Abita Brew Pub
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Reviews by kensuthe:
3.05/5 rDev -22%
Atmosphere - The Abita Brewery and the Abita Brew Pub are actually in two different locations, but are both close to each other in rural Abita Springs, LA. That's outside of Covington, LA. And that's a trip east out of Baton Rouge along I-12 and north out of New Orleans and Metairie over the Lake Pontchatrain Causeway. Needless to say, there is a rural southern atmosphere in Abita Springs, but it's not as if you'll need to drive far out into the country to get to the Brewery or the Brew Pub. The Brew Pub is actually located in the old Abita Brewery, where the beer was made before they moved to newer facilities. There is a lot of cypress worked into the façade, and there is a general wood and windows theme to the décor. The Brew Pub overlooks some hiking and biking trails, and is close to a railroad line. The Brew Pub is a restaurant that happens to serve Abita beer, and the Brewery is a brewery that happens to brew Abita beer. So if you're interested in Abita beer, you should head to Abita Springs.
Quality - The quality of the beer on tap at the Brew Pub is good, and at least they have the correct glassware for their own beers. You can even purchase glasses, t-shirts, other merchandise, and growlers to go, but I don't think that the growlers have any specific logos silk screened onto them similar to what Rogue does. The quality of the beer at the tasting stations on the tour in the brewery is also good, but you'd really hope that it would be. If not here, then where?
Service - The service in the Brew Pub is good for a little rustic restaurant, but it's probably not up to what you'd want your premier location bar for your own brewery to be. The serving staff does know most of what's available, and the food and beer are brought in a reasonable amount of time, but it seems like it can take longer than necessary for a building of its size. You'd hope that at least the bartenders, if not the waitresses too, would be knowledgeable about the inner workings of each of the Abita products offered in the Brew Pub. But, unfortunately, you'd have to go to the Brewery to learn that information.
Selection - The draft selection at the Brew Pub comes in at around a dozen brews on tap, mostly Abita brews with one or two guest beers (Rogue Dead Guy Ale was on tap when we last visited) that change from time to time. I don't remember if they offered bottles in the Brew Pub, but you could order growlers to go. What was most disappointing was that their own Abita Seasonal was not even available in their own Brew Pub (it should have been the Red Ale at the time). It was also a major disappointment that their own website lists Abita Blue, Chocolate Stout, Nitro Pale Ale, unfiltered Hefe-Weizen, and unfiltered Cask-Conditioned Brown Ale, and yet our server said that none of those beers had been offered for several years. All of the Abita products available on tap were readily available at most local grocery stores and in many local bars and restaurants. You can sample most of the current Abita options at the Brewery on the tour, but everything is served in plastic cups even if the style calls for something else. Why did we drive all the way out here, again?
Food - The food at the Brew Pub is good and seems to be prepared well, with American and Southeast Louisiana offerings available on the menu, but it is also rather pricey. In addition to that, Abita beer is not used in almost any dishes on the menu and there aren't any suggested beer pairings for the dishes on the menu. The Brewery doesn't offer food, which is to be expected.
Value - The food at the Brew Pub is a bit pricier than you would expect to pay for similar fare at other restaurants in the region. The beer is priced reasonably, but you'd hope that it would be a good deal since you had to drive all the way out here to try and buy the same things you could get in whatever location you're coming from. The tour of the Brewery is a good value at free, but it does not last long enough to justify a road trip out here on its own. All in all, it was something of a disappointment.
04-01-2008 22:25:29 | More by kensuthe
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4.68/5 rDev +19.7%
Have been here three times and it never disappoints. Great selection of beer, including some guest taps. Food is incredible, always get a burger or some kind. I was able to buy beer in package along with glasses/shirts up front. It is about 2 miles from the brewery, so I would suggest going before/after a Saturday tour. Very cool spot, the grocery store next door has tons of local LA brews for purchase as well.
08-06-2014 21:33:48 | More by MOVERTON1284
Abita Brew Pub in Abita Springs, LA
88 out of 100 based on 40 ratings.