a case of beer on the outcome of the men’s gold medal Olympic hockey game.

According to the Los Angeles Times,

Obama made good on his bet Friday morning, sending Harper some Molson Canadian. He even included a case of Yuengling, the beer he would have desired had the U.S. claimed the gold.

Ambassador David Jacobson delivered the prize to a very pleased Harper.

“David, you guys always fulfill your promises to us, and we appreciate it,” Harper said.

But Harper’s pleasure will not be augmented by his beer of choice.

Harper’s spokesman Dimitri Soudas said the two cases of beer will be donated to the Hockey Hall of Fame in Toronto.

Beer, it’s good for you AND your country.

SlashFood Names Chatoe Rogue Dirtoir Lager It’s Beer of the Week

Joshua M. Bernstein is the resident beer expert over at His columns never fail to open my eyes to new beers. His “Beer of the Week” column gives way for great beer inspiration (especially when writing this blog). This week Joshua reviewed Chatoe Rogue Dirtoir Lager as his beer of the week.

The first release of Chatoe (an intentional misspelling of wine term chateau) was the fresh and pungent Wet Hop Ale, which highlighted Rogue’s proprietary blend of hops. It was a tasty treat, and release No. 2 — the Dirtoir Black Lager — really rocked my pint glass.

Read his entire review at SlashFood.

St. Patrick’s Day : How to Make Green Beer

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

As a general rule of thumb, I try to stay away from green beer, green eggs, green anything…not only on St. Patrick’s Day, but on most days in general.

It recently dawned on me that green beer is a tradition in many homes across America.

How does one make green beer? The obvious additive is food coloring. But what’s the secret to making good green beer?

DIY Life has got us covered:

The beer
Choose a lighter beer, one that will take the color easily. If your favorite beer is of the darker variety, it will take more coloring.

The color
It was suggested by a commenter on Slashfood, where we were reminded of this cool St. Patrick’s day tradition, that blue food coloring works best; by mixing it with the yellow beer, you should achieve a true green color. I tried both blue and green food coloring. Take a look through the gallery and decide which one you think worked best.

For the purists among us who don’t want to tamper with good beer, enjoy a Guinness. If you’re in the St. Patrick’s day spirit, but aren’t really a beer drinker, follow me through the break and I’ll share some other green cocktails along with a few non-alcoholic ones.

Plans for New Beer Garden in Williamsburg

The Brooklyn Paper is reporting that a new beer garden is set to open in Williamsburg. Bustling with beer gardens seems to be in Williamsburg’s immediate future with this news coming just after the owners of Radegast Hall announced they would double the size of their beer garden.

Chef Michael Psilakis, owner of Kefi in Manhattan, said through a spokesman that his decision to open a new eatery is not definite, and he has not signed a lease on the new spot. But his company, which operates under the name “Biergarten Williamsburg,” did get approval from the board on March 9 for the spot just off N. 11th Street.

Tiny Bottle Openers at Etsy

Etsy is the ultimate online destination for all things handmade. Forget afghans and knitted booties immediately because there plenty of beer-related gems to be found, such as the ones seen above. Amepix creates -1/4 inch keychain bottle openers that carry catchy beer-centric sayings like “Drink Local” and “Beers Her Own Beer.” For just $4.00, you can choose from “Beers His Own Beer,” “Brews Her Own Beer,” “Drink Local” or “Buy Local.” A little token of appreciation for the beer loving babe in your life.