Well hello all!
Today it begins. Beer of the week/month or whenever I get a free moment to write to all of you fellow beer connoisseurs. As promised to my good friend Gwyther, I will start this blog with one of our favorite beers. It is known as the illustrious Abita Restoration Ale. Now, Gwyther may not agree with my choice from Abita, as they have many wonderful beers, but this is one of my favorites from this brewery. By the way, let me preference this by saying I am slightly biased due to my love of Louisiana and New Orleans to be more specific. You see, a little known fact is that I, Barry, have roots in Louisiana, and have a special place in my heart for the people, culture, and cuisine of LA. Abita brewery is 30 miles from New Orleans and has had its fair share of struggles and successes. However, this isn't about the place as much as it is the beer. (However Louisiana has not recovered from the hurricane damage and still needs your help. I have not forgotten.)
ABITA RESTORATION PALE ALE:
A great everyday beer that is not overly alcoholic or heavy. It is well paired with spicy or tomato based foods. Citrusy without being wheat beer or 'unfiltered'. It is a smooth beer that allows a little bit of over indulgence without the painful after effects. Abita knows their stuff and does it well. This beer is just enough to cut through about any dish without being overly hoppy or painful on the palate. You see, hops may be the trend right now, but it is not always the most pleasant ingredient in beer. It can be a great additive, but it is just that. Unfortunately, a trend here in the States is more hops = better beer. Really this is not the case. Let me give you a quick hops lesson.....
Initially hops were included in beer by accident, just like the creation of beer itself. Hops help balance the sweetness of the malt sugars used in the creation of beer, but more importantly they help keep bacteria out of the brewing process. Hops are a natural analgesic. Over time we have learned to accept and even enjoy the taste of hops. It can be amazing, but my personal tastes lead me to a less hoppy beer. Remember friends.... the hoppier the beer the bigger the headache. Analgesic = headache/hangover. Though some disagree with me, trust me on this. I have had more experience than needed. If you plan on drinking IPAs, keep it to one or two. After that it is your own fault. Oh, and by the way, a lot of IPA's have a higher alcohol content which of course is the main reason of a hangover. DRINK SOME WATER!!!!!
Enough of my tangent. Grab an Abita, cook up a fine gumbo, sit back and enjoy your day. It's good, real good. Love it and enjoy life. Until next time....I give Abita Restoration Pale Ale a 4 Solo Cups out of 5. Long live Abita. Peace, Love and Cold Beer.