Written by   
Saturday, 25 June 2011 00:19

Locating the 32nd largest US commercial brewer and 16th largest craft brewer in a small Louisiana town of 2,500 residents, would seem most unlikely. But Abita Springs, Louisiana is home to the appropriately-named Abita Brewing


Company; located across Lake Pontchartrain about 30 miles north of New Orleans.

Founded in 1986 by corporate president David Blossman, the brewery has gone from a 1500-barrel production that first year to 90,000 barrels today. The distinctive brew features water obtained from the deep wells of Abita Springs. Abita has always been a reliable source of this pure spring water and the brewery is proud to declare that no preservatives, additives or stabilizers are used in the process; and that the ultimate product has been cold filtered providing a fresh crispy taste as evidenced by their loyal customers.

At the brewery you’ll find a tasting bar which makes available not only the popular Abita Bock, Light, Abita Amber, Wheat, Abita Golden, Red Ale, Restoration Ale and the famous Turbodog; named best beer made in America by Stuff Magazine in August, 2005. They also feature seasonal varieties, most of which, you can only sample at their Abita headquarters. Recent selections include unique flavors like, Cream Ale, Hefe Weizen, Doppelbock, Imperial Pilsner, and most recently Abita Jockamo; named for the famous Mardi Gras Indians who march each year in downtown New Orleans.

The Abita brewers distinguish themselves from major competition through use of three types of pale malt, crystal and chocolate malt as opposed to corn and rice used most often for economic reasons ignoring taste.

On site is the popular Brew Pub; a full-service restaurant featuring a beautiful cypress bar with slate top, beamed ceilings, wood floors, and cypress walls. While there be sure to visit the gift shop with a wide assortment of merchandise including Abita clothing, glassware, and other collectibles. The restaurant is open Tuesdays through Sunday from 11:00 a.m. until 10:00 p.m.

Surprisingly, the master brewers also produce a delicious root beer; flavored with raw Louisiana cane syrup rather than sugar or corn syrup. It’s quite popular both on the Northshore and in New Orleans. You owe it to yourself give it a try!

So, if you’re within a couple hours’ drive or perhaps visiting New Orleans, be sure to drive on up to Abita Springs and sample the product of this outstanding attraction in the beautiful piney forests of St. Tammany Parish, Louisiana.


Last Updated on Tuesday, 05 July 2011 16:25