Abita Brew Pub
Taps: 17 / Bottles: 2
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: N
Ratings: 35 | Reviews: 28 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by kensuthe:
3.05/5 rDev -21.2%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 3 | food: 3 | $$$
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
More User Reviews:
4.38/5 rDev +13.2%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.25 | $$
Came to the pub after going to the tour at the brewery . The tour was nothing special in terms of the information but it is nice that they will allow you to try as many beers as you would like. With that being said it was nice to be able to go to the pub and get some lunch after drinking for a while. I had the cheeseburger. It was really good. I had a Strawator while there. It was very good and ended up filling the growler that I bought at the brewery with Strawator. The pub has a rather nice atmosphere and the service was good. I highly recommend stopping by if your in the area.
08-05-2013 03:03:22 | More by BlueMoon10
4.83/5 rDev +24.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5 | $$$
Went here right after we got done drinking some free beer and taking the pretty boring and somewhat uninformative tour over at the brewery just down the road as part of a bachelor party trip my buddy put together for me. The service here was friendly and fast. We happened to go here during craft beer week so we got to try their Abbey Ale on tap and get a free pint, which was nice. The Food here is fantastic. I tried a seafood po boy with Turbodog romelaude (sp?) sauce and it was absolutely delicious. If you go to Abita, I recommend you make this your lunch stop after the tour. Worth every penny.
05-15-2013 17:16:38 | More by ajtorres311
Abita Brew Pub in Abita Springs, LA
88 out of 100 based on 35 ratings.