Restoration AleMay 1, 2007
Available: AZ, CT, IL, IN, KY, LA, MD, MI, MO, MS, NC, NY, OH, PA, SC, TN, VA, WI
Hugely foamy cappuccino head and fine lace. Deep, refractive, gold-to-bronze color. Evocative aroma. Fresh beignets, orange-flower water, Ramos Fizz. Fresh flavors too: oranges and lemons. Smooth, engrossing, calming. Big, but easy.
- Michael Jackson
Light and flavorful golden ale worth seeking out. It’s a win-win: your money goes to a great cause and you get to drink a damn good beer. Huge, handsome head with a clean, candy-like nose leads to a bread-like earthy malt flavor. Paired with gumbo, oysters on the half shell, or even red beans and rice, the richness of the beer is uplifting, like a trip to New Orleans.
- Charles Finkel
This beer was created to raise funds for victims of Hurricane Katrina, most of them in New Orleans 30 miles to the south of Abita Springs and across Lake Pontchartrain. It’s easy to imagine drinking Restoration on the north side of the lake, walking along still bayous among oak trees and scented pines after an early evening rain. Refreshing from the start— fruits and spices in the aroma; perfumy pineyness — with a light, undemanding palate. A tad grainy and grassy, its hop flavor easily balancing moderate sweetness. Finishes with a lingering impression of pine.
- Stan Hieronymus
Author of Ultimate Beer, the Simon & Schuster Guide to Beer and numerous other works on drinks, Jackson has created legions of converts to fine beer.
Founder of Merchant du Vin and the Pike Brewing Co., Charles Finkel is a pioneer in the marketing of craft beers in America.
Editor at Realbeer.com, a professional journalist for 40 years and amateur brewer for 15, Hieronymus is the author of four beer books, including Brew Like a Monk.
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