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Abita Brewery Tour

Updated on May 27, 2013
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Louisiana has many unique sites and interesting places to visit. Yvonne enjoys sharing her knowledge of local history, customs and events.

Brewery in Abita Springs, Louisiana

Do you like beer and/or root beer? How about if it's free for 2 hours? If the answer is yes, then you should check out the Abita Brewery's free tour.

The brewery was founded in 1986. The little St. Tammany Parish town of Abita Springs, Louisiana has been known for its pure spring waters for over a century. The water from the deep artisian wells to give its beverages a distinctive flavor.


Free tours of the facility, with all the beverages you can drink during the one hour tour is a delightful way for the beer lovers in the family to spend a Tuesday, Wednesday or Saturday. Abita also makes an excellent non-alcoholic root-beer.

The springs of the area were once known as a place of healing and were used by Native Americans and others for soaking and relaxation.

All photographs are by Y.L. Bordelon

Fun With a Group

We took the tour with a group of friends and enjoyed it thoroughly so we thought we'd share the fun with you. We wish that we could also share the beer, but... you'll have to settle for the visual part of the tour.

We begin in Abita Springs, Louisiana on the north shore of Lake Pontchartrain. The Abita Brewery is located off of Highway 36 in Abita Springs, LA.

If you have a group of 20 or more please contact kathy@abita.com to schedule an alternate tour time.

Hours & Tour Times

Wed,Thurs & Fri: 2pm - 3pm

Tour Time: 2pm

Sat: 10am - 3pm

Tour Times: 11am, 12pm, 1pm & 2pm

Enter Abita Brewery

Saturday morning, we met Richard's family and others for a trip to the hospitality room of the Abita Beer Brewery for some free samples of their products and to tour the facility. It was a great learning experience and fun for all.

Abita Beer Cookbook

Some great Louisiana recipes using Abita beer.

Beverage Poll

Have you heard of our local Abita Beer and Root Beer?

See results

Attractive Courtyard

We entered through the French Quarter style patio and through the French Doors.

You Get a Bracelet

All the adults get a purple or gold colored bracelet to mark the free tour that they took so that they can't drink any longer than they are supposed to.

Rushing to the Taps

Upon entering, most of the group rushed to the taps to begin sampling each of the available beers or root beer.

Decisions, Decisions

Here I am at the front of the line... hmmm, so many to choose from, decisions, decisions. Will it be Purple Haze or Amber or...?

Best Book

A guide to some of the best breweries and Abita is one that's in there.

Tiger Land

St. Tammany Parish is in LSU Tiger Country. In fact one of their most famous beverages, Purple Haze, sports the purple and gold colors.

History of the Brewery

After embibing in the delicious ales and for Yvonne, root-beer, the tour began with a talk about the history of the brewery. The original facility was established in 1986 at the location of what is now the Abita Brew Pub.

Original Brewery Site

The original brewery was housed in this small building for the first 8 years. It is now the Abita Brew Pub.

Pristine Artisian Water

Abita Springs was chosen because of the many pure spring fed artisian wells that are located in the area. The water is drawn from a deep artesian well in the Southern Hills aquifer system. Over 3,000 feet deep in some areas, it contains fresh water kept pristine in underground structures that are more than five million years old. The Choctaws used it for medicinal purposes and stories are told about its healing properties.

Beer Ingredients

An attractive arrangement of some of the special ingredients.

Mini Keg Refrigerator and Draft Dispenser

A mini-keg system for the home. How cool is this?

Tour Talk

We heard about some of the special processes used to make the delicious beverages. There are only four main ingredients: Water, Barley, Yeast, and Hops.

Blue Booties

They recommend that you wear closed toe shoes, but those of us who forgot were issued the special blue "Katrina" booties. They are nicknamed for Hurricane Katrina because they are the same blue color as the thousands of tarps that covered the damaged roofs after the storm.

Brewery Entrance

Finally we went on the tour, which was really interesting.

Beer Cellar

First stop was the cellar, where the giant vats of fermenting ingredients are stored.

Giant Vats

Each vat holds many gallons of liquid. Yeast is added to cooled liquid and fermentation occurs.

