Fat Tuesday, the crown jewel of Carnival season, is finally here. Most famously celebrated in the U.S. by the city of New Orleans, the holiday serves as a final day of celebration before the beginning of Lent. With visions of king cake and crawfish etouffee dancing in our heads, we’re celebrating by sharing some background and a video about Abita Brewing Company. Located just 30 miles from New Orleans, their first seasonal of the year is of course dedicated to Carnival, the Abita Mardi Gras Bock.
Abita Brewing Company and the town of Abita Springs itself were created because of the natural phenomenon that is the Southern Hills aquifer system, which provides fresh water from underground structures that are more than five million years old. Long after this water source was found by the Choctaw Indians—they believed the water had healing properties—it was discovered to also be perfect for brewing beer. Abita Brewing Company is one of the few breweries in the world that doesn’t have to filter and treat the water used in the brewing process.
Abita produces seven flagship beers, five seasonals, and three special harvest beers. These unique harvest beers highlight a few of Louisiana’s most popular crops; strawberries, pecans, and satsumas. Abita has recently added a new beer, SOS – A Charitable Pilsner, which is brewed to aid in relief efforts for the gulf coast from the 2010 oil spill. Learn more about Abita’s beer line-up.
Interview with David Blossman, owner of Abita Brewing Company
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Last Updated: March 7, 2011