Perhaps Turbodog pairs so well with food because it hails from just outside the greatest food city in America, New Orleans, in a little town called Abita Springs. Abita is not an exceptionally old brewery, however. It was founded in 1986, around the time many other craft brewers were springing up across America. Though it's still a relatively small operation, pumping out less than 100 thousand barrels-per-year, Abita has been completely embraced by the people of Louisiana. You'll find Abita beers everywhere in New Orleans and the surrounding area. Most Cajun restaurants here carry Turbodog as well. (It kind of makes you wonder why Florida's bars haven't yet fully embraced some of our local brews.)
Turbodog pours a rich, shimmering black with little head and light carbonation. Most people instantly connect any beer that's dark with stouts like Guinness. But Turbodog couldn't be more different from the Irish strength syrup. This is a dark beer that drinks like a light ale. It's chocolatey thanks to the addition of chocolate malt, but it's not heavy. It also has some fig and banana flavors to balance out the richness. Though not an exceptionally hoppy beer, Turbodog has enough bitter finish to keep it from getting too sweet.
Where can you get it? Lucky for us, Abita Turbodog has started to spread all across South Florida, and can now be picked up at just about any supermarket or liquor store. In fact, it's the easiest Abita brew to find, with the possible exception of Purple Haze (a raspberry wheat ale that even manly men will enjoy). So drink it if you got it, friends. And don't forget to pick up some food to go with.
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