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When a fresh calendar year begins, it’s natural to start talking about resolutions. You know, the kind designed to make you a smarter, kinder, leaner, healthier version of yourself. New year, new you and all that noise. But 2020 was a doozy and 2021 arrived with the world still in the weeds. So give yourself a break. Skip “dry January” and just sip on lighter beers this month. (We’re still drinking stouts, sorry-not-sorry.) Historically, the word “light” in relation to beer was an alarm bell that screamed “no flavor!” But in recent years, the pendulum has swung in the other direction. Many of your favorite craft breweries are creating refreshing, full-flavored light beers that prove that low calorie doesn’t always need low flavor. Check out some of our favorite light beers below.
"Abita Office Party It’s the time for fun at home and … at work? Well, if you’re attending an office party and want to keep things fun but not too over-the-top fun, then you’d do well to steer clear of the spiked punch and instead sip on the rich and well-crafted Office Party from Abita. Made with pale, caramel and chocolate malts, to go along with Willamette hops, this beer really takes its cues from the cinnamon, vanilla, nutmeg and cocoa nibs that are added into the recipe."
While seasonal beer shelves are ruled by pumpkin and marzen efforts this time of year, the Louisiana-based brewery offers something different, that includes some local flavor. Click here to read more!
Americans love beer. In 2018, we quaffed about 6.3 billion gallons of it in all, which works out to an average of roughly 26.2 gallons per adult of drinking age (not that adults of drinking age are the only ones consuming it, of course). The overwhelming majority of what we consume is mass-produced, most of it made by brands owned by one of two companies – Anheuser-Busch InBev or MillerCoors. More than 29 million barrels of the country’s single best-selling beer, Anheuser-Busch’s Bud Light, were shipped in 2018. In addition to Bud Light, these are the biggest beer brands in America. Click here to read more!
For over 30 years we’ve been proud to call Louisiana home & have always understood our responsibility to be a good member of our community. Over the next several months, we plan to keep Culture on Tap by spotlighting & sharing some of our favorite Louisiana artists & local businesses that have the same passion for their work as we do. We hope this helps bring awareness & support to their business when they need it most. The next local group we want to feature is Tank and the Bangas. This grammy nominated band is based out of New Orleans and met at an open mic night in the 2011. Almost instantly, this group knew that they had something that stirred crowds that wanted original music from them. They can go as hard as a rock band, but effortlessly transition into a funky groove or softer passages that evoke smooth R&B. If you've been lucky enough to see them live, you know what we're talking about. Be sure to look for them this October at French Quarter Festival 2020! Wondering how you can support Tank and the Bangas? Take a minute & visit their website at If you jump over to their Instagram, you can check out what they have recently...
We have partnered up with Bikes & Beers to bring you the virtual cycling event that you can do anywhere, anytime, and support over 80 local craft breweries! So what is a virtual ride? — A virtual ride can be completed on your own, or with friends. It can be done out in the fresh air or on your indoor trainer, etc. Starting on April 1st, track your mileage day to day for one month. On May 1st, riders will submit their total mileage to Bikes & Beers and we will award prizes for age/gender groups based on their total mileage. Click here to sign up and to check out more info! We value how important exercise is in a time like this to continue your fitness goals, stay heathy, and just clear your mind for a few hours. Remember to ride in small groups (less than 6) and maintain a 6-foot distance from one another for safe social distancing practices.
To Friends & Fans, At Abita, our top priority is the health and safety of our employees, visitors, and community. Following Governor Edwards guidelines & CDC recommendations, we’ve decided that the Visitor Center and Tap Room will be closed to visitors beginning Tuesday, March 17th.  We know that many of you care deeply about our Abita family. We want to assure you that our team will be taken care of and that none of our co-workers have been diagnosed with COVID-19 at this time. We want to apologize for the inconvenience and we appreciate your understanding. ⁠We’ll be sure to keep you updated through our social media and website. Production is not stopping! We will continue to make great beer for everyone in a safe environment for our business-critical staff. We also want to encourage our fans to take this opportunity to support their communities. With modern technology there are so many ways to check in with family, friends and neighbors. If you have the means, please consider buying gift certificates from your favorite bars and restaurants as they adapt to the changes around us. We know this takes a community and we look forward to having a beer with you...
To Abita Brewery fans & friends, At Abita Brewing Co. our top priority is the safety & health of our coworkers, fans, & community around us. The ongoing Coronavirus (COVID-19) developments are at the forefront of our minds and this is why we wanted to share with you the measures we are taking here at the Tap Room. We have increased cleaning of all surfaces, keeping spaces sanitized, implemented guidelines to our tour guides and beer leads on hand-washing and ensuring that any staff member that feels sick does not come into work. We are only using disposable plastic cups and are encouraging everyone to bus their own area. We will continue to closely monitor the situation with the guidance of the CDC and local government officials for any additional recommendations. We will remain open during normal business hours and tours are still scheduled to run but we will keep everyone updated with any changes involving events and tours. We know this requires a community effort and we thank you for doing your part as well. Cheers, Abita Brewing Company
Fried Fish Tacos with Chipotle Slaw   Makes 8 Ingredients 2 cups all-purpose flour, divided 1 cup cornstarch 1 tablespoon Chef Paul Prudhomme’s Magic Shrimp Seasoning, plus more to taste 2 teaspoons kosher salt, plus more to taste ⅛ teaspoon baking powder ⅛ teaspoon baking soda 1 (12-ounce) bottle cold Abita Amber beer or other light beer 3 to 4 tablespoons ice water 1 quart vegetable oil 1 pound speckled trout fillets, scaled, skinned if desired, and cut into finger-size strips Ground black pepper, to taste 8 (5-inch) corn tortillas Chipotle Slaw (recipe follows) Lime wedges, to serve Garnish: diced avocado, diced tomato, sliced green onion, chopped cilantro leaves Chipotle Slaw 1 cup mayonnaise 2 tablespoons fresh lime juice 1 chipotle pepper in adobo, finely chopped 1 tablespoon adobo sauce 1 teaspoon Chef Paul Prudhomme’s Magic Shrimp Seasoning Pinch kosher salt Ground black pepper, to taste 2 cups shredded green cabbage ½ cup finely sliced red bell pepper ½ cup chopped green onion ¼ cup finely chopped cilantro Instructions Fill a large container with ice; set aside. In a metal bowl, combine 1 cup flour, cornstarch, seasoning blend, salt, baking powder, and baking soda. Stir in beer, and add 3...
Just half an hour north of New Orleans, Abita Springs (population: 2,300) overlooks Lake Pontchartrain, seemingly a world away. Once a Chocktaw tribe village, it’s become a bucket list destination for beer lovers thanks to Abita Brewing Company, where brews like raspberry-tinged Purple Haze and the Big Easy IPA are made from British barley and water from their onsite wells. Fans of folk art come from around the world to visit the Abita Mystery House, hidden behind an old gas station. Inside, there are more than 1,000 found objects and homemade inventions including an Airstream that has been hit by a UFO and a dog/alligator sculpture that can’t adequately be described in words. The no-frills Abita Springs Café may not like much, but the food is killer: we love the breakfast burrito, shrimp po’boys and fried onion rings. Work off your meal with a bike ride on the Tammany Trace, a 31-mile trail along a former railroad corridor.
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