Imperial Louisiana Oyster Stout By Abita Brewing
Abita is proud to
introduce their newest Select brew, made with real Louisiana oysters. Last
year the Abita Brewing Company sponsored a home brew competition and offered
the winning brewer a unique prize, a chance for their beer to be brewed by
Abita and distributed as an Abita Select offering. The winning home brewer
is Kerry Dale Yoes of Zachary, with Imperial Louisiana Oyster Stout.
Home brewers from around the region gathered in March of last year at the Abita
Brewery to compete. Yoes’ beer was the judges favorite and earned him the “Andy
Award.” The award was named in honor of Abita’s first home brew contest winner,
Andy Thomas who created the base recipe for Abita Andygator many years ago.
Abita Celebrates Louisiana Seafood
“We are especially pleased to offer this new Select because it contains real
Louisiana oysters,” said David Blossman, President of Abita Beer. “We want the
world to know that seafood fresh from Louisiana is ready and waiting for them to
enjoy in so many ways...including as an ingredient in craft beer. Using
Louisiana ingredients in our brews, from strawberries and satsumas to pecans and
oysters, is just another way Abita Beer keeps their promise to always stay
Abita’s Imperial Louisiana Oyster Stout is made with pale, caramel, roasted and
chocolate malts. Oats are also added to give the beer a fuller and sweeter
taste. The roasted malts give the beer its dark color, as well as its intense
flavor and aroma. The flavors of toffee and chocolate are prevalent but not
overpowering. The beer is hopped with Willamette hops. Since the beer gets so
much flavor from the malts there is not a lot of hop flavor. There is just
enough bitterness to complement the sweetness of the malt. Finally, freshly
shucked Louisiana oysters are added to the boil. The salt from the oysters gives
the beer a more intense aroma and mouthfeel.
Abita Select is an exclusive premium draft product line from Abita that features
a new style every few months. These specialty brews can be found only on tap and
only at certain restaurants and bars. Consumers can locate Abita Select by using
the beer finder on the Abita website or downloading the free Abita iPhone app.
Abita Brewing Company
The Abita Brewing Company was founded in Abita Springs, La., in 1986 and is the
oldest and largest craft brewer in the southeast. Abita is the 24th largest
commercial brewer by production volume in the nation and the 15th largest craft
brewer in the United States. Sales for the company should exceed 130,000 barrels
Abita Brewing Company produces seven flagship brews year-round: Abita Amber,
Golden, Light, Turbodog, Purple Haze, Jockamo I.P.A. and Restoration Pale Ale.
Abita also offers five seasonal beers, three Harvest brews, four Big Beers and a
draft-only series of Select beers.