We rented a car for one day so we could explore outside the boundaries of New Orleans. About an hour north of NOLA is the Abita brewery. To get there, you have to drive across the Lake Ponchatrain Causeway, which is the longest bridge over continuous water in the world. The low sides make it slightly creepy, as if you could be blown right off with a good gust of wind.
Like just about every brewery we’ve ever been to, the brewery is attached to a cute tasting room.
Instead of asking a bartender to give you samples, you get a plastic cup and get in line to pour your own. You can go down the line as many times as you have time for. At the end of the tour, they let you hang out for 10 minutes or so to try whatever you’d like. You can also buy whatever beer paraphernalia you’d like.
If you’ve taken any brewery tour, the inside of the brewery will look familiar. Large tanks aplenty.
Each tank holds about 9000 bottles of beer. Pretty cool.
The tour was short and sweet. The tour guide went through the basic brewing process and you got to see the beer process, start to finish. Even if you’re not really into the beer tour aspect, it’s nice to be able to try as many beers as you like (and as much of it as you like).