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Friday, December 10, 2010

Day 344 Drink: Abita 2010 Christmas Ale

Abita Brewing was founded in 1986, 30 miles north of New Orleans. In its first year, the brewery produced 1,500 barrels of beer.

The brewery has become a real part of Louisiana over the years. They showed their true colors after the BP oil disaster in the Gulf of Mexico, producing SOS Charitable Pilsner to raise fund to get people back on their feet. In August, David Blossman of Abita Brewery presented New Orleans Archbishop Gregory Aymond and Catholic Charities Archdiocese of New Orleans co-president Gordon Wadge with a check for $100,000 to help the church with their ongoing oil spill relief work. The money went directly to help 40 families hurt by the disaster.

Abita 2010 Christmas Ale is a 5.5 percent alcohol by volume brew that pours a red mahogany color with a lacing head. The aroma has a good roasted malt background with just a hint of nut meat. The flavor continues the roasted notes, with some sweetness and just a touch of background spice bitterness from the 38 IBU.

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