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Abita Brewing Company’s Purple Haze

The next pint on our list brings us south to ol’ Louisiana, where the gang at Abita Brewing Company have been hard at work convincing us, and others, that fruit beer doesn’t have to be, well, fruity. Our (not so) secret love for fruit beer has been well-documented, and we aren’t afraid to say it. Hell, we can spot an amateur beer snob right off the bat when they sneer at us for drinking a Bud Light while clutching the third Chimay they’ve ever had; and we know a hardened beer pro when we see a guy with a beard unafraid to crack into a fruit beer. That’s our definition, and we’re sticking to it.

Also founded in the “hazy ’80s” and “nestled in the piney woods 30 miles north of New Orleans,” the brewery gets its name from the Abita Springs from which it draws its water. Both the water and the ingredients pay off in Purple Haze.

Hazy and the color of light burnt oranges, this beer looks great and sports a thick white head.

On the nose, it’s like sticking your head into a batch of fresh, whole raspberries.

But don’t panic! At a sip, the first thing we noticed is that this is one crisp, refreshing, light beer with a slight burn on the bottom of the tongue. Only on the tail end did we catch that slight, fresh raspberry taste. “You don’t realize it’s raspberry,” one connoisseur noted, “until you’re committed.”

And after one sip, we were committed to crushing that six-pack.

We would pair this bold brew with a hot date on a hot day, because men and women alike will love this sucker, and we’re bound to impress our loves with our worldly knowledge that fruit beer can be dope. Hell, maybe they’re even a Hendrix fan.

At 4.2 percent ABV, it won’t knock folks on their ass, and it’s perfect for a sweaty, pool-side BBQ.

Delicious Beer News from TheDC

On July 6, Schlafly Beer of St. Louis is releasing their Bavarian-style Weissbier on draught at their tap room.

After closing down last week while wild fires ravaged their Colorado Springs neighborhood, Trinity Brewing Company is back on track, releasing Electric Cucumber Saison on July 13. With “24lbs of cucumbers per barrel, and a large amount of basil,” this beer comes in at 5.8 percent ABV.

On July 16, Oregon’s Deschutes Brewery will follow its Missouri introduction by opening up the Kansas market for its Black Butte Porter and Mirror Pond Pale Ale.

On July 20, Schlafly Beer of St. Louis is releasing their unfiltered Witbier on tap at their tap room.

On July 24Port Brewing Company brand The Lost Abbey will release their 2012 Bourbon Barrel-aged Santa’s Little Helper, with 22oz bottles selling at $15 a pop. The release party will be Christmas-themed and is designed to “collect toys and cash to benefit the Marine Corps Toys for Tots foundation.”

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