COVINGTON, LA (WAFB) - The oldest craft brewer in the Southeast has completed a three-year, $30 million state-of-the-art expansion. The expansion at Abita Brewing Company will increase its brewing capacity to 400,000 barrels.
Abita is also becoming a founding Brewery Partner of Enjoy Beer LLC, an enterprise created to provide resources on a national scale to a select group of top independent craft brewers across the country.
Enjoy beer was formed to create partnerships with top craft brewers who wish to preserve their local independence, while gaining shared resources in areas such as distribution, sales, marketing and logistical expertise. The resources needed to compete with large-scale corporate competitors.
"As a local brewer deeply rooted in our Louisiana culture, I've always dreamed of an opportunity to help develop something like Enjoy Beer," says David Blossman, President of Abita Beer and Board Member of Enjoy Beer.
"Enjoy Beer will pioneer a new model in the industry, and together, Enjoy Beer and Abita can compete at the next level by expanding the reach of a beloved brand to share the unique culture of New Orleans with the rest of the country," said President and Founder of Enjoy Beer Richard Doyle.
Currently, Abita produces eight year-round beers, five seasonal brews, four harvest, seven big beers, a select series and a root beer. The company's products are sold in 41 states, the District of Columbia, and in a limited number of foreign countries. Abita Brewing was ranked 21st largest craft brewer in the country by the Brewers Association in 2014.