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Abita Brew Pub
Taps: 17 / Bottles: 2
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: N
$$ - reasonable
[ Bar, Eatery ]
72011 Holly St
phone: (985) 892-5837
Located at the old Abita brewery, and they serve mostly Abita beers. However, they are not owned by Abita.
(Place added by: Todd on 04-04-2010)
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vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5 | $$
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.
12-20-2009 17:14:46 |
More by woodychandler
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 3 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
On my tenth trip to Louisiana, I finally bit the bullet and made the one hour drive to/from Baton Rouge to cross Abita off my list of brewpubs/breweries visited.
This was my 207th brewery/brewpub visit and some could say it may not qualify as the brew pub is not owned by Abita and they do not brew anything on site. They do have an original brewing setup in the back corner for decor. I'm no appraisal expert, but it seems like $75k worth of SS brewing equipment could be better served in an actual brewery.
My visit was 5:00 on a Tuesday evening in mid March. A pleasant 78 degrees outside and I elected to sit inside at the bar to avoid a jovial group of smoking locals on the front patio.
Abbey in 22 oz bomber
Select beer was a black IPA
Harvest strawberry beer in bottles (LA strawberries)
Guest beer was voodoo bengal pale ale from tin roof brewing
I went with a custom premium sampler of the pale, IPA, Andygator, SOS, and one other that I can't recall. I told the bartender I was driving and she served me a smaller pour of the black IPA and the guest pale ale.
Like all the beers I've had from LA, I really can't say anything was more than average. The pale and IPA are both hard to drink...a malty mess with no clean hop aroma/flavor. The guest beer from Voodoo was a struggle to finish - carbonated malt syrup with no "pale" characteristic at all.
Had a bowl of the gumbo which was good. The atmosphere was neat and the town of Abita is more happening that I imagined. The brewpub is on a bike trail and there is a wonderful town square next to the brewpub with an Abita beer garden for special events.
The road to/from the interstate there is a bbq joint on the west side of the road (about halfway) that has the best boudin sausage I've ever had in my life. May have been the best part of the visit.
03-25-2011 18:55:36 |
More by Yetiman420
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
Nice little brewpub in the small quaint town of Abita Springs, about a 50-60 minute drive from downtown New Orleans on the north shore of Lake Ponchartrain. The directions from their website are good but it is still real easy to miss this place as it is on some little diagonal street that is only about 1/4 of a block long. I actually drove right past the place before I called and got set straight but the woman who helped me find the place was as nice as can be and she turned out to be the bartender when we arrived.
You walk up to the place and it has a little front yard with a few tables which look like a good enough place to hang out but unfortunately, it was a real cold Louisiana day when we were there so it was too cold to hang outside.
We went in and it has a rustic wooden lodge type feel to it. Actually, the place reminded me a lot of Vermont and I guess this is the woods of SE Louisiana and Vermont is kind of the woods throughout the whole state so I guess this analogy strangely enough makes sense.
The beers on that I can remember were the standard Abita offerings of Golden, Amber, Purple Haze, Turbodog and the Andygator one which I believe is a barleywine style. They also had a mocha porter, a copper ale and a 20th anniversary double pilsener which was described as hoppy and it was but it reminded me almost of a cross between a double pilsener and an IPA but leaning more towards the IPA. All the beers were slightly better than average or maybe a tad better than that and the freshness was excellent. Seems all beers taste better when you're right at the source if for freshness factor alone.
Food was nice--I got a fried shrimp po-boy and it was as good or better than many that I had back in New Orleans. The bartender was real nice and she let me sample all the beers even though only 4 or 5 were included in the standard sampler. Quite reasonable pricing. I would return to this place but it is not a must do if you're in New Orleans. I would go back but not every visit.. If I lived in the north shore area, I'd go here much more often.
01-09-2007 02:20:10 |
More by rousee
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
Visited for lunch on 05/20. We were a party of 6 (my parents, brother, sister-in-law, my wife & me). My wife and I were visiting from Portland, OR -though we used to live in nearby Slidell, LA. First time back to Abita since the late-1990's.
