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GoNOLA Tops: NOLA Breweries

There’s a local beer business for every occasion and craving.

Parleaux Beer Lab (Photo: Paul Broussard)

Things sure have gotten sudsy in the Crescent City as of late. With a half dozen breweries popping up in the city over the past year or so (and more still to come), it seems like every neighborhood will find itself with a brewery tap room in the near future. The cool thing is, each of these breweries, tap rooms, and brewpubs are so unique with the beer or vibe they serve, that there’s nearly a local brewery for every occasion and craving.

Here’s your cheat sheet for locally brewed beer — where to find it, when to find it, and what you’ll find. Don’t forget, there are several options for brewery bus tours (plus the newest player, New Orleans Brews Cruise) to get you to most of these breweries in style and safety.

New Orleans Breweries

Crescent City Brewhouse 

527 Decatur St., (504) 522-0571
Taproom hours: Sun-Thurs, 11:30 a.m.-10 p.m.; Fri-Sat, 11:30 a.m.-11 p.m.
Opened in 1991

The German-beer focused brewpub opened back in 1991, a mere four years after Abita started up on the Northshore. Founder Wolfram Koehler is a German brewmaster, and he’s brought his craft and love of classic styles to the French Quarter. CCB offers a full restaurant menu along with four to five German beer styles on tap at any given time. If you’re in the mood for some old school lagers while downtown, this is the place to be.

Gordon Biersch

200 Poydras St., (504) 552-2739
Taproom hours: Sun-Thurs, 11 a.m.-midnight; Fri-Sat, 11 a.m. -1 a.m.
Opened in 2004

Although Gordon Biersch is a national chain, each location makes all its own beer onsite. So, it’s still as fresh as you can get, and the head brewer has a lot of leeway to brew whatever style strikes his or her fancy. Right next to Harrah’s Casino on Fulton Alley in the Warehouse District, the New Orleans Gordon Biersch brewery is overseen by Nick Anzalone, who executes the company’s German-style flagships alongside his own recipes, such as hop-forward, hazy IPAs, witbiers, and coffee lagers. It’s a hidden gem of locally brewed beer.

A beer flight on the balcony at NOLA Brewing. (Photo: Rebecca Ratliff)
A beer flight on the balcony at NOLA Brewing. (Photo: Rebecca Todd)

NOLA Brewing 

3001 Tchoupitoulas St., (504) 896-9996
Taproom hours: Daily from 11 a.m.-11 p.m.
Opened in 2008

NOLA Brewing was the first production brewery (i.e., non-brewpub) to open in New Orleans since Dixie moved its operations back in 2005. It was also the only one in Orleans Parish until 2015. NOLA Brewing’s beer can be found in on draft in bars and in cans at stores all over the city — they have a wide variety of flagship and seasonal beers, from NOLA Blonde to Irish Channel Stout to Seventh Street Wheat made with lemon basil. But check out their spacious and comfortable tap room to try a variety of sour beers and other beer variations not found anywhere else. (And have some barbecue from McClure’s while doing so!)

Courtyard Brewery

1020 Erato St.
Taproom hours: Mon-Wed, 4-9:30 p.m.; Thurs-Sat, 11 a.m.-10:30 p.m.; Sun, 11 a.m.- 9:30 p.m.
Opened in 2014

Courtyard is somewhat of an anomaly in New Orleans. It’s a brewery (a very small one) that also carries guest taps from other breweries. The taproom is a space with an aesthetic that’s evolved, rather than planned. Brewer Scott Wood brews a wide variety of beer styles; while the San Diego native is well known for hoppy IPAs, he also brews stouts, sours, lagers, and fruit beers. This, combined with the beer that’s brought in from other breweries, guarantees a lot of options to enjoy, and a space that’s comfy enough to settle in and do so. Courtyard usually has food trucks or pop-ups onsite every night.

Broad Street Cider & Ale

2723 Broad St. 
Soft open is Saturday, July 22

The newest of the bunch is Broad Street Cider & Ale, located between Laurel St. Bakery and the Roulaison distillery on S. Broad. This spot makes its own craft cider, which it serves alongside a carefully curated selection of beer. There’s no chance of cross-contamination between the beer and the cider, which means patrons on gluten-free diets have nothing to worry about. Beautiful lighting plays up the custom-built bar and tables, and a unique wall of windows separates the pub from the cider-making space. 

