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Abita Brewpub – Abita Springs, Louisiana

Abita Brewpub

I visited New Orleans, Louisiana for the first time in my life at the beginning of August 2012. As with every trip I go on, I researched local craft beers, beer bars, and breweries for places to visit and eat. Naturally, when one thinks of New Orleans, Abita comes to mind since their beers see a wide distribution. There are two choices for an Abita experience: the brewery and the brewpub. My fiancée and I decided that we would make Abita a dinner destination since it takes approximately 40 minutes to get there from the French Quarter via the Lake Pontchartrain Causeway.

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The drive to Abita Springs was lovely and crossing the 23-mile long causeway bridge was quite breathtaking. We rolled up to the brewpub at approximately 7:30pm, so the sun was setting on the small and cozy southern town. It was quite hot and humid outside so when we entered the building, the shock of the air conditioning was very dramatic. I’m not one to ever be cold, but I thought they could have dialed the air conditioning back a little bit (my only complaint about the place).

Jambalaya

The first thing I do at a brewpub is peruse the beer menu, and the first drink I landed on was the Andygator, a maibock. With the drinks ordered, I looked over the menu and had a very difficult time choosing what I wanted for dinner. The menu and was very organized and broken into categories: Just the Beginning, Greener Pastures, Pasta, Brew Burgers, Main Event, and Sandwiches. I finally settled on the Jambalaya Ryan, and I will tell you that I did not make a mistake. It was an amazing dish, and the cornbread muffins on the side were exquisite.

The menu as a whole is an eclectic mix of southern cuisine and pub food, so there is something for everyone. If you are feeling adventurous since you are in the south, check out a local dish. If something extreme doesn’t tickle your fancy, eat a burger or a chicken wrap. I was tempted to order a Po-Boy, but I had one for lunch that day so I decided to go a different route.

The bar at Abita

I finished my first drink during dinner, so I ordered a second one; the Turbodog, an English Brown Ale. These were the only two beers I had on site, but there was a great selection to choose from. They also had my personal favorite, Save Our Shores (S.O.S.), and the 25th Anniversary Double Dog. I have had so I decided to skip over them. They offer their entire line-up, seasonals, and even a guest tap (Sierra Nevada Summerfest during my visit).

If you are looking for some small town cookin’ and hospitality coupled with rather delicious beer, I highly recommend visiting the Abita Brewpub. The menu is nicely priced with most meals coming in under $20. Following your meal, be sure to take a walk in Abita Springs Park and check out the lit-up two-story gazebo that looks like something straight out of the movie Big Fish.

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Written by Jeff Kupko

Jeff is a traffic engineer that loves his beer, and especially loves trying new beer. As a student at the University of Pittsburgh, Yuengling was a staple and the beginnings of liking something better than fizzy yellow water. This has evolved into an entire hobby, with Jeff keeping a blog of all of the beers he tries. Vacations most certainly involve at least one brewery or bottle shop visit to gather a region’s coveted fruits. Now, Jeff has ventured into homebrewing, and there is probably no saving him from being engulfed entirely by beer. While Imperial Stouts and IPAs rank highest in Jeff’s eyes, sours are sneaking up on those styles, and Jeff loves to try all different styles. Find Jeff Kupko on Google Plus

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