Atmosphere: Laid back and comfortable, not really noisy but "lively". Surprisingly dark inside and nobody seated outdoors (despite sun and mid-80's). Big bar predominates the main room, we were seated at a round table in a side room. Decor is eccletic antique junk, posters, photos etc.
Quality: Beer was hit-or-miss. My wife got the 6 pc.sampler and only liked the Turbo Dog and the seasonal Red Ale. All the others were pretty average, (wife & I realize we may be jaded since living in Portland exposes us to so many great craft beers). I got an AndyGator (good but I've had better barleywines) and a special cask item, the Cream Ale (very good). Mom had a Purple Haze and Dad a Golden - both said they liked what they ordered.
Service: utterly rude at first. "Hostess" who sat us literally tossed the menus onto the table. Server seemed tired and acted very impatient when we didn't all know what to order when she came around. But once we'd ordered, beer and food came in an appropriate time. We also ordered an extra dinner to take on the plane home - it was nicely boxed up for us. Before leaving, bought a couple of 6-packs of TurboDog and 2 pint glasses. The man who waited on us was very friendly and helpful.
Selection (I assume this means beer): A nice group of about 8 Abita beers. The basics were all there: Golden, Amber, Purple Haze, Turbo Dog, Light(!) plus the Red Ale, Cream Ale and AndyGator. There was one "guest" beer, which I think was Guinness.
Food: We liked the menu, lots to choose from. Good sandwiches and burgers, good salad. My dish was the Pecan-crusted Catfish - a huge fillet with a delicious coating of pecans. Good sides of potatoes and vegetables, too. We liked it so much that we ordered another one to go!
A good place to visit - definitely stop in if you're in the NO area.
05-31-2006 00:41:01 |
More by msubulldog25
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
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.
10-19-2012 18:02:13 |
More by shivtim
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
Very cool place. Friendly folks who know beer. Great atmosphere. Solid beer. Great food and a relaxing, but still hip and funky decor. The artwork (the walls are huge murals) was absolutely amazing, but the scenes are just of everyday life so I dont think they get the credit they deserve. Whoever the artist was....frigging incredibly skilled person.
Abita's beers aren't the world's best by any means, but they are decent and some are pretty interesting, but the atmosphere is really cool and that adds to the experience.
Really enjoyed this place and the owner was a very sweet lady who was happy to chat and never stopped smiling.
01-18-2006 12:12:30 |
More by Jredner
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3 | food: 3 | $$
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
11-10-2009 06:30:46 |
More by mulder1010
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 3 | food: 3.5 | $$
This place was great. It's out in the middle of nowhere Abita Springs, LA. The beer selection was okay but the food was great. I picked up a growler of Abita Andygator. My major problem with this place was I figured it would be attached to the brewery but it wasn't. The had an okay selection of Abita on tap but most of the stuff you can get on tap anywhere in New Orleans. The Andygator was the only thing which is tough to get in the city. I recommend people to come to this place when visiting New Orleans but go to the brewery first.
07-26-2007 21:05:09 |
More by Beerbuddha
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5
My buddies and I stopped by Abita Springs for a liquid lunch on our way to the brewery (which, by the way, is only open for tours on the weekend). The beers were the best we had while in the New Orleans area. They had a couple of seasonal beers on tap that are not available in bottles. We didn't try the food. Our bar wench, Courtney, was very courteous, attentive, and knowledgeable. I highly recommend you stop by if you are in New Orleans. Abita Springs is about 35 minutes north and worth the drive!
05-01-2004 23:58:17 |
More by schoolcb
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
I dropped in this past weekend for a few pints and to see the brewpub. It has been a while since I had been there and was expecting to see very few people and eat some average food with a good pint or two. Well, I was wrong. The place was very busy for a Sat. afternoon, but I still managed a barstool. The service was fairly quick, and with a smile. I ordered some food to go with a Christmas Ale (which was nice to have fresh). It was a step above the regular bar fare - definitely worth trying.
There were several Abita brews on tap. They have most of their usual lineup there, plus a Saison and a Barley Wine. The new IPA was available in bottles. They also had a guest tap which I thought was pretty cool (Dead Guy Ale).
Overall, I was impressed with the food, beer and service definitely a good thing going in South Louisiana.
11-27-2007 15:08:08 |
More by barefootbrewer
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