Abita Brewing Company
|Headquarters||Abita Springs, Louisiana
|Production output||130,000 barrels|
|Owners||Abita Brewing, LLC.
David Blossman, President
Mark Wilson, Brewmaster
Deb Clarke, Head Brewer
The Abita Brewing Company is a brewery in Abita Springs, Louisiana, USA, 30 miles (50 km) north of New Orleans. Abita was formed by Jim Patton and Rush Cumming in 1986, in downtown Abita Springs - now the Abita Brew Pub.
In 1986 the company produced 1,500 barrels of beer. In 2011, Abita brewed over 130,000 barrels of beer and 5,000 barrels of root beer. The Abita Brewing Company produces seven year-round flagship brews (Abita Amber, Golden, Light, Turbodog, Purple Haze, Jockamo I.P.A. and Restoration Pale Ale), five seasonal beers, three Harvest brews, four Big Beers, a draft-only series of Select beers and a root beer all from a state-of-the-art brewing complex.
Abita's flagship beers are sold in 46 US states and Puerto Rico. Abita Brewing Company was the 15th largest Craft Brewery and the 24th largest brewery of any category in the United States ranked by volume sold in 2010.
In February 2012, the company began distribution of three of its flagship brews in cans: Amber, Purple Haze and Jockamo I.P.A.
The company brews its beer with water from artesian wells in Abita Springs. In August 2005, Stuff Magazine called Abita's Turbodog Ale the best beer made in America. The Abita Brew Pub, under independent ownership, is located at the original brewery location in Abita Springs and features Abita beers, with some brews exclusive to the brew pub, under a close partnership with the brewery.
In August 2013, the company announced it would add another 200-barrel brewing system to its existing 100-barrel system, increasing its capacity from 150 bottles per minute to 400 per minute.
Abita root beer
Abita Bock was listed among the Top 10 Spring Beers by Fox News in 2012. Abita Bock is the brewery's first seasonal brew and is available January - March.
Abita beer is currently served at Disney's Port Orleans Resort, a hotel/resort located in Walt Disney World in the Orlando, Florida area. The resort, themed after New Orleans, serves Abita on tap at restaurants and bars on site.
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