New Orleans Saints & Abita Beer Vid

Beer House

Mash Tun: Warm Water and Barley Mash

Lauter Tun: The Mash is transferred to the Lauter Tun. The sweet liquid, called the First Wort is drained from the mash and collected.

Merlin: boils the liquid (the wort) from the mash. Hops are introduced into the wort at three different stages in the boiling process.

The beer ages in the cold, dark stainless steel tanks for a minimum of 14 days up to three months. During the aging process the yeast settles and separates from the beer.

At the end of the aging period it is filtered, using a two part filtration process.

Testing the Brew

Testing the temperature and taking a sample of the finished product.

Bottling

After the beverage has aged it is ready to be bottled.

Bottling Line

It is pumped from the vats into the bottles, then packaged as 6 packs.

Kegging Line

Some of the product is put into kegs.

Free Samples?

They said we could have some free samples, but the keg was to heavy to carry to our van.

Firewood Beer Soap

Soap made with some of the fruit flavors of Abita Beer.

Refrigerated Truck

After the product is packaged it goes into one of the refrigerated trucks for delivery.

New Abbey Ale

The new Abbey Ale donates part of its sales to St. Joseph's Abbey near Covington.

Practice Makes Perfect

.....and after the tour.....they brought us back to the hospitality room.....and we practiced mixing "Turbo dog" and "Purple Haze"...............to make "Hound dog". :)

Take Me Back to Abita Springs

You may enjoy this mp3 by Bobby Lounge.

Resting between Rounds

"Hound Dog.....good...........hic.......hic Just kidding. I like to ham it up for the camera.

Love Blue Booties!

Richard liked his blue booties so much that he wore them home.

Good Bye to Abita

They ran us out to make room for the next group. Being good citizens, we finished our beer before getting in the car with our designated driver.

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    • jlshernandez profile image

      jlshernandez 

      7 years ago

      Thanks for the tour. I do not drink beer but I love root beer.

      What a fun lens. Blessed.

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      fbaum818 

      7 years ago

      Cool lens. I lensrolled it into my Abita beer lens.

    • Kiwisoutback profile image

      Kiwisoutback 

      7 years ago from Massachusetts

      Looks like you had a great time. We have the Sam Adams Brewery near us, and believe it or not it's free.

    • clouda9 lm profile image

      clouda9 lm 

      8 years ago

      Fun tour...loved the photos! We are blessed with winery's in our neck of the woods so my choice would be Merlot ;)

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      boutiqueshops 

      8 years ago

      wowzerz! I Love Root Beer! Totally enjoyed the tour!

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      myraggededge 

      8 years ago

      I really enjoyed the tour - I was right there!

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      Mary Beth Granger 

      8 years ago from O'Fallon, Missouri, USA

      This was a great lens! Thanks so much for taking us along on the tour. 5* and blessed by a SquidAngel.

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      Bambi Watson 

      8 years ago

      Fun lens & excellent photos!

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      anonymous 

      8 years ago

      Entertaining and informative. I love microbreweries. They make good beers and help local economies. I'm going to have to go over to the Red Oak Brewery here. 5*

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      Jennifer P Tanabe 

      8 years ago from Red Hook, NY

      Great photos, and a fun lens! I'll go for the root beer myself, though.

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      Cynthia Sylvestermouse 

      8 years ago from United States

      Great lens! I am glad they also make Root Beer.

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      Robin S 

      8 years ago from USA

      Wow! Thanks for taking us along!

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 

      8 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      I am ready for this tour and a couple of Hound Dogs. This sounded like such a fun tour of the Abita Brewery. I was not familiar with it so learned a lot and sure did enjoy the taking this virtual tour. Great lens and deserving of this blessing!

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      Mihaela Vrban 

      8 years ago from Croatia

      This was fun to read! It must have been fun to visit! :) Well done Al!

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      HorseAndPony LM 

      8 years ago

      What a great tour. Your lens looks amazing. I love all of your photos.

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      Deb Kingsbury 

      8 years ago from Flagstaff, Arizona

      My husband would LOVE this tour! I would too, except I must admit I don't like beer. I know, I know, I'm weird. Still, I think it's interesting how it's made and actually like the hoppy smell. I think you've done a great job with this lens and really enjoyed all the photos. If we're ever in that area, this tour is one we'd definitely want to take.

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