Craft beer has become a massive trend around the world, particularly in the U.S., over the past decade, and that trend has hit New Orleans in particular in the last few years. While at one time craft beer lovers could only find a handful of establishments offering these prime brews in the city, nowadays, as more and more craft breweries are popping up throughout both city and state as a whole, craft beer is present throughout the city more than ever. Here are a few of the best bars for craft beer.
Avenue Pub (1732 St. Charles Ave – Uptown)
Using clipboards rather than a blackboard or menu behind the bar, Avenue Pub delivers its regularly changing beer menu daily based on the new and tapped kegs that go in and out of this premier craft beer bar and its impressively long line of taps—arguably the best in the city. At any given moment, the pub might have six or seven different IPAs, two or three different barleywines or five or six stouts and porters. And that’s not even taking into account the dozens of different bottled beers that further expand the bar’s extensive beer list. To top it off, Avenue Pub as a full bourbon, rye and whiskey list and a kitchen that serves up gourmet burgers and bar food. Try one of the signature burgers made with prime local beef or the Dump Truck Fries, hand-cut fries topped with béchamel, roasted pork, grilled onions and port wine au jus.
Bayou Beer Garden (326 N Jefferson Davis – Mid-City)
While the Bayou Beer Garden may not harvest craft beer, it does serve beer in a lush garden-like setting with a huge backyard porch filled with bar stools and small tables surrounded by the emerald green foliage you can so often find in New Orleans. The joint has a smaller bar out back, but the real treasure trove of craft beer is in the front of the house, where dozens of local and national craft beers line a long list for aficionados of all types of craft beer. This Mid-City spot also offers a solid menu of tantalizing bar food, including its signature 10 oz. burger or Gravy Fries, French fries topped with savory roast beef debris.
Crescent City Brewhouse (527 Decatur St – French Quarter)
Crescent City Brewhouse has the unique distinction of being the only locally owned microbrewery that crafts beers on site and serves them fresh out the filter. It’s a 17-barrel, state-of-the-art brewery that “incorporates Old World values and modern technology,” making small batches of pure, top-quality beer with no stabilizers or chemicals used—all done in-house. The brewery’s specialties include the Black Forest malty mahogany beer, the wheat Weiss Beer, the Vienna Style Red Stallion and the classic Pilsner. Patrons can also ask the Brewmaster about the monthly Special Brew. This brewpub also has lunch and dinner menus with plenty of seafood dishes and upscale po-boys.
Evangeline (329 Decatur St – French Quarter)
At Evangeline, only local craft beers are allowed on this bar’s line of draught taps. Evangeline provides a wide selection, which can include everything from the Pontchartrain Pilsner and the Voodoo Bengal Pale Ale to the Strawberry Lager, made with Louisiana strawberries, and the Canebrake Wheat Ale, among others, both on draught and in bottles. Evangeline also carries a dinner menu available from 3 p.m. till late on Wednesdays through Sundays, which includes a taste of local dishes from Okra Evangeline and fried oysters to Creole jambalaya and an Acadiana Seafood Platter.
These are just a few of the many bars throughout NOLA that specialize in craft beer, so if craft beer is what you’re after, this city is becoming more and more accommodating as the years go on.