Abita Brew Pub
Taps: 17 / Bottles: 2
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: N
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4.18/5 rDev +9.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4
This is a pretty interesting place. It is a brewpub in a really small town where you'd never expect to find one. I live in Houston and we only have three or so. The small town setting adds to a nice, laid-back atmosphere. The food was very good, basically typical brewpub fair with a spicy Louisiana touch. I enjoyed a spicy chicken wrap, while my companions enjoyed other spiced seafood offerings. Service was very good, but not quite outstanding. The beer choices consisted of all the standard Abita beers, their current seasonal, and 3 or 4 other special beers solely for the brewpub. This place is definently worth going to if you're in the area. I only wish I had the time to try a few more beers.
08-21-2004 19:37:23 | More by Gagnonsux
3.6/5 rDev -5.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$$
When I checked the Brew Pub out, I was a pleasantly surprized by it. I imagined it to be more of a "hole-in-the-wall" type place from times I've driven by. But, it's actually rather nice. The inside is laid out rather well, there are ample flatscreens within viewing distance of most everywhere you could sit. The service was average I'd say. Not bad at all, but nothing stellar that sets them apart from any other place. They offer everything that they brew at the pub, and there is usually at least 1 specialty brew that they don't bottle and offer exclusively there from what I can tell. As far as offerings that are not Abita, I don't know...all I ever drank there was Abita. The food was rather good. I haven't been enough times to sample everything, but what I have had has been very enjoyable. The menu offers a wide variety of things, some things I wouldn't expect, which is pretty cool. I think it's a tad pricey. I can go to a random bar that serves Abita and typically pay less. Foods a pretty decent value for what you get, so I guess it kinda evens itself out in the end.
I enjoy the place when I go, and continue to go, I will.
11-14-2009 00:25:10 | More by EgadBananas
3.85/5 rDev +0.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3 | food: 3.5 | $$
I visited this place not too long ago. honestly i should go more often. Overall i would say many of the other reviews were pretty good, but i would not say they had a good selection simply becasue it is their beer and there is not all too much to choose from, but for a brewery it is good.
The atmosphere is good. small place but quaint. i think there is a place to sit around outside, but i am not sure.
to tell you the truth, i did not have any food, but i gave it a 3.5 because its from the south and i would bet they had good food.
overall a great place, worth visiting.... but if you live far away visiting once would be plenty.
04-21-2005 22:21:59 | More by acrawf6
3.95/5 rDev +3.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | food: 2.5 | $$$
This is a funky little place in the tiny town of Abita Springs, LA. The pub is very large with a loooong bar. There is all sorts of memoribilia on the walls from the town and the brewery, giving it a sort of small-town cafe feel.
They have every single Abita beer on tap as well as some brew-pub exclusives and one or two "guest beers". I was fortunate enough to sample the Dunkel Bock out of the beer engine and it was the best Abita beer I've ever had. The service is very friendly, informal, and accomodating. The food is a little pricy and quite frankly, I expected a little more out a muffelatta so close to New Orleans, but i didn't leave hungry.
Bottom line, if you're in Abita Springs, LA for some random reason, where the hell else are you gunna eat? Worth a pilgrimage? Not really.
04-13-2007 05:16:33 | More by JudgeRoughneck
3.05/5 rDev -20.2%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 3 | food: 3 | $$$
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
2.93/5 rDev -23.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 2.5 | service: 3 | selection: 2.5 | food: 4 | $$
When the batch is good, Purple Haze is about as refreshing as it comes. When the batch is less than good, Purple Haze is a perfumy, well below average beer in my mind. Unfortunately, my trip to the Abita brewpub restaurant involved a bad batch of Purple Haze.
The food was pretty good and the atmosphere was nice. The actual spring behind the restaurant was incredible, as it was 90 degrees that day and I got a chill standing on the bridge overlooking it.
None of my party was overly impressed with their beers. The group was drinking amber, turbodog and, of course, purple haze. Personally, I think Abita is somewhat overrated, since I'd heard that someone had ranked it best microbrew in the country a few years ago. Don't get me wrong, it's still a fine product....but best in the country? How?
This being said, if you're ever in the Abita Springs area (and you don't get there unless it's on purpose or your lost), give it a shot. Food was good, the spring was awesome and the service was okay. I definitely hope to make it back to check out the beer again some day to see if it changes my opinion.
07-18-2005 03:17:26 | More by millhouse
4.38/5 rDev +14.7%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.25 | $$
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 +26.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5 | $$$
Went here right after we got done drinking some free beer and taking the pretty boring and somewhat uninformative tour over at the brewery just down the road as part of a bachelor party trip my buddy put together for me. The service here was friendly and fast. We happened to go here during craft beer week so we got to try their Abbey Ale on tap and get a free pint, which was nice. The Food here is fantastic. I tried a seafood po boy with Turbodog romelaude (sp?) sauce and it was absolutely delicious. If you go to Abita, I recommend you make this your lunch stop after the tour. Worth every penny.
05-15-2013 17:16:38 | More by ajtorres311
3.23/5 rDev -15.4%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 3 | $$$
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.
08-23-2008 05:27:32 | More by philipquarles
3.88/5 rDev +1.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4 | $$
Had a total beer day the day I visited here. Started out with a tour of the Lazy Magnolia Brewery in Kiln, MS (Home of Brett Favre)with my brother and his girlfriend. Then we sampled a few of their beers at local restaurant. Had lunch at the Abita Brewpub in Abita Springs, La. I had the Andy Gator, Turbodog, Abita Select Pale Ale, and Fleur-de-lis Restoration Ale. All were good as was the food. I had a Gyro and my brother had a burger. Had Paulaner Hefeweizen on tap as a guest brew. Fairly knowledgeable and very friendly staff. Reasonably priced. Will go back. We then proceeded to a beer store in Hammond, LA called Red, White and Brew where we bought stuff you cant find in Mississippi.
07-19-2007 13:06:21 | More by biggmike
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Abita Brew Pub in Abita Springs, LA
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