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Turbo Dog

Abita Turbo Dog: Man’s Best Friend

4.14 average, 111 votes
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by Rob Lieblein
2008 November 3

Abita Turbo DogPicture yourself in the Big Easy. It’s a steaming, sultry, freggin’ hot July night, and college kids stagger out of Bourbon Street dives with Irish names to chuck up their happy hour hurricanes. But that’s not what brought you to N’Awlins. You, my friend, are safely inside the House of Blues with a big smile on your face, a belly full of oyster po’ boy, listening to Clarence “Gatemouth” Brown cranking out the “Gatemouth Boogie” on stage. And in your hand is a (second? fifth? ninth?) bottle of Abita Turbo Dog Ale.

This little-known (north of the Mason-Dixon line) beer was one of the most pleasant surprises of my ongoing worldwide beer conquest. Several years ago, I really was the person described above when I spent a week in New Orleans on business (hey, this was advertising!). I was sitting in a nameless, yet awesome, mom-and-pop type restaurant when I saw Turbo Dog listed on the beer menu. You know I couldn’t resist a beer with such a cool name. But that day I got much more than I bargained for along with my turtle soup and spicy red beans and rice—I quickly realized that Turbo Dog was the perfect complement to every Cajun Creole southern-fried spicy-assed rich dish the Big Easy could serve up. Although I tried several other beers during my stay, none were more loyal than my Dog.

Turbo Dog is not a light beer—it’s a little bit heavier than Bass, for example. Deep, rich brown in color, it has a smooth, smoky, chocolate-toffee finish to its flavor, and each bottle tastes better than the one before.

I recommend drinking Turbo Dog with some of the spicier dishes in the Belly—just look for anything that sounds Cajun (like “Cajun Shrimp”…duh) or spicy (“Belly Burning Buffalo Wings”). Turbo Dog is able to stand up to the richest, hottest dishes and still maintain its flavorful integrity. Most surprising, however, is that even though Turbo Dog is a richer, heavier beer, I could always find room for “one more” no matter how stuffed I was with good ‘ol southern cooking. Of course, after five days of eating and drinking at such a frenetic pace, I thought I’d have to check into a hospital. So perhaps it was Turbo Dog’s slightly higher alcohol content (yes, this dog bites!) that made me feel like a champion chugger. I also realized it made me smarter, funnier, stronger and a better dancer.

Turbo Dog is one of several beers brewed in Loozy-anna by the Abita Brewing Company, about 30 miles outside of New Orleans. Abita is a relatively small brewer, so it may be difficult to find in parts north. In fact, their distribution area used to be exclusively in the deep south.

(I once asked Belly Buddy Dave to bring me back a six-pack from his trip to New Orleans. As I recall, not all of the bottles were full when he returned.) However, Abita’s website indicates that New York has been added to the distribution area. So look around and be patient, because you don’t have to hop on a plane or be a gap-toothed slack-jawed shotgun-toting tobacco-chewing “squeal like a pig”-ordering yokel to enjoy this topnotch party blast brew.

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2008 December 10
Judgestone permalink

Best beer you can drink, and an outstanding review. Matter of fact, I am having one now. Needless to say, I just live not to far from Abita and have been drinking this fine brew for years. Even my wife, who hates beer, loves this beer.

2008 December 20
TurboDog permalink

TurboDog is the new name for an electronic music ensamble in Washington State. They are pumpin out sick dance beats for peeps to get down to. The beer fuckin rox too.

TurboDog: coming to a speak near you

2009 May 13

[...] a few favorites of ours from neighborhood states, like Shiner Bock from Texas and Louisiana’s Abita Turbo Dog. Additionally, just off Beale is the Flying Saucer Draught Emporium (130 Peabody Place). It is home [...]

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2009 November 22
mchugh33 permalink

I discovered abita amber and turbo dog when in NOLA in Oct 2009
My life hasnt been the same, altho I am living it w/o abita until I return someday…

JM

2010 March 13

[...]  Good with our homemade andouille in a carolina gold rice salad?  With fresh chickpeas?  With cold beer?  With lady creamer peas?  Probably too early for the latter.  Soon we’ll have the first [...]

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2010 November 20
South Sucks permalink

or be a gap-toothed slack-jawed shotgun-toting tobacco-chewing “squeal like a pig”-ordering yokel to enjoy this topnotch party blast brew.

I like this part, the people in charge in the south (the government and colleges and other institutions) Are so bucking racisist and evil. They all pretend to follow jesus too which makes it even funnier.

2011 October 2
Jocorobi permalink

I have Been drinking Turbo Dog since before they started bottling it. You could only get it on tap at a few local bars. I would always buy the 32 oz cup. Drink just one and you were trashed. It’s nice to hear others appreciate the bold flavor. I have tried many dark beers from all around and I’d rank Turbo Dog up there with the best.

2012 December 4

So happy Abita made its way north to Chicago. Dog is my new fav. Can’t wait to try the Amber.

2014 March 19
James permalink

Found it at Oklahoma Wine and Liquor in Broken Arrow Oklahoma. Really good beer, no bad after taste.

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