Abita Strawberry Harvest Lager
Strawberry Harvest is a wheat beer made with real Ponchatoula strawberries. Some liken it to Purple Haze but with strawberries instead of raspberries. This lager is crisp and light with a subtle hint of fresh strawberries. Yet it's not a sweet beer. Sure, more girls than guys probably like it, but this is not Abita's version of Zima.
If you like your beer with a snack, the brewery suggests pairing it fresh cheeses like Burrata, chevre, Creszenza, mozzarella or Teleme. All we really need is a bottle opener.
Abita Brewing Company introduced its seasonal Strawberry Harvest in 2006 at the Ponchatoula Strawberry Festival. Every year since then, the Strawberry Harvest has grown in popularity, gaining an almost cult-like status. According to The Times-Picayune, the brewery will make 87,000 cases this year, up from 79,000 cases in 2009. That may sound like a lot, but it goes fast.
We were lucky enough to get our hands on a couple of six packs at H-E-B on Buffalo Speedway. When we visited, there were about ten palates of this Louisiana favorite for about $8 per six-pack. Less than a week later, there were only ten six-packs left. The wine manager had ordered more but didn't know if he would actually get it.
The story was no different at Spec's on Smith Street. They had been out for three weeks when we visited and didn't know if or when they would get more. So, if you find Abita's Strawberry Harvest, grab it, because once it's gone, it's gone until next year.