Abita announces new beers and lineup changes
Abita, already Louisiana's largest brewery, is going through a growth spurt, The Times-Picayune reports. The bottling and canning line has been upgraded. Before, the brewery could fill 150 bottles per minute. Now, it can turn out 400 a minute. "It's made to be driven," says David Blossman, Abita's president. "The capacity on the bottle line could accommodate a 500-barrel brewery." At the moment, Abita only has a 100-barrel brewing system. At the start of next year, Abita will add another 200-barrel system. The extra capacity means Abita can deliver even more beer. When, for example, Abita releases its strawberry beer in 2014, the beer with a cult following will be available not only in bottles but also on draft. And in October, for the first time the high-alcohol Andygator will be sold in six-packs of standard 12-ounce bottles. In 2014, Abita says, it will update both its seasonal beers and the Harvest beers made with Louisiana crops. Among the Harvest beers, the satsuma wheat will be replaced by a grapefruit IPA. Lemon Wheat, formerly a seasonal beer, will be made with local citrus and join the Harvest lineup. The seasonal Fall Fest will get a new, hoppier recipe and be renamed Octoberfest. Next summer, Abita will debut another seasonal, Seersucker Summer Pilsner.
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