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Memphis Beer Week, Day 2: Jockamo IPA firkin at Hog & Hominy

April 23, 2013 By: mike Category: Breweries, Craft beer, Events, Memphis

Abita Jockamo cask

On Sunday’s kick-off to Memphis Beer Week, I gave my taste buds a serious workout at the Young Avenue Deli.

I started the night with the excellent Noble Prized Porter, brewed for Memphis’ inaugural craft beer week by Ghost River Brewing. I followed that up with Rufus, a sour red ale from Yazoo Brewing and New Belgium, and finished the night with Stone Brewing Company’s Old Guardian Barley Wine (11.6% ABV). Wheeew, that was some serious beer, especially for a Sunday night.

So last night, I took it easy (at least when it came to the beer!), hitting up Hog & Hominy in East Memphis for Abita Beer’s firkin night featuring a cask-conditioned Jockamo IPA.

Abita Jockamo IPA

Jockamo, one of my favorite IPAs out there, is hopped and dry hopped with Willamette and Columbus hops. It’s brewed with pale, red and caramel malts, and is a fairly well balanced IPA, clocking in a 6.5% ABV.

The nice thing about the cask-conditioned version? It’s very mellow. Plenty of nose and hop flavor, but it’s a really easy drinking ale. It paired very well with the spicy, indulgent, Southern-inspired fare at Hog & Hominy.

And it’s not too late to get in on the Abita firkin action. Abita is having cask nights every night this week. Here’s the schedule:

Tuesday (today): Vanilla Double Dog at Flying Saucer Downtown, 7 p.m.
Wednesday: Restoration Pale Ale at Sweet Grass, 6 p.m.
Thursday: Zach’s Special Bitter at Aldo’s Pizza Pies, 6 p.m.
Friday: Juniper Pale Ale at Young Avenue Deli, 6 p.m.

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Louisiana’s Abita Brewing Company to begin canning beer in 2012

July 26, 2011 By: mike Category: Beer in the news, Breweries, Craft beer, History of beer

Abita Beer cans

The first cans of beer sold in the United States hit shelves in 1935, with the introduction of Krueger’s Cream Ale and Krueger’s Finest Beer in convenient steel cans.

Canning technology has vastly improved over the years, but only recently has the craft beer industry really embraced cans. In 2010, the year that marked the 75th anniversary of beer in cans, about 80 U.S. craft breweries were canning at least one of their beers, according to CraftBeer.com. Of those breweries, about 20 started canning in 2010.

The year 2012 will mark the addition of Louisiana’s Abita Brewing Company – the nation’s 15th largest craft brewer – to those ranks.

Abita announced Monday that it plans to begin canning three of its flagship beers: Amber, Jockamo I.P.A. and Purple Haze.

The canning technology is something that we’ve been researching and investigating for a long time. We feel confident that today’s cans are a quality solution that will preserve and protect the flavor of Abita,” Abita Brewing Company President David Blossman said. “For many years people associated craft beer with glass bottles only, but the perception and the technology of the aluminum beverage can has really changed.” [source]

Abita’s cans, according to a press release, will be coated with a special water-based lining that will insulate the beer from the can’s interior surface.

Abita will sell its cans in six- and 12-packs, which should hit shelves in early 2012. The canning operation will be based at Abita’s brewery in Abita Springs.

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