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Abita Brew Pub

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Abita Brew PubAbita Brew Pub
BA SCORE
88
very good

30 Reviews
Reviews: 30
Visits: 50
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: n/a
Taps: 17
Bottles: 2
Cask: Y
[ Bar, Eatery ]

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

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Notes:
Place added by: au1sec on 02-17-2003

Located at the old Abita brewery, and they serve mostly Abita beers. However, they are not owned by Abita.
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Reviews by kensuthe:
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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. (4,088 characters)

More User Reviews:
Photo of derkaderka82
4/5  rDev +3.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Good (4 characters)

Photo of Lurkerson
3.85/5  rDev -0.5%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3

Photo of 1Bonehed
4.25/5  rDev +9.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

The Brew Pub was a nice finishing touch to the Abita Brewery Tour. Nice atmosphere, friendly & relaxing, very laid back. Nothing over the top or overly extravagant, but nicely done. The workers are polite, friendly & professional. Appears to run like a well oiled machine. Well managed & well staffed. I feel very comfortable & welcomed when I visit. I've eaten here several times & it's always been fantastic. Lots of Abita beers available with very few other beers available, as to be expected & not a problem for me. If you find yourself in the area with a little extra time on my hands, I highly recommend checking it out. CHEERS (633 characters)

Photo of charlzm
4.25/5  rDev +9.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Photo of JohnK1366
4.71/5  rDev +21.7%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.75

Had a terrific burger and sampled a few really good beers. Dropped in on a Saturday night while traveling home to Texas from Alabama. The cool thing about this visit was that I just happened to be there when one of the founders of Abita (Rush Cumming) was there visiting. Terrific hearing about the origins of the brewery, the successes and failures along the way, and the pub in particular. An evening I won't forget. (422 characters)

Photo of Karibourgeois
4.55/5  rDev +17.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

On the north side of the lake from New Orleans in a small town. Food is great typical NOLa/South La fare. (105 characters)

Photo of caffeinateme
4.09/5  rDev +5.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25

Photo of Abitacamz
4.75/5  rDev +22.7%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4

Love this place. Good food. Good people. Great beers. (54 characters)

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4/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of srletend
4/5  rDev +3.4%

Always a nice selection of Abita stuff and the food is great. (61 characters)

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4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

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4/5  rDev +3.4%

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3.92/5  rDev +1.3%

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4/5  rDev +3.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

Photo of MOVERTON1284
4.68/5  rDev +20.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5

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. (414 characters)

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3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

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4.75/5  rDev +22.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

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4/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of ajtorres311
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. (602 characters)

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Abita Brew Pub in Abita Springs, LA
88 out of 100 based on 30 ratings.