The word Abita comes from the language of the Choctaws and means spring or well. And that is exactly where you will find the brewery of the same name.
Abita was founded in 1986. At the time, the craft beer movement was still in its infancy, but Abita was at the forefront. In the first year, the team brewed 1,500 kegs of beer and was almost overwhelmed by the high demand for their delicious brewing products. The thirst for beer was awakened and could only be quenched by moving to larger premises. Eight years after the opening, they moved with bag and baggage and mash paddle and transformed the old brewery into a brew pub. Although output continues to grow to this day, Abita's craft beers are still small-batch and artisan-brewed. The private brewery is run by a group of local shareholders — some of whom have been there since the beginning and saw the team's first shaky steps more than 35 years ago.
Like many craft brewers, the Abita team attaches great importance to the quality of their raw materials. This dedication goes so far that the brewery even chose its location based on it. Water is the basis of every beer and is often not valued enough. That's because it's not a flavoring element, but a lot of work usually goes into the cool water before it can be used for brewing. Depending on the source, the water has to be filtered, cleaned and chemically adjusted to the requirements before the brewing process. The brewers of the Abita Brewing Company save themselves all these work steps because they set up their tents in the catchment area of the Abita springs. The water from this mountain spring is free of any pollution and harmful chemicals and is ready to go straight into the brew kettle. Such a precious commodity must be protected, so the brewers spare no expense or effort to save energy and water in their work. Recyclable bottles, waste reduction through agricultural use of waste products and the generation of the brewery's own energy are just a few examples of Abita's environmental concept. But not only nature is important to the team: the brewery collects funds in countless campaigns to actively support people in need. With their beer they have already taken action against forest fires, flood disasters and other far-reaching events.
We are amazed by the dedication, commitment and enthusiasm of these brewers — their fine beer is the icing on the cake and one more reason to support Abita.