A short drive from Baton Rouge, Abita Brewing Company is one of Louisiana’s top breweries and definitely worth checking out!! Continue reading for more details.
Founded in 1986, the Abita Brewing Company is located in Covington Louisiana.
In its first year, the brewery produced 1,500 barrels of beer. Customers loved it so much that they outgrew the original site in 1994 and moved up the road to a larger facility to keep up with demand.
Now brewing over 151,000 barrels of beer and 9,100 barrels of root beer in their state-of-the-art brewing facility. Their lagers and ales are brewed in small batches and hand-crafted by their team.
Abita is privately owned and operated by local shareholders, many who have been with us since day one and take pride in their work.
You can learn all about the Abita brewing process, beer, and some history by experiencing a tour.
Guided tours last about 30 minutes and include four 4 ounce tastings of various beers on tap. Tours are $5 and are family-friendly (under 21 is free) and handicap accessible. Closed-toe shoes are required to tour the brew house. Reservations can be made online but be sure to get there early to check out the scenery.
Self-guided tours are free and include access to the mezzanine level that overlooks the brew house tanks. Inside the brewery, you can watch videos about the brewing process from a touchscreen device. Self-guided tours do not include beer samples, but you can purchase a pint in the Tap Room after exploring the brewery. Self-guided tours are available when a guided tour is not scheduled. Refer to the website for more details.
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Welcome to Abita Brewing Company.
After parking, we ventured inside for a look around, planning to catch the next tour.
After spending a little time at the Tap House, the next tour was about to begin.
First thing you need to know, is what ingredients are required to produce beer. Of course I’m not going to tell you, get off the couch and take the tour.
Above are the vats used to store the brew during the fermentation process. Each brew is slightly different and can require a different length of time to be ready for the shelf.
The tour was short but decent. For someone like me who loves to know all the details of the process, it was slightly vague but then again Abita can’t spill all of its secrets. Otherwise the competition may actually have a chance.
Nothing like tasting the brews on tap after learning a little about the history of the company and the brewing process.
Now tell me why you wouldn’t do this?