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I love this brewery! Abita Brewing Company was founded in 1986 and has been a steady favorite of brave southern beer drinkers. There is a special place in my heart for this brewery ""nestled in the piney woods 30 miles north of New Orleans."" While living on the Gulf Coast, I started beer hunting in 2001, and this was the first brewery tour I ever experienced. Despite the sweltering heat, strolling through their brewhouse and learning about zymurgy was a thrilling experience. Of course, the brewery tour is now much enhanced, with a marvelous new hospitality room. I last visited the brewery in 2013, and I am consistently impressed with their growth. Abita Springs water is renowned for its purity, and I'm sure this contributes to the quality of their beer. I am always thrilled to discover new creations from Abita. Their line-up includes Amber, hearty Bock, sweet AndyGator Doppelbock (8%), crisp Golden, hoppy Jockamo IPA, malty Red Ale, Fall Fest, Christmas Ale, and dark Turbodog. Abita also excels at crafting flavored beers such as Strawberry Lager, Satsuma Harvest, Pecan Harvest, and their famous raspberry Purple Haze.
The brewery has a huge new warehouse with a very nice visitor center. Park in their free gravel lot, and outside you'll see an enclosed bier-garden with black patio furniture. The architecture is New Orleans style, and the visitors center is ornate and cozy, with couches, tables, a bar, and a small gift shop. You will be invited to join the free tour, and given a plastic sampling cup. You are encouraged to walk behind their 10-chair wooden bar and pour your own samples from a wall of a dozen taps. The decor is classic with tile floors and ceilings, brick walls and nice woodwork. On the wall are a few televisions used to kick off the brewery tour with a 10 minute video. You'll enter the brewery floor amidst rows of twenty large 300 bbl stainless steel fermenters. This is an impressive sight, and is the 24th largest microbrewery in the US. The tour continues back to the brewhouse where you'll see the stainless steel brewing vessels. The tour is rather quick, but all the better to return to the tasting room. The service is very friendly, and the place has an open, inviting atmosphere. They do not serve food at the brewery, but their brewpub restaurant just up the road has excellent food. Abita is a must-visit brewery if you're in the New Orleans area!
reviewed on: 2011-12-11 22:32:21