The Best Beer for Mardi Gras

Anchor California Lager & Cajun Dirty Rice
Anchor California Lager & Cajun Dirty Rice
We didn't forget about the beer lovers out there! Mardi-Gras is a great time to pair your favorite brews with flavors from the bayou. Amplify spicy Cajun and Creole flavors with an intensely hopped IPA or cleanse your palate with a refreshing Lager - the choice is yours.

  • Anchor California Lager is incredibly smooth and refreshing, it offers a nice contrast to the heat of Cajun Dirty Rice.
  • Berkshire IPA is a classic, British-inspired IPA. It has a well rounded malt profile that supports a generous dry hopping. Its floral and citrus qualities make it an excellent match for a zesty Jambalaya.
  • Brasserie Dupont Saison is a classic Belgian Farmhouse Ale that has a refreshing fruitiness balanced by a long, dry finish. This Saison pairs beautifully with the spicy cayenne flavors in Shrimp Etouffee.
  • Two Roads Route of All Evil Black Ale is a hefty, full-bodied Ale. Mocha, molasses, and dark fruit flavors complement piney, citrusy hop notes making it the perfect brew to accompany a hearty Sausage and Vegetable Gumbo.
  • Abita Purple Haze is a crisp lager with raspberry puree added after filtration. This ultra satisfying beer can be enjoyed solo or paired with chocolate desserts. Its fruity aromas and tartly sweet taste will entice and excite your palate.

As they say in the Big Easy, "Laissez les bon temps roulez!" (Let the good times roll!)

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Tank February 25, 2014 at 01:07 PM
Abita makes the most sense since it is a beer from Louisiana. I mean, wouldn't you recommend a Mexican beer for Cinco de Mayo? Or maybe some He'Brew for the Jewish holidays?
Doug February 25, 2014 at 07:50 PM
I would, but Ancona's wouldn't with 4 out of the 5 beers not even being from the South. Heck two of them are from our backyard.
Ann_B February 25, 2014 at 08:43 PM
"Laissez les bon temps roulez!". It should instead be "rouler", the infinitive form because it's the second verb in the phrase.
Jaimie Cura February 26, 2014 at 03:49 PM
I've got some new beers to try now - thanks for posting! I've had the Two Roads brew before, and the Abita too! But I hadn't heard of Brasserie Dupont before - always good to learn about a new brewery!
Jaimie Cura February 26, 2014 at 03:50 PM
Doug and Jason, would love to see your "best beer" lists too, for Mardi Gras or just in general! Feel free to post 'em here -- http://ridgefield.patch.com/blogs/new


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