Abita Brewing Company, L.L.C.
Abita Springs is located about 30 miles north of New Orleans. In the town’s quiet setting you will find the 21st-largest craft brewery in America, the Abita Brewery. The company brews every beer with artesian water from springs located in the area. Abita opened its doors in 1986, well before the modern craft-brewing boom, and has been providing quality craft beer and good times for its loyal customers ever since.
The Abita Brewery is the oldest and largest craft brewer in the southeastern U.S. Each Abita beer pairs well with Louisiana’s seasons, our hot and humid summers followed by football season, which leads right into Louisiana’s spring crawfish and festival season. Abita beer is a staple in many Louisiana recipes and has become a favorite of chefs and eaters alike.
Abita Amber, Turbodog and Purple Haze make up three of the company’s flagship brands. Purple Haze, a lager with raspberries added after filtration, has been recognized as one of the healthiest craft beers by Men’s Health magazine. Another favorite is Abita Andygator, a German-style helles doppelbock that packs a punch at eight percent alcohol by volume. The beer has a malty backbone with a flavor that is as distinctive as Louisiana cuisine. The Restoration Pale Ale (no longer in production) was released following Hurricanes Katrina and Rita, which ravaged south Louisiana in 2005. Proceeds from each six pack purchased were donated to the Louisiana Disaster Recovery Foundation, raising more than $550,000 for hurricane relief.
Abita also has an eye on the environment, being the first and only brewery to utilize our EquiTherm system. This self-sustaining system allows Abita to capture heat from its brewing machinery, recycling it and heating up water efficiently, without the use of biofuels.
Tours of the brewery are available and are a highlight of visitors' trips to the Northshore (Covington and Mandeville area). The first leg of the tour goes through the mezzanine to learn about the ingredients and the brewing process, while giving visitors an opportunity to peer into the top of the brewing system. The tour makes its way through the forest of stainless steel fermentation tanks that tower overhead like giant cypress trees in the swamps. Tours take place every half hour on Wednesday and Thursday from 2 to 3 p.m., Fridays from 1 to 3 p.m., Saturdays from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Sundays from 1 to 3 p.m. Self-guided tours are available six days a week from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Sundays, Wednesdays and Thursdays, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mondays and Tuesdays, and 10 a.m. to noon on Fridays. The visitor center with gift shop and tap room is open seven days a week from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. from Sunday to Thursday, and 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays. You can purchase Abita swag and check out their state-of-the-art growler filler to take your beer on the go!
Not far from the brewery, the Abita Brew Pub, the location of the brand’s original brewery, is a popular spot for locals and visitors alike. This full-service restaurant offers the line of Abita beers and root beer at the tasting bar. Customers can purchase six packs or half-gallon containers to go.
Pride is a common theme in Louisiana, and Abita prides itself on quality, not quantity. Only the freshest ingredients are included in each beer. David Blossman, president of Abita Brewing, takes particular pride in the brewery’s use of local ingredients in beers, such as the Abita Strawberry and Abita Pecan. So while in Louisiana, drink like a local. Check out Abita products anywhere in the Pelican State.