ambiance: Not a huge place. Parking in a lot across the street. Feels like a small Applebees but with beer decor. Innocuous but fun atmosphere. service: Not bad. Our server was a bit scattered but super nice, and he did a decent enough job keeping four separate checks straight. selection: Decent choice of Abita stuff on draft and in bottles. About 5 or 6 taps, about 7 or 8 bottles. Only annoyance was that the menu didn’t specify what was on draft and what was in bottles, so it could be a bit of a chore to select five draft beers to make a flight. food: DELICIOUS. The chicken and sausage gumbo was some of the best cajun food I had in Louisiana, and the burger was tremendous. Fries were perfect. value: Extremely reasonable. overall: Well worth the visit. Absolutely need to go back next time I’m in town.
Visited on 2-19-2013. A clean bar and restaurant with a lot of wall decor throughout the establishment. They also have an outdoor patio area. Cameron, our server, was very, very personable as well as very knowledgeable about their beers. They offer five beers in their sampler. The beers I had were good and there were none that I disliked. They also supply their customers with an Abita Beer Guide about their beers along with a decal. I really enjoyed this visit and would revisit if in the area again.
At the risk of losing a brewery rating I’ll say that this isn’t really a brewery anymore, and it hasn’t been since the 90s. This was the original Abita brewpub but when they opened the production brewery up the way they sold this to a family that wanted to take it over. So technically speaking this isn’t even owned by Abita anymore. That said, they have a contract to only carry Abita beer save for one guest tap. When I was there it was Stone smoked porter. Also, they have most of the original brewery on display in the back. When beer was brewed here it was not a restaurant or bar, it was purely a production brewery. Now they’ve jammed what remains of the original brewery into the corner and built a glass case around it so that you can look at it but it’s not functional. That’s not to sound negative, just to provide a little history. It’s actually a nice place and if the kitchen wasn’t closed I would have gladly eaten here.
As it was I arrived 10 minutes before closing but they were nice enough to sell a pint and give a few free samples. Not really a whole lot of stuff that you haven’t had most likely but they had some cask variations (not ticks) and a seasonal that I hadn’t had before. Their IPA when fresh at (near) the source isn’t bad. Cozy little place with good service. I wanted to try the muffuletta sandwich but no such luck.
Somehow I forgot to rate this earlier. Visited September 2013. The food was tasty and they had one brewpub exclusive beer available. Otherwise quite good selection of Abita brews available. Quite long drive from New Orleans.
This looks like a small house from the outside. You can’t park in front or on the sides, but you just a bit past it and there’s a small public lot in front of the restaurant across the street. The place was fairly empty, so easy to find seating at the bar. They had a dozen or so taps, available in a normal flight of five, or a premium flight, but they do the choosing. The taste range of the premium flight was very narrow when I visited, which made for a pretty uninteresting flight. The food was tasty, though, Cajun style. Not worth going out of your way for, but if you’re in the neighborhood it’s decent enough.
Not a bad place. Mostly Abita brews on tap with a handful of one offs and a couple of guest brews. The burgers were very good. The bar tender was helpful and accommodating. It’s worth a stop if you’re nearby.
Stopped by on the way to NOLA .. been wanting to stop by for years (and my feet are fine) .. . Great cozy little spot .. nice food and fat burgers .. . selection was a bit disapoointing, nothing special or brewpub exclusive- which i would have expected .. did have a seasonal but every bar in NOLA had to so .. I did enjoy my visit, but its basically just a quaint restaurant that serves Abita .. and Tonka the cat was cool!
We ate at the brewpub, after renting a car in New Orleans and driving up to Abita Springs. This building was the original Abita Brewing Co. site, in downtown Abita Springs, LA. Great little town to visit, and this little place is really a great spot in town! Ambiance is casual and laid-back, with a good varity of Abita beers on tap and in bottles. Service was mostly friendly though a bit distant; we would have been better off at the bar itself instead of a table. Food came as ordered and quickly; very good bayou fare (jambalaya, creole shimp, catfish po-boys, etc) and it was paired very nicely with fresh Abita beers from the new brewery, which is 3 or 4 miles north of town. Highly recommended for anyone visiting the New Orleans area!