Abita Root Beer
Sweetener: Pure Louisiana Cane Sugar
Bottled at: Abita Springs, Louisiana
Purchase Location: Raley’s Supermarket
The Abita Brewing Company was formed in Abita Springs, Louisiana in 1986. Abita is the craft brewer of a number of beers and Abita Root Beer. All of Abita’s beverages are brewed with water from artesian wells in Abita Springs.
Abita Root Beer has a simple but classy bottle. Its label mentions Abita’s Louisiana origins several times. The word Abita is spelled out in a nice, bold font, and the “i” in Abita is dotted by a genuine Louisiana fleur-de-lis. There is not enough use of the fleur-de-lis in root beer labeling. I appreciate that the bottle cap informs, “pry off cap.” Other pry off cap root beers have taken me by surprise, causing painful damage to my hand.
Abita Root Beer starts off with a solid root beer flavor with a bit of a bite. The root beer bite gives way to a sweet aftertaste. The aftertaste has a smooth honey or molasses quality to it. Although quite sweet, it was not overly sweet, and was very welcome. That honey/molasses flavor also had a lingering quality, which I enjoyed. The root beer bite mixed with the sweet aftertaste made for a very good root beer.