Here in New York City, those of us who have lived in (or just plain love) New Orleans are on a constant hunt for any of the foods that brought us joy from that area. Oysters, beignets, crawfish, jambalaya, po'boys, and even daquiris are all well known sources of pride for anybody who has ever lived in the Crescent City, but there are two lesser known loves: beer (and by that I mean Abita) and strawberries, which once a year come together in a limited-edition Harvest Lager that Abita Brewing Company makes from freshly harvested Louisiana strawberries.
Last year it seemed impossible to track down the stuff here in New York—and the window is pretty short—but this year it seems to have popped up in decent numbers at a few places in the city. And unlike po'boys and jambalaya, which seem to get lost in translation when served in alot of New York restaurants, Abita Strawberry makes the journey perfectly intact.
Whole Foods Columbus Circle: 10 Columbus Circle, Time Warner Center; 212-823-9600 Whole Foods Chelsea: 250 Seventh Avenue (24th/25th streets); 212-924-5969 Whole Foods Union Square: 4 Union Square South (on 14th Street); 212-673-5388 Whole Foods Bowery: 95 East Houston; 212-420-1360
$9.99 for a 6 pack at all Whole Foods locations.
Mara's Homemade: 342 East 6th Street (First/Second avenues), Manhattan; 212-592-1110 NoNo Kitchen: 293 Seventh Avenue (7th/8th streets), Brooklyn; 718-369-8348