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Abita Brew Pub

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Abita Brew PubAbita Brew Pub
BA SCORE
89
very good

42 Ratings
Ratings: 42
Reviews: 29
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 13.81%
Taps: 17
Bottles: 2
Cask: Y
Beer-to-Go: N
[ Bar, Eatery ]

72011 Holly St
Abita Springs, Louisiana, 70420-3608
United States
phone: (985) 892-5837

visit their websiteWebsite view map and get directionsMap 

Notes:
Located at the old Abita brewery, and they serve mostly Abita beers. However, they are not owned by Abita.

(Place added by: Todd on 04-04-2010)
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Reviews by kensuthe:
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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.

kensuthe, Apr 01, 2008
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4.83/5  rDev +23.5%

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.

ajtorres311, May 15, 2013
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4.18/5  rDev +6.9%

After doing the Abita Brewery tour (which was pretty lame. After a 30 DVD and a couple of beers we were guided by a girl who knew less about beer what she was talking about and more on how to do public speaking. I wanted to learn more about the Merlin and was guided to the guy ripping tickets at the front door, who was rad, but I would have liked to talked to a brewer or someone that actually knew what was going on. rant over...) We stoppped at the Brew Pub for a bite naturally. BBQ ribs braised with Turbo Dog hit the spot!

guityler83, Apr 29, 2013
Photo of shivtim
4.23/5  rDev +8.2%

Went here with some colleagues while visiting Stennis Space Center.

The immediate area around the restaurant is cute, with a huge gazebo which was lit up at night. There was also a bike trail running past. Inside is nice but non-descript. Fairly typical pub.

Selection is solid. Almost all Abita, but hey, that's what people come here for. Several on tap that I haven't seen in the Atlanta area, including a few seasonals.

My food was good. I had the blackened chicken. Nice amount of spice.

Our waitress was fantastic. We had a large group (12) and she didn't bat an eye about multiple people ordering beer samplers. She offered up food and beer recs. She even accurately split our checks for us.

shivtim, Oct 19, 2012
Photo of Yetiman420
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

On my tenth trip to Louisiana, I finally bit the bullet and made the one hour drive to/from Baton Rouge to cross Abita off my list of brewpubs/breweries visited.

This was my 207th brewery/brewpub visit and some could say it may not qualify as the brew pub is not owned by Abita and they do not brew anything on site. They do have an original brewing setup in the back corner for decor. I'm no appraisal expert, but it seems like $75k worth of SS brewing equipment could be better served in an actual brewery.

My visit was 5:00 on a Tuesday evening in mid March. A pleasant 78 degrees outside and I elected to sit inside at the bar to avoid a jovial group of smoking locals on the front patio.

Beers available...
Restoration
Amber
Purple Haze
Andygator
S.O.S.
Golden
Light
Turbodog
IPA
Abbey in 22 oz bomber
Select beer was a black IPA
Harvest strawberry beer in bottles (LA strawberries)
Guest beer was voodoo bengal pale ale from tin roof brewing

I went with a custom premium sampler of the pale, IPA, Andygator, SOS, and one other that I can't recall. I told the bartender I was driving and she served me a smaller pour of the black IPA and the guest pale ale.

Like all the beers I've had from LA, I really can't say anything was more than average. The pale and IPA are both hard to drink...a malty mess with no clean hop aroma/flavor. The guest beer from Voodoo was a struggle to finish - carbonated malt syrup with no "pale" characteristic at all.

Had a bowl of the gumbo which was good. The atmosphere was neat and the town of Abita is more happening that I imagined. The brewpub is on a bike trail and there is a wonderful town square next to the brewpub with an Abita beer garden for special events.

The road to/from the interstate there is a bbq joint on the west side of the road (about halfway) that has the best boudin sausage I've ever had in my life. May have been the best part of the visit.

Yetiman420, Mar 25, 2011
Photo of Prideinnola
3/5  rDev -23.3%

Not much of a first impression of the place visually. The atmosphere isn't bland, it's just "normal". The selection is awful unless all you want is Abita, but why else would you go to an Abita pub if you didn't want Abita?

