I did not know this, but the Dixie Brewing Company does not actually exist as a location anymore. It was shut down after Katrina but never rebuilt itself as an actual brewery. However, the name still exists and the brand is contracted out, so they are brewing beer under the name, but at other locations (such as the Joseph Hube Brewing Company in Wisconsin). That’s sad because I really enjoyed their Blackened Voodoo Lager and I like to support craft breweries. I hope that someday they’re able to re-open their location in New Orleans, but until then, we’ll take in brews like their Slow Brewed Beer, from other locations.
Dixie Slow Brewed Beer,
American Lager, 4.5 % ABV
Aroma: Grassy hops, faint malts.
Appearance: Pours faint yellow, with a large head that quickly dissipates into almost nothing, completely translucent.
Flavor: Nothing too heavy, a balance of malt and hops with a more dominant hop profile, and then a faint hint of malt sweetness on the finish with a dash of citrus hops bittnerness. Tastes like the corn/grain mass market beers.
Mouthfeel: Incredibly light, decent carbonation.
Overall: For the style, it fits perfectly. It’s drinkable and light, easily a session beer. However, I like more flavor in my beer and the lack of malt profile and the domination of grain flavor makes this a beer I wouldn’t drink again. For someone who wants a craft Bud or PBR clone, then this is your beer. For me, not so much.
I’ve never been to New Orleans, but it’s on my list of places to visit for a number of reasons. High on that list is food and drink. I’ve never had a beer from Louisiana before, but like many people, I was caught up in the post-Katrina love for New Orleans and I’m happy to support anything from that community. So, I was in the search for some beer recently and came across a dark lager from the Dixie Brewing Company in New Orleans. I love a flavorful lager and this one seemed quite promising. So here it goes.
Aroma: Crisp scent of sweet, deep malts and faint hop notes.
Appearance: Nice dark amber, very small head.
Flavor: Caramel malts, toasty finish with very light hoppy bitterness.
Mouthfeel: Medium,very smooth. Low, but nice carbonation, I was surprised by how nicely it coated my mouth and how smooth its texture was.
Overall: This is a great lager. Just enough flavor and complexity, surprising for a 5.0% beer. Terrific session beer.