Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Brewsday Tuesday: Abita expands visitor center and tap room

Posted By on Tue, Dec 22, 2015 at 9:00 AM

click to enlarge Abita Brewing Company updated its gift shop and visitor center. - NORA MCGUNNIGLE
  • Abita Brewing Company updated its gift shop and visitor center.

Abita Brewing Company’s (166 Barbee Road, Covington, 985-893-3143) recent expansion has resulted in more space to brew beer and a larger visitor center, which features a taproom and merchandise store. Tours are scheduled more frequently and there’s also a new self-guided option.

Abita Customer Engagement Specialist Ben West says the self-guided tours are as easy as “checking in at the bar, heading upstairs and pressing a button,” which will activate a new video about Abita’s history and the brewing process. Regular tours have expanded and include information about the brewery’s yeast and grain processes.

Abita’s taproom now charges for beer. Fifteen new taps will be installed along with a dual growler fill system by mid-January 2016, and  more experimental beers will be offered. Adding 15 taps doubles the taproom’s beer capacity, and brewer Craig Rowan crafts experimental beers on Abita’s 30-liter pilot system several times a week.

The taproom is open 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Friday and Saturday and West says hours may be expanded. Firkins will be tapped on Fridays and Saturdays, and West and the taproom team are working on getting food trucks to the brewery on Saturdays.

Tours cost $5 and include tokens for four 4-ounce beers. Guided tours start every half hour 2 p.m.-3 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday, 1 p.m.-3 p.m. Friday, 10:30 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m.-3 p.m. Sunday. Free self-guided tours (beer samples not included) are available 10 a.m. -1 p.m. Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday and 10 a.m.- 2 p.m. Monday and Tuesday.

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