Ultimate 6er | Fat Tuesday VooDoo Edition
Feature Image: From Sheffield’s Beer and Wine Garden, Chicago
For Roman Catholics, Ash Wednesday and Lent are right around the corner, which means Tuesday is the last day to indulge. For everyone else, Fat Tuesday is an excuse to experience new heights of debauchery, notably if you find yourself in New Orleans with all sorts of beads and cash. Indeed, the carefree nature found in New Orleans is the result of centuries of cultural homogenization. Yes, like a societal jambalaya, there’s a true mixing of cultures from almost every continent. It gave birth to modern hot jazz, and it found a way to mix all sorts of spirituality, including a wide acceptance of Voodoo. So, on this Fat Tuesday, let us celebrate the beer that celebrates the spirits that guide people through one last day of no-rules-fun — welcome to the Voodoo beer sixer!
Voodoo Brewery | Imperial Breakfast Stout
Fat Tuesday is only one day, so start it off right with a strong (imperial) breakfast stout from Voodoo Brewery. The brewery notes, “IBS is our imperialized version of our Breakfast of Champions aged 20 months in Woodford Reserve bourbon barrels. Brewed with copious amounts of dark and roasted malts, this is liquid breakfast in your mug- we used an insane amount of locally roasted coffee, Ghanaian cocoa nibs, and local maple syrup rounded by oak and packing a bourbon punch to deliver a beer fitting to start your day off with. You can’t drink all day if you don’t start in the morning, right?”
This is not a beer that’s easy to obtain, so you’ll need to trade a few beads for this one.
New Belgium Brewing | Voodoo Ranger
ABV 7% | IBU 50
New Belgium describes the medium-bodied beer as “Light golden, bright with a little particulate, medium-thin white foam.” The beer presents “Pine and citrus in the fore; the citrus comprised of orange and grapefruit. Tropical fruit with lesser grassy and floral geraniol. Faint toasted bread malt note.” And the flavor is “Lightly sweet at first with a stronger, building and perfect bitterness.” See the following video and have a few laughs.
Left Coast Brewing | Voo Doo American Stout
ABV 8% | IBU 37.8
Left Coast Brewery describes the beer, “Voo Doo is a full bodied, dark brew that is rich and malty with plenty of roasted barley character. This hearty stout is layered with flavors of roasted barley, chocolate, and coffee coming from the highest quality imported malts. Its creamy long lasting head completes the brew, tempting your taste buds to be spellbound.”
Rogue Ales & Spirits | Voodoo Doughnut Mango Astronaut Ale
ABV 5.3% | IBU 20
Rogue describe it as, “The Collision of Crazies continues by combining the two best inventions on planet earth: beer and doughnuts. This ale was inspired by the Voodoo Mango Tango doughnut and handcrafted at the Rogue Ales Brewery in Newport, Oregon, by Brewmaster John Maier.”
Atwater Beer | Voodoo Vater
ABV 9.0% IBU 25
A dopplebock from Detroit is described by Atwater, “VooDoo Vator Dopplebock tempers the sweetness of caramel malt with the crisp, more nutty flavor of Munich malt. Despite the depth of color, burnt flavors are not present. Traditional extended lagering makes the VooDoo Vator deceptively smooth though high in alcohol. Be warned.
A stronger, darker version of the Bocks of Germany, dopplebocks were designed in monasteries for sustenance during fasting. Rich, intensely malty and lightly hopped, these strong lagers require extended conditioning to dissipate the acidity associated with strong ales.”
Triple Voodoo Brewing | Radio Hop IPA
ABV 6.9% | IBU 54
San Francisco, like New Orleans, involves a hodgepodge of cultures – a celebration of cultural diversity. So, why not have a hoppy beer comprised of a hodgepodge of hops? The brewery explains, “This is our new Radio Hop IPA dry hopped with Simcoe, Citra, Centennial, Equinox, Magnum hops.” But, watch the video for more, better information.
And, of course, don’t forget to supplement your Mardi Gras party cooler that’s full of voodoo beer with a 6-pack of Abita Mardi Gras Bock.
Have fun on Fat Tuesday. As always, drink responsibly.