Abita Brew Pub – Abita Springs, Louisiana

Abita Brew Pub – Abita Springs, Louisiana, Sunday, December 1, 2013, 3pm

Abita operates a charming brew pub in rural Abita Springs, Louisiana – home of friendly folks and tasty beer.

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At over 150,000 barrels in 2012, Abita was the 14th largest US craft brewer, but you’d never guess it from their humble brew pub. They outgrew this location’s brewing capacity back in 1994, but the production facility is not open to the public.

The crowd in the bar seemed mostly like locals. It’s only about an hour north of New Orleans, and on a Sunday in November, most people seemed interested in the football games on TV. They have several TVs hanging above the bar, which makes for a great place to catch a game with some local craft beer. They serve a full food menu that I did not inspect.

They had about a dozen beers available to taste, including some specialties only available at the brew pub. They offer 2 standard flights of 5 beers at 5 ounces each and I opted for the one that included the specialties.

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Andygator – their 2013 GABF Silver Medal winning dopplebock was sweet with some raisin flavors and a classic lager finish.

Their machiatto milk stout (Brew Pub only) was easily my favorite – it wonderfully blended strong espresso, sweet milk, and great chocolate notes.  It left me wanting a lot more. Their other Brew Pub only selection – French Connection farmhouse – was also a delicious beer – very floral and slightly tart with some light hops. The Chrismas ale was a hoppy brown, but I didn’t taste any spices. Restoration pale ale had lots of caramel sweetness and some delicious floral hops. Jockamo IPA was drier, more hoppy, with a bit of a pilsner-like finish.