The Rites of Spring in South Louisiana

Abita Strawberry thek9harperlee (2)

It is officially spring and I have welcomed the season in true South Louisiana style. Last weekend I enjoyed my first Abita Strawberry Harvest lager and my first boiled crawfish of the year. Yum!

Abita Strawberry thek9harperlee

The Abita Brewing Company was founded in 1986 and it’s located about an hour from where I live. They make a lot of different “brews” (I guess that’s beer talk for “kinds of beer”), but my personal favorite is the Strawberry Harvest. It’s only available for a limited time because it’s made with real Louisiana strawberry juice, which is added after the filtration process. The best strawberries you’ll ever eat are grown right in the area of Louisiana where Abita beer is brewed. How serendipitous! (Now, I feel obligated to offer this little point of truth: I am not a big fan of strawberries–unless, of course, they are in beer. I am really more of a banana and apple girl; but, my humans tell me that Louisiana strawberries are really, really good, so I guess we’ll just all have to trust them on that.)

 The nice people at Abita describe their Strawberry Harvest as

a crisp lager with a sweet strawberry flavor, aroma and haze. It is wonderful with desserts or lighter fare such as salads and pastas. Fresh cheeses such as Burrata, chèvre, Crescenza, mozzarella or Teleme pair well with Strawberry Harvest.

Sounds pretty fancy for a beer, huh? So even I know better than to drink it with crawfish. No . . . I save the Abita Strawberry Harvest for after a hard day of spring gardening with my human mommy. It’s just the right refreshing treat to enjoy as you relax at the end of a hard day of weeding, pruning, planting, mulching, or whatever else she does while I sit loyally by her side and watch. All I know is that as soon as the gardening tools are put away, the Abita Strawberry Harvest comes out and I get a little taste. Just one of the beautiful things about spring in South Louisiana.

Crawfish 1 thek9harperlee

Which brings me to my next beautiful thing about spring in South Louisiana: boiled crawfish. Much like the Abita Strawberry Harvest beer, crawfish are only available for a limited time, so humans in South Louisiana eat them every chance they get. Now, I know what some of you are thinking: gross . . . mudbugs . . . crayfish . . . gross. But, really, until you’ve had crawfish boiled spicy in South Louisiana with corn and new potatoes–and, of course, ice-cold beer–you have not lived. There are a few things that humans must keep in mind when eating crawfish:

  • Do not wear your best clothes. Crawfish guts will somehow manage to get on your clothes and, no matter what detergent you use, crawfish guts do not wash out easily.
  • No matter how many paper towels you have on hand, you will need more. This is not a neat treat to eat.
  • Above all, if you are eating crawfish at home, it is vitally important to plan your consumption for a day that is as close to your trash collection day as possible. There are few things that stink as much as crawfish shells and stuff that have sat too long in a trash can. I am a dog, and even I am repulsed by that smell.

Crawfish 2 thek9harperlee

So, even though for many of you spring my seem like a distant dream with all of the crazy non-spring-like weather, and for others who live below the equator you still have your winter to endure before spring appears, I wish you a beautiful and tasty spring from South Louisiana. Bon appetite, and let the “springtimes” roll!


17 Comments on “The Rites of Spring in South Louisiana”

  1. Maryanne says:

    YUM — from the beer to the crawfish to the potatoes, I’m so there! I love micro brews as well as hearty beers, especially those fermented with fruit such as the lambics (which most people don’t even believe it’s beer, thinking it’s champagne or a wine cooler). Last night I had a black and tan, but we have several other types in the fridge.

    And you look so cute in that bottom picture — I just want to give you a big kiss!!

  2. Happy spring to you! We’re going into autumn but it doesn’t feel like it at all. Sun shining, beautiful warm weather – just perfect (oh, except for a lack of crawfish. I haven’t even heard of that before)

  3. finnhoward says:

    YUM! When can we come for a visit?

  4. Gaye says:

    We will have crawfish tomorrow thanks to you!

  5. dailyspro says:

    YUM! I’ve had this strawberry beer before, but never have gone to a crayfish boil. It sounds yummy. One more thing to add to the ole bucket list 🙂

  6. wilco2012 says:

    You’re very lucky spring has arrived where you live. It’s still winter here or at least it still feels like it at -7C and lots of snow on the ground. My Mom and Dad would love to sit out on the deck and try that beer – they love beer. I would love to try crawfish but I’m not so sure about the beer.

    • Sprig will reach you eventually. We have to enjoy spring here because by mid-summer we have temps and humidity in the 80s and 90s. Miserable, especially when you have your own fur coat!

  7. Sage says:

    Double yum! And a happy spring to you too!

  8. tylersat99 says:

    We have been to south Louisiana, and New Orleans 4 time and really love it there. Nothing like Ohio, lol. Sorry to say I have not developed a taste for crawfish. I know, I’m sorry!
    You really do have Spring, leaves on trees, short sleeves, flowers. – really beautiful. I hope we get one this year!?

    • It’s ok if you don’t like crawfish; there are plenty of other really good things to eat here! We are having an unusually pretty spring here. I’m sure it will find you soon. Have a great week!

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