Match Set: Abita Alcoholic Root Beer & Ford Soda Truck

An adult twist on a New Orleans staple, plus a rig to haul the goods.

Abita/Hyman Ltd.

Abita Brewing is a New Orleans staple. The north shore company has been in the craft business for more than two decades, finally getting some mainstream love in when Stuff Magazine anointed Abita’s Turbodog Ale the best beer in America. Quality suds, but the real star of the Abita portfolio is the soda, made with real Louisiana sugarcane in place of corn syrup. Now, Abita has released an alcoholic version of its root beer, dubbed Bootlegger Hard Root Beer.

Abita’s new drink set to hits Louisiana stores this week, and shelves nationwide early next year. Of course, you’ll want to stock up. Best method? Buy this 1936 Ford Model 51 soda truck. It’s got the heart of a bootlegger, a proper Ford flathead V-8, plus a 10,000-pound payload capacity. It’ll hold 160 cases (see: 3,840 bottles). In full Coca-Cola livery, nobody will guess you’re actually hauling the devil’s drink.