Abita Brewing’s Andygator is a perennial favorite in the Pine Belt region. It's a beer that has had multiple iterations, but it settled into its current Helles Doppelbock mode after Hurricane Katrina. The first time I tasted this beer it was still an American-style barleywine, and the Abita Springs brewery was where Abita Brewing was headquartered. Helles means bright, and Doppelbock means two bocks, so imagine a pale version of Shiner Bock with twice the alcohol, and you'll have less than half the story.
This month’s Signature Sip selection is Sierra Nevada Celebration 2018. This beer is among the most eagerly anticipated annual offerings from Sierra Nevada: a fresh hop IPA (India Pale Ale) in classic West Coast style. The malt backbone is classic Sierra Nevada, with just enough richness and sweetness to float the hops along. The hops are, of course, the big star, and this beer offers up the three Big Cs: Chinook, Centennial and Cascade.