The food wasn't bad, but wasn't great. I got a shrimp po-boy. The shrimp were definitely frozen which is a shame. The hamburger is a solid choice. Avoid options that sound too complicated for the establishment like the Jockamo IPA crawfish cakes and Turbodog remoulade sauce. Also the crawfish cornbread was unnecessary. Just give me plain cornbread.

Service was not good. The food took forever which was strange considering that they weren't very crowded. The waitress was kind of rude, but to her benefit, I don't think she realized it.

I would only recommend if you're just coming out of the brewery tour and want some grub. Other than that I wouldn't make a special trip.

Prideinnola, Jul 19, 2010
Photo of woodychandler
4.22/5  rDev +7.9%

The long red and white awning led up a walkway to the doorway flanked on either side by an outdoor patio. The merchandise was right, past a wood bench and the gift shop was to the left, along the wall. The horseshoe-shaped, black-Formica topped bar was on the left side headed aft, across from the lavs. Further aft, right, were a couple of private party rooms being used for overt low seating. A long mural began behind the taps on the left wall and continued all of the way aft to the now-defunct brewhouse and FVs.

I had the Chicken Abitafeller (chicken breast, shrimp, oysters, spinach) for lunch and it was one of the most memorable meals in all of my journeys. The oysters were huge, plump, succulent offerings that melted in my mouth. Louisiana shrimp? Fuhgeddabahdit!

Beers: Restoration Ale; Golden Ale; Jockamo IPA; Amber Ale; Purple Haze; Turbodog; Andygator; Abita Light.

Select (seasonal) - 4 Grain; Wit.

Handpump. Belgian style Dubbel.

woodychandler, Dec 20, 2009
Photo of EgadBananas
3.6/5  rDev -7.9%

When I checked the Brew Pub out, I was a pleasantly surprized by it. I imagined it to be more of a "hole-in-the-wall" type place from times I've driven by. But, it's actually rather nice. The inside is laid out rather well, there are ample flatscreens within viewing distance of most everywhere you could sit. The service was average I'd say. Not bad at all, but nothing stellar that sets them apart from any other place. They offer everything that they brew at the pub, and there is usually at least 1 specialty brew that they don't bottle and offer exclusively there from what I can tell. As far as offerings that are not Abita, I don't know...all I ever drank there was Abita. The food was rather good. I haven't been enough times to sample everything, but what I have had has been very enjoyable. The menu offers a wide variety of things, some things I wouldn't expect, which is pretty cool. I think it's a tad pricey. I can go to a random bar that serves Abita and typically pay less. Foods a pretty decent value for what you get, so I guess it kinda evens itself out in the end.

I enjoy the place when I go, and continue to go, I will.

EgadBananas, Nov 14, 2009
Photo of mulder1010
3.38/5  rDev -13.6%

Had really high hopes and left disappointed.
Service was excellent. Was all over everything and first server on this trip where me and my girlfriend did not have to ask for a refill. Was ahead of us and asked for things before we need them.
Beer... Turbodog was ok and Andygator was disappointing for a bigger ABV. Was just very light. Bought an Abby Ale for later and was also disappointed.
Food was average. High point was the onion rings. Very nice.
Was very quiet for a lunch and did not seem busy at all.
honestly the brewery could do so much better and pales to the CO breweries

mulder1010, Nov 10, 2009
Photo of philipquarles
3.23/5  rDev -17.4%

Headed to the Brew Pub one Friday night during the summer. Most of the business was inside because of the heat, but it still was not quite full. Pretty decent atmosphere; not really loud and noisy, but still social. Memorabilia strewn about: tin signs up on the walls, beer kettles in the corner, and taps all over the place. The bar tenders take their own time, and don't seem to be particularly knowledgeable in regard to the beers. All of the beers available at the time were available in the grocery store save for the Belgian Wit, the Belgian Dubbel, and the Andy Gator. I tried ordering the Dubbel and was told they didn't have it. Price was also a bit steep. $6.00 for an Andy Gator? No thanks. Food looked good, but was also very pricey. Overall not a bad place to go and have an Abita Brew, but one can really do that anywhere in SE Louisiana, and probably for cheaper.

philipquarles, Aug 23, 2008
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