Dixie Lager is an American icon. Brewed all-naturally today as it was first brewed in 1907, Dixie Lager uses lightly roasted two-row barley malts and rice. The result is a crisp and flavorful beer with a mild Cascade hop finish. A century of New Orleans' brewing tradition lives today in every bottle and keg of Dixie Lager.
I may have missed the Boat on Mardi Gras, but I am taking a little trip to New Orleans none the less. I hear its a great town anytime of the Year, with amazing food, bars and Music. So with suitcase packed and $$$ in my pocket I am heading to the Deep South of the good old US of A
Unfortunately the production budget doesn't quite stretch all the way across the Pond, so a bottle or two of the local beer and a playlist of classic "Nor Lans" songs on repeat is as close as I can get, but a visit to this party Town is on my ever expanding Bucket List
The Dixie Brewing Company was founded in 1907 (Happy 110th Birthday) by Valentine Merz in New Orleans, it survived Prohibition and brewed on a sight in Mid New Orleans until 2005. After a battle with Bankruptcy in 1989, the brewery emerged 3 years later with a refreshed line of Beer and worked to get back to its previous status.
Hurricane Katrina hit the city in 2005 and badly damaged the Brewery. A lot of the equipment was taken during looting in the aftermath of the Disaster. Although the company pledged to rebuild the brewery and continue production in the city, this has yet to happen. At present this beer is contract brewed in a number of other locations and the Original Brewery has been abandoned.
so History lesson over, it's time to drin! Dixie Beer pours weak lager yellow with a slight foamy head. It is pale on the nose with an aroma in line with many other American Lagers, non offensive but not rich in hops and flavour.Ice cold and crisp, it plays well on the palate and has a decent balance. This Beer is very light in comparison to other craft beers I have been trying. It is brewed in the style of many American Lagers and I found it a little weak when compared, possibly unfairly, to the Irish Craft Ales and IPA's. It is what you would expect from a 100 year old American Institution.
A Lager that I cant help would be exceptional in the New Orleans sunshine, sipped slowly on Bourbon Street watching throngs of Bead Clad Ladies.
I picked up my stash of Dixie Beer in the Gap Wines Store in Carrickfergus.
It comes in 330m bottles with a 4.5% ABV
Dixie Beer is brewed in the UK through Pierhead Drinks