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It's a Southern Thing tries Abita Pecan Ale for the first time to see if it's truly "Southern-Certified". Will they GEAUX NUTS or go home?
Story by an Account Staff Reporter for The Advocate Brewers from across Louisiana are putting their heads together for something special. The Louisiana Craft Brewers Guild today announced it is launching a collaboration brew to be released during Louisiana Craft Beer Week. The beer, a Double IPA, is the first in a new, annual Ensemble Series, and is set to be released Sept. 24. Louisiana Craft Beer Week runs Sept. 24-30. For the Ensemble Series, brewers will come together each year and decide on the style and recipe and brew the beer at the host brewery, the Guild said in a press release. This year, Abita Brewing Company will host the inaugural brew on Sept. 7. "There are 33 breweries that are members of the Guild and to be able to come together and work on a single brew that everyone can stand behind speaks volumes on how well we work together," said Karlos Knott, President of Bayou Teche and the Guild, in the announcement. The hazy IPA will be made with pale malt, wheat oats and Calypso, Lemondrop, Citra, Centennial and Amarillo hops. Expect an 8 percent ABV. The beer will be sold in limited release six-packs around the...
Yes, Abita Brewing Company once made a stout with oyster shells. They also tried out a spiced ale inspired by a crawfish boil! These aren't even the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the strange brews!  ��
Podcast and Article by Poppy Tooker | April 4, 2018 Abita Beer President David Blossman has always been a man ahead of his time. Long before it was legal for him to drink, David was experimenting with home brewing, making small batches of beer as a hobby. At 17 years old, he invested his teenage savings into what would become the Abita Brewing Company. Over 30 years later, he's the top dog! On this Louisiana Eats Quick Bite, we speak with David about Abita's pioneering role in the craft beer movement, their relationship with the community, and a special tricentennial tribute to New Orleans, Maison Blanc. Abita’s 2018 limited edition release was crafted to celebrate New Orleans 300th birthday.  “Maison Blanc has the mild, dry flavor you seek in your favorite house white wine, with the delicious crisp characteristics of Savignon blanc grapes.  Maison Blanc combines the best of both worlds to be enjoyed by beer and wine lovers alike. Listen to the podcast episode on the It's New Orleans website!
We're proud to have Turbodog included in the 101 Best Beers in America list by Men's Journal with so many other great brews! Turbodog is one of our oldest brews and has gained a cult following across the country over the years. To see where it's sold near you, click here to access our Beer Finder. Be sure to check out Men's Journal's Turbodog mention below and check out the full list!     Louisiana: Turbodog Brown Ale Brewer: Abita Brewing Company Style: Brown Ale There’s a lot going on in this brown ale, which starts with a combination of pale, caramel and chocolate malts for chocolate and toffee sweetness, and Willamette hops for balancing bitterness. Turbodog ale started off as a specialty brew but soon became a flagship thanks to its loyal following.  See the full list!
Abita Brewing Talks Fruity Beer   By Loren Green  |  February 15, 2017 The beer scene is a quickly flowing river these days, with many unpredictable twists and turns within its dynamic current. With trends ranging from session beers to kettle sours to whatever weed was growing in the backyard, it can be hard to keep track of who is doing what because they believe in innovation and who’s just jumping on the bandwagon. Fruit beers have a long history, but recently breweries have used fruit to enhance the already present sweet notes in the hop and barley build of a beer, giving said beer an extra kick. “We love making fruit beers,” explains Abita’s brewmaster Mark Wilson. “It’s one of the things we’re known for. We want to use as much local produce as possible and we just want the fruit to enhance the flavor so you know you’re drinking beer.” Abita, New Orleans’ 31-year-old brewery, brews some well-known fruity beers, like the raspberry-infused Purple Haze and their spring seasonal Strawberry Lager. While grapefruit and orange IPAs are all the rage today, and cherry and raspberry sours are regular one-offs around the country, Abita has been brewing with strawberries, peaches, and...
