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Maybe it’s the fact that I finally found a beer I’d been searching to taste again for years. Maybe it’s because we’ve got a brand new craft beer bar on the Island. Whatever it is, “let’s have a beer” is back and better than ever…
Abita Jockamo IPA
BREWERY WEBSITE: abita.com
COLOR: copper orange
AROMA: summer fruits and pine trees mixed with the spicy bite of hops
THOUGHTS: As I said earlier of Abita’s Jockamo IPA when I tried it for the first time while traveling cross-country:
The next stop was New Orleans, and we tasted the delectable Abita Beer. For the evening I stuck with the Jockamo IPA, which is named for the tribes of dancing, singing, chanting “Mardi Gras Indians” who have marched in New Orleans for over 250 years. It was a perfectly hopped, amber brew with tons of taste, especially while walking the streets of N.O. during the evening with one or five in my hand.
So, after much searching and only coming across Abita’s Purple Haze or Amber or Light beers, a few days ago I finally stumbled across Jockamo IPA in a Buy Rite. One of the best things about Jockamo IPA is it’s ability to truly make you want to have another upon completion of one. And this isn’t because of it’s inherent nature of being beer, it’s because of it’s incredible flavor that’s a near perfect combination of intense hops and sweet malts—which makes it a perfect pairing for the spicy food of N’awlins.
Not only does it offer an impeccable taste, but Abita is also one of the leading micro breweries in North America in conservation and green efforts. They were the first to install an energy efficient brewing system that reduces energy use by 70%. They operate their own industrial wastewater treatment plant to generate their own energy. Their unfiltered beer that’s packaged in 6-packs is wrapped with recycled cardboard and 47% less cardboard than a normal 6-pack holder. Plus, their stubby bottles actually use less glass than the regular tall bottle and their sales team drives strictly gas-electric hybrids. So basically Abita makes incredibly delicious beer in one of the most sustainable ways known in America—what more could you want?!
The re-emergence of Jockamo IPA into my life this summer means it’s going to be one hell of a summer…
On my recent adventure across these great United States my cousin and I made sure to try every local beer we could in each destination we stopped for the night. In Austin, TX it was Shiner Bock, which I’ve had before, but of course still love. The Shiner Bocks flowed that night. The next stop was New Orleans, and we tasted the delectable Abita Beer. For the evening I stuck with the Jockamo IPA, which is named for the tribes of dancing, singing, chanting “Mardi Gras Indians” who have marched in New Orleans for over 250 years. It was a perfectly hopped, amber brew with tons of taste, especially while walking the streets of N.O. during the evening with one or five in my hand. Next up was Big River Brew in Chattanooga, TN, which is where we got our first taste of the craft beer sampler on the trip (seen below, which was $6 for seven 4oz beers).
The second to last beer on the right was my favorite. It’s called Sweet Magnolia Brown Ale and is a great blend of British crystal and chocolate malts with Mount Hood hops adding in the right mix of spice. It’s won a World Beer Cup Gold Medal, enough said.
Finally it was time for Gettysburg’s Appalachian Brewing Company for our last stop. Talk about some damn good beer. Their beer sampler, before it decimated us, can be seen above.
My favorite one of these was the Susquehanna Stout, which was a very dark brown brew with a smooth dry roasted taste typical of an Irish Dry Stout. The best brew they had though was their specialty Black IPA, which wasn’t available in the sampler, but was an ideal blend of a stout and an IPA (I had no idea such a tasty beer even existed). I brought home a growler of it for my pops, and he finished it within two days.
Craft beers and their samplers in the places they are brewed are the way to go on any road trip. Sampling the local flavors (food, beer, and women) are the only way I will ever travel again.