Happy Mardi Gras, everyone! If you can’t head down to New Orleans to watch the parades and party in the French Quarter, grab a few festive brews that are sure to get you in the carnival spirit.
Whether you’re hosting an event or joining a friend’s Fat Tuesday bash, these beverages will set the tone – and complement a slice of King Cake (or two!). The traditional Mardi Gras colors are purple, green and gold, and we’ve carried this tradition into our beverage choosing, ensuring your spread is as fit for celebrating as it is sipping.
Abita Brewing Company is a Louisiana favorite, located just 30 miles north of N’awlins, so serving any Abita brew will make your Mardi Gras gathering more authentic. To complement colorful beads and décor, Abita offers two delicious beers in vibrant purple packaging: Enjoy the tartly sweet taste of Abita’s raspberry infused beer, Purple Haze, and its bold-flavored American IPA, Jockamo IPA.
Additionally, Abita’s Andygator brings green to the table with a nod to the Mardi Gras epicenter, Louisiana, by featuring a swampland alligator on the bottle. Enjoy Andygator’s mildly sweet flavor and dry finish – and don’t worry, this gator doesn’t bite except with a delicious aftertaste. A high-gravity brew, Andygator packs a punch and pairs well with many preferred Mardi Gras party dishes: fried foods, creamy cheeses and anything made with crawfish!
Round out the color triad with the golden hue of Depot Street Brewing’s Eurail Gold. This German-style Kolsch golden ale refreshes with hints of caramel and toffee interlaced with faint fruity notes that pair well with seafood dishes – perfect for a Mardi Gras spread of Cajun fare like seafood gumbo and jambalaya.
Finally, in keeping with the French roots of Mardi Gras, we suggest trying Brasseries Kronenbourg’s Blanc Witbier and 1664 Lager. Brewed in France, both beers deliver authentic taste to properly celebrate the holiday. Blanc Witbier’s tangy citrus notes and smooth lemon flavors are an ideal blend, while 1664 Lager features a perfect combination of premium hops, malty notes and delicate bitterness. These classic brews are party staples to suit any Mardi Gras-reveler’s taste.
Keep these brews in hand and on hand for a festive and flavorful Mardi Gras celebration. Drink responsibly, and laissez les bons temps rouler – let the good times roll!