Abita is currently the 14th largest brewer in the country. I’m amazed by that. I had some of the first batch sold to the public. My sister and b-i-l were also good friends with the plant manager, so we used to get free kegs. This was 1993-1994… They were still small back then.
Anyhow, Covington Brewhouse was founded by a former Abita brewmaster. They use the same water, and similar methods. Covington is more like how Abita used to be when they were starting up. They plan on staying small. <<Not the best philosophy to me. If I open a business, I want to go go go.
NOLA is the New Orleans Lager and Ale Company. They have some seasonals, but their Nola Brown is like Newcastle on steroids. It is one of the best Brown Ales I’ve ever tasted. They have a Nola Blonde ale too, not nearly as good, but still good.