Second Line Brewing

433 N Bernadotte St., (504) 248-8979)
Taproom hours: Wed-Fri, 4-10 p.m.; Sat, 12-10 p.m.; Sun, 12-8 p.m. Closed Monday and Tuesday.
Opened in 2015

Mid-City got its own local brewery when Second Line opened. Second Line’s beers are distributed throughout the city, but the family friendly beer garden is where it’s at. Enjoy flagships and experimental beers with the occasional band or film in the background. Second Line also provides food trucks to complete the beer garden experience. Although much of the seating is outside, it’s open rain or shine.

Urban South (Photo: Rebecca Todd)

Urban South Brewery

1645 Tchoupitoulas St., (504) 267-4852
Taproom hours: Mon, 4-9 p.m.; Wed-Thurs, 4-10 p.m.; Fri, 12-9 p.m.; Sat-Sun, 11 a.m. -9 p.m. Closed Tuesday.
Opened in 2016

This brewery has doubled in size twice in the past year and a half, so it’s got to be doing something right. Their flagship and specialty beers span a huge range of styles and ingredients, such as the Coop’d Up funky farmhouse and its Holy Roller IPA with double dry-hopped, grapefruit, and mango variants. Though most of the city’s tasting rooms are family friendly, Urban South has a kid’s corner with lots of stuff to entertain the little ones while mom and dad are enjoying some beer.

Brieux Carre

2115 Decatur St., (504) 304-4242)
Taproom hours: Daily, 11 a.m. -10 p.m.
Opened in 2017

A tiny brewery and tap room just off of Frenchmen Street in the Marigny, Brieux Carre has been expanding its space with a newly opened second story deck overlooking the ground floor beer garden. Or, get a beer to go and wander up Frenchmen to see what’s happening there. But the brewers of Brieux Carre have been coming up with all sorts of crazy stuff along with more mainstream styles. You can tell they have a lot of fun; you will too.

Parleaux Beer Lab

634 Lesseps St., (504) 702-8433)
Taproom hours: Mon, Thurs, Fri, 3-10 p.m.; Sat, 12-10 p.m.; Sun, 12-8 p.m. Closed Tuesday and Wednesday.
Opened in 2017

Deep in the Bywater, almost to the Industrial Canal, Parleaux serves thoughtful, creative, well-made beer in a really fun indoor-outdoor space. The beer garden/yard is as large as the brewery/tap room inside, and is lined with all kinds of citrus and other fruit trees, which the Parleaux brewers intend to use in their beers. Super friendly service, gorgeous tap room bar made with reclaimed wood, and great refreshing beer make for a great neighborhood hangout that welcomes visitors warmly. You’ll find food trucks and popups most nights.

Port Orleans Brewing Company

4124 Tchoupitoulas St., (504) 266-2332)
Taproom hours: Wed-Mon, 11 a.m. -11 p.m. Closed on Tuesday.
Opened in 2017

The brewhouse is overseen by industry vet Brian Allen with a mission to bring low-alcohol, full-flavored, under-appreciated beer styles into the spotlight. Everything’s housed in a huge converted port-side warehouse, with plenty of space to brew, drink, and for the chefs of the onsite kitchen, The Stokehold, to cook. The Stokehold strives to pair every beer on tap at Port Orleans with a special dish, creating an intense connection between brewery and kitchen not often seen.

Royal Brewery 

7366 Townsend Place, (504) 723-4151
Taproom hours: Thurs-Fri, 4-9 p.m.; Sat-Sun, 11 a.m.- 9 p.m.; closed Mon-Wed.
Opened in 2017

Housed in an industrial complex near the shores of Lake Pontchartrain, Royal Brewery is bringing beer to a very thirsty New Orleans East. Bring the family, and enjoy local popups and food trucks as well as the game room (for kids and grownups both.) Beers are served at the mid-century modern-designed bar originally built for the set of “The Astronaut’s Wives” television show. Beers are named after indigenous insect species in Louisiana (which there are a lot of) including Culicidae Ale (the scientific name for mosquito) and Termite Lager.

Miel Brewery

405 6th Street, 504-372-4260
Opened in October 2018
A small neighborhood taproom in the Irish Channel, this brewery uses honey as an ingredient for its beers. 

Nora McGunnigle is a freelance beer, food and travel writer in New Orleans, where she focuses on the unique food and beer culture of Louisiana and the Gulf region. Her work can be found in publications like Beer Advocate, Thrillist, and Eater NOLA. You can often find her holding important meetings at the Avenue Pub or Turkey and the Wolf. Follow her on Twitter at @beerfoodtravels and keep up with her work at

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