The History of Abita Brewing Company
The Abita Brewing Company was founded in 1986 in the woods of Louisiana. In the first year, only 1,500 barrels were brewed, but it was the start of something unexpectedly monumental. It didn’t take long for demand to exceed the capacity of the original site, so the company upgraded to a larger location up the road in 1994 while keeping the original site as the 100-seat brewpub. From humble beginnings grew a craft beer company that now produces 151,000 barrels of beer and 9,100 barrels of root beer. Abita Brewing is a company with a rich history and unique values worth appreciating.
The Abita Brewing Company is located in Abita Springs, Louisiana. The water from these springs is so clean and pure that Abita Brewing doesn’t need to chemically treat it before using it in their brewing process. How is the water kept so clean? It is drawn from a deep well in the Southern Hills aquifer system that is filled from deep underground structures dating back around five million years. Being so deep underground for such a long period of time has kept this water-free from man-made contaminants including harsh chemicals and metals.
The water was originally a treasure belonging to the Choctaw Indians settlement for medicinal healing. Legend tells the story of a young Spaniard who married a Choctaw woman. After they were married, the couple moved to New Orleans where the woman fell ill. She was only cured after returning home to the spring. Word of the water’s healing power spread, and more and more settlers flocked to the site, building houses and railroads along the way. In 1903, the two was officially recognized, and there it remains today.
Abita Brewing is a proud leader in energy conservation and has been for the past 15 years. The company is the first and only to use the EquiTherm system which uses the heat produced in the brewing process to heat up their water. This amazing system eliminates the need for biogas.
In addition to their state-of-the-art system, Abita Brewing also operates its own wastewater treatment plant to generate energy through a Bio-Energy Recovery System (BERS). The strength and volume of the wastewater is reduced, and their own “biogas” is created that is used to fuel the company’s boilers.
Abita Brewing Company has seven brews dedicated to giving back to the communities that need it most. These brews donate a portion of the profits to various charities in the area including the Louisiana Disaster Recovery Foundation, St. Joseph’s Abbey and Seminary College, Abita Springs Tourist Park, the Louisiana Restaurant Association’s Employee Relief Fund, the Louisiana Craft Brewers Guild, and the Camp Fire Relief Fund to aid those impacted by the Camp Fire. Abita has been dedicated to helping those in need, and its famous brews are helping the company make a difference one bottle at a time.
If you’re looking for a brewery with historic roots, a dedicated team, and a giving culture look no further than Abita Brewing Company. With over 30 different brews you’ll be sure to find something you love.