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GoNOLA Instagram Pick of the Week: Abita Strawberry Beer

Abita Strawberry Harvest Lager is a springtime tradition in New Orleans, paired perfectly with crawfish and other seasonal New Orleans foods.

Spring in New Orleans offers a variety of seasonal culinary delights. There’s crawfish, of course, and snoballs. Jazz Fest brings us delicious treats that New Orleanians look forward to all year long, like crawfish bread and mango freeze. Many of these foods are especially savored this time of year, as they can only be found during the spring. Regionally brewed Abita Strawberry beer is another one of these delectable concoctions.

Brewed in Abita Springs on the north shore of Lake Pontchartrain, Abita Strawberry is a favorite beer among New Orleanians. Some locals even find Abita Strawberry Harvest Lager to be so delicious they actually buy enough of this seasonal brew to stock up for months to come. During the brew process, the team at Abita adds real Louisiana strawberry juice, which creates a crisp lager with the sweetness of fresh strawberries. It pairs perfectly with seasonal foods like salads and crawfish pasta. That’s why this week’s GoNOLA Instagram Pick of the Week is of this favorite seasonal beverage. This picture is by @emilylynn08.

Abita Strawberry Beer is the perfect springtime companion, whether it’s at a crawfish boil, at Jazz Fest, or tubing down the Bogue Chitto River. Now is the perfect time to discover Abita Strawberry if you haven’t already, as 2014 marks the first year that the brew is available both in bottles and on tap at local bars. Until now, you could only get it on draft during the Ponchatoula Strawberry Festival, but now it’s offered on draft at many locations throughout South Louisiana, and the bottled variety is available at most local grocery stores.

Cheers to springtime in New Orleans!

Mallory Whitfield has been blogging at since 2006, sharing her favorite biz tips and cool stuff. She is one of the founding members of the New Orleans Craft Mafia, a collective of indie craft artists created in 2005. In 2014, Mallory graduated from the New Orleans Drag Workshop with top honors; you can sometimes find her performing around town and on YouTube as her alter ego, Glamdromeda Strange. During Mardi Gras, you can usually find her parading with Noisician Coalition in Muses or with The 501st Legion in Tucks.

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