2010 Abita Home Brewer Contest

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Postby yeastmeister » Sat Nov 13, 2010 9:26 am

Well, we cancelled. Looks like I was the only one willing to go. 0006 decided work was more important (I think he is ill), so it left just me. Driving that way and back is no fun by yourself.
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Postby yeastmeister » Sat Nov 13, 2010 2:28 pm

Well, Steve went and texted me some results. Charlie Milan won 3rd place with a Baltic Porter. Don't know who won 2nd or 1st, but according to Steve, the 1st place beer was an Oyster Stout.

Hmmmm....bet Abita wasn't expecting that. Wonder if they will actually make it.
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Postby jimmiec » Sun Nov 14, 2010 9:07 am

I asked the owner of abita if he was really going put oysters in his beer. He said he could not wait to brew it and eat the oyster. He is thinking of adding them to the boil for about 4 minutes and taking them out to eat. The other brewers were disappointed because to them it sounded like more work. The owner, head brewer, Andy, and someone else were the deciders. 2nd place a Berliner weisse. The owner still brews at home. He said the other weekend he broke his glass carboy in the refrigerator, and it leaked all over the carpet.

The best beers on tap were the rye pale ale and SOS cask (nicely hopped). The casked bourbon barrel turbo dog was kind of disappointing but did have a nice and different taste than the normal turbo dog. I would have liked more bourbon flavor. The Christmas ale was just ok. At the pub they had an really good esb abita select.
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Postby Imakewort » Sun Nov 14, 2010 9:52 am

I got there right after they tapped the bourbon barrel turbo dog, it had a very strong bourbon flavor which went down as the day progressed, I liked the SOS not bad, plus my favorite beer is the Christmas ale not as spiced as most which is fine with me, as I feel most are over spiced. I drink a lot of the draft Christmas ale over here :) The food was great all you could eat, And they had a awesome cheese selection with crackers for pairing your food.
I went on the brewery tour they have a really great system. Wish I could of seen their Merlin boiler in action.
Over all I had a great time met the boys from Baton Rouge and we tasted a lot of the entry's some where OK most where not, So if you are a good brewer you would stand a pretty good chance next year. I took some pictures but seem unable to down load them at the moment so will try later.

I recommend that you enter and visit next year very worth while
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Postby aleguy » Thu Nov 18, 2010 11:02 am

I will be very surprised if they continue making oyster stout for very long. My understanding is the oyster flavor is very short-lived and they will have to sell their entire production in two weeks or so. Even then, the oyster flavor may not hold.
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