Today is a great day for Abita Beer. This morning, everyone who works at the brewery came together to celebrate the wrap up of our three-year, $30 million dollar expansion. This expansion means exciting things for people who love Abita Beer. A brand new visitor center, a new and bigger gift shop, more tours each week and most importantly, in order to brew the finest craft beer possible, a state-of-the art brewhouse and cellar. We’ve come a long way since we started in 1986 in the tiny back room of what is now the Abita Brew Pub restaurant. We’re proud of the fact that we were the very first craft brewer – not just in Louisiana but in the entire southeast. And we’re proud of the role we played as a pioneer in the craft movement. Abita brews the beer that reflects the people, passion and culture of Louisiana. I knew when I was just 17 what I wanted to do with my life. I invested my teenage savings – all $2,500 of it – into what would become the Abita Brewery. Little did I know that one day I’d have one of the greatest jobs in Louisiana. I’m very...
Craft beers accounted for 11% of U.S. beer sales volume in 2014, marking the first time that segment reached the double-digit mark, according to an annual industry report. And local brewer, Abita, did its part to contribute to that mark."We've definitely played our part," says David President of Abita Brewing Company. "I think, last year, we were the 14th largest craft brewer in the United States." Craft brewers last year produced 22.2 million barrels, and saw an 18% increase in sales volume and a 22% increase in retail dollar sales, according to the Brewers Association, a trade group representing small and independent craft brewers. "I'm not surprised," Blossman says. "Our goal is, by 2020, to be 20 percent of the overall beer market in the United States." He says Abita Brewing sold about 173,000 barrels of beer and root beer in 2014. The number of operating breweries grew 19% last year, totaling 3,464 breweries, with 3,418 considered craft breweries, including 1,871 microbreweries, 1,412 brew pubs and 135 regional craft breweries. There were 615 new brewery openings in 2014, and 46 closings. Why are craft beer sales so frothy? "I think people are gravitating toward craft beers," says Blossman. "It's like...
Beer giant Budweiser has gotten a lot of flack for its “Brewed The Hard Way" Super Bowl ad, which some brewers charge takes a dig at craft beer drinkers --even as Budweiser’s parent company continues to buy smaller breweries. “It’s brewed for drinking not dissecting,” the spot proclaims of its "macro" brew while hipsters sip brews from tiny glasses.  The tag line on the ad is: "Let them sip their pumpkin peach ale. We'll be brewing us some golden suds.'' But Abita Brewing Co., a Louisiana based microbrewery, is firing back with a spot of its own. "We're not a dog and pony show,'' reads the Abita video ad copy, over a backdrop of pint beer glasses. "We're Louisiana. Proudly American-owned. Yeah, we made a pumpkin peach beer. And it was good. Damn good.'' The Times-Picayune went to Abita to talk to patrons about what they really think of Budweiser versus craft beer. But instead of talking trash, Abita fans pretty much just confirmed what most of America already know: People who like craft beer are just regular people who like beer. And Bud is basically for people who want to get drunk without really tasting what they’re consuming. “I...
Photos and article by Nora McGunnigle                                         Abita Brewing recently paired up with glass manufacturer Spiegelau to demonstrate why the glass used to drink a beer is as important to enjoyment as the beer itself. Speigelau regional sales manager Chris Hillin guided 60-65 eager beer connoisseurs through an Abita beer tasting in five different shaped glasses: Abita Amber in the lager glass, the SOS Imperial Pilsner in the pilsner glass, Wrought Iron IPA in the newly crafted IPA glass, Abbey Ale in the Belgian snifter glass, and Naughty Quaker oatmeal stout in Spiegelau’s brand new glass created just for stouts. Speigelau expanded from wine glasses into the beer game in 2004, bringing the traditional lager, pilsner, and Belgian glasses to the market; several years later, the company began assembling professional tasting panels of brewers, homebrewers, and sensory specialists to create glasses for specific styles, like the ridged stemmed IPA glass and and the stout goblet, which warms the beer in the drinker’s hand. The specialty glasses are superior to the industry standard shaker pint for several reasons; the quality of the raw...
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