Once home to such breweries as Jax, Dixie and more, New Orleans has waxed and waned in its brewery scene over the years, but the city and its surrounding areas are beginning to open up more breweries and tap rooms with each passing year. Here’s a tour of some of the breweries you can find in and around the city.
NOLA Brewing (3001 Tchoupitoulas St – Uptown)
Located in the Irish Channel Uptown, NOLA Brewin is a local darling that has expanded rapidly since opening in 2008. This brewing team is dedicated to “bringing the history and tradition of beer back to the city with craft-brewed beer.” It currently produces five regular beers, including locally themed names like Hopitoulas, 7th St Wheat and Flambeau Red. It also has a tap room you can visit and try out these beers for yourself.
Gnarly Barley (1709 Corbin Road – Hammond)
One of the newest additions to the local brewery network, Gnarly Barley was opened in Hammond in 2011 by a husband and wife brewing team. The brewery made its debut at the New Orleans on Tap beer festival with its signature Korova Milk Porter and Hoppopotamus IPA. It currently produces six different brews which all blur the lines of traditional beer styles to bring something fresh and unique to the table.
Abita Brewing Company (21084 Louisiana 36 – Covington)
The best known brewery in the area, Abita Brewing Company produces a huge amount of regular beers, such as its Abita Amber, Purple Haze, Restoration Pale Ale, Jockamo IPA, Andygator and more, as well as a variety of seasonal offerings, such as Fall Fest, Octoberfest, Spring IPA, Mardi Gras Bock and Christmas Ale. It also produces harvest brews, such as Grapefruit IPA, Abita Strawberry, Lemon Wheat and Pecan. Abita has a brewpub in Abita Springs where guests can sample many of the brewery’s boozy wares as well.
The Courtyard Brewery (1020 Erato St – Uptown – Coming Soon)
The Courtyard Brewery is looking to open up in the Lower Garden District in the near future, potentially this fall. The brewery recently earned approval from the city and will have a taproom as well. Its beer selection is forthcoming at the moment.
In the city’s neighboring areas, more breweries are in the works and are set to open in the coming years. You can find beers from all of these breweries at local bars and restaurants.