Mardi Gras in New Orleans is the stuff of deep tradition. Catch a random parade, and there’s a chance someone stood right where you’re standing, watching the same parade, when Grover Cleveland was in the White House. The Krewe of Muses isn’t one of the oldest, but it is without a doubt one of the best. The all-female krewe burst onto the scene in 2001 and promptly changed the game – big, boisterous and beautiful, with a new level of energy and artistry.
It’s a crowd favorite across the city and definitely here at NOLA Brewing. So when it came time to make a Mardi Gras beer, who better to partner with than the ladies of Muses? Our Muses ale is offered during Carnival season with a portion of sales going to support the krewe’s philanthropy of choice. (In 2015, for example, it was Women With a Vision.)
Mardi Gras is a celebration for the masses, so we brewed Muses to be a beer for the masses. A Belgian-style ale, light on the palate with low bitterness, select American hops providing a mild citrus edge to the traditional Belgian yeast flavor and aroma. Notably, Muses is a full-flavored session beer (4.4% ABV) so it can be enjoyed all parade long, whether from the float or from the street.