Abita Brewing Company

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Abita Brewing Company
IndustryAlcoholic beverage
Founded1986; 36 years ago (1986)[1]
HeadquartersCovington, Louisiana
United States
ProductsBeer
Production output
175,000 barrels
OwnerAbita Brewing, LLC.
David Blossman, President

Mark Wilson, Brewmaster
Chad Davis, Brewing Supervisor

The Abita Brewing Company is a brewery in Covington, Louisiana, United States, 43 miles (69 km) north of New Orleans.[1] Abita was founded by Jim Patton and Rush Cumming in 1986,[1] in downtown Abita Springs, Louisiana. The original location in downtown Abita Springs is now the Abita Brew Pub.

Brewery[edit]

Interior of the brewery

The company brews its beer with water from artesian wells. In August 2005, Stuff Magazine called Abita's Turbodog Ale the best beer made in America.[2] Abita Bock was listed among the Top 10 Spring Beers by Fox News in 2012.[3] Abita Bock is the brewery's first seasonal brew and is available January - March.[citation needed]

Production[edit]

The Boot on the bottling line

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.[4] 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.[5]

The Abita Brewing Company produces seven year-round flagship brews (Abita Amber, Golden, Light, Turbodog,[1] Purple Haze,[1] 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.[6]

Non-Alcoholic Beverages[edit]

The company also produces Abita root beer, which differs from many others in that it is made with Louisiana sugarcane rather than high-fructose corn syrup. Abita also produces a King cake flavored soda, usually sold around Mardi Gras.[citation needed]

Distribution[edit]

Turbodog, a brown ale, produced by the Abita Brewing Co.

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.[7]

In February 2012, the company began distribution of three of its flagship brews in cans: Amber, Purple Haze and Jockamo I.P.A.[8]

In 2015, Abita became the first craft beer available in Aruba, exclusively distributed by Bourbon Express and currently by Divino N.V. per April 2018. As from February 2016, Turbodog, Wrought Iron IPA and the Abita Root Beer are also available in Germany.[citation needed]

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.[citation needed]

Abita Brew Pub[edit]

Abita Brew Pub in Abita Springs, Louisiana.

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.[9][10]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e Hampson, Tim (2008). The Beer Book. London: Dorling Kindersley. p. 16. ISBN 978-1405333016.
  2. ^ "Turbodog is the Big Dog in National Magazine". Abita Brewing Company. Archived from the original on 2008-03-06. Retrieved 2008-07-25.
  3. ^ "Top 10 Spring beers". Fox News. 2012-04-22.
  4. ^ "Abita projects to exceed 130k barrels in 2011, celebrates with 25th anniversary beer". Beer Pulse. Retrieved 6 May 2012.
  5. ^ "Abita announces new beers and lineup changes". Baton Rouge Business Report. Archived from the original on 26 August 2014. Retrieved 7 August 2013.
  6. ^ Owen Ogletree (2008-05-10), Brewtopia Events LLC report on Abita Brewery, Brewtopia LLC, retrieved 2008-07-23
  7. ^ Abita Brewing Company (2011-09-20), Special brew celebrates anniversary, Abita Brewing Company, archived from the original on 2012-05-06, retrieved 2011-10-06
  8. ^ "Abita Goes Where You Go". Abita News. Archived from the original on 6 May 2012. Retrieved 6 May 2012.
  9. ^ "Abita Brew Pub". Abita Brew Pub. Archived from the original on 17 March 2012. Retrieved 1 May 2012.
  10. ^ "Visit Abita". Abita. Archived from the original on 7 July 2011. Retrieved 1 May 2012.

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Coordinates: 30°28′57″N 90°03′24″W / 30.4824087°N 90.056605°W / 30.4824087; -90.056605