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29 Great New Orleans Craft Beer Destinations

Check out where to go to get your brew on in 2017.

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The New Orleans craft beer scene continues to boom, with plenty of great spots to sample both local and hard-to-find craft brews. It's been a while since the last update, so there are lots of newcomers on the board: Wayward OwlFreret Beer Room, 40 Arpent Brewing, Vessel, Black Penny, Lager's International Ale House, and Cochon Butcher (the final 2 have stepped up their game in recent months and have thusly earned their spots on the list.) (And Black Penny should have been on this list all along, so that's our bad.)

Keep an eye out for new breweries opening over the next several months including: Brieux Carre, Parleaux Beer Lab, Royal Brewing Company, and Port Orleans Brewing. Carl Schaubhut and Jean-Pierre Guidry plan to open DTB Social House this spring on Oak Street with an equal emphasis on beer as on wine.

In addition, there are more ways to get around to local breweries and beer bars, by outsourcing the driving and thinking to one of three brewery bus tours that have popped up in the past year: New Orleans Original Brewery TourNOLA Brew Bus, and New Orleans Brews Cruise.

Note: businesses are listed in order of neighborhood.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

Avenue Pub

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The unquestioned leader of the beer pack - 50 taps of American craft and the best imports, open 24 hours, and a balcony. Now paired up with Boucherie's Nathanial Zimet, so great food as well.
Nora McGunnigle

The Bulldog - Uptown

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Dog friendly, good tap list, pitchers, a great outdoor courtyard, and free pint glasses on Wednesday. Caters to a younger, lively crowd.

The Bulldog

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Another lovely courtyard with a great tap list to enjoy. Trivia nights, free pint glass night, dog friendly.

Aline Street Beer Garden

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If you are intrigued by German beer, consider this your graduate program in lagers, bocks, weisses, and pilsners. Now open during Friday, Saturday, and Sunday afternoons as well, starting at 11am on the weekend and 2pm on Fridays (opens at 4pm the rest of the week). Check out the rotating popup restaurants as well as the regular special cask nights from local breweries.

Ole Saint

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A new French Quarter bar, the Ole Saint is dedicated to providing local, regional, and American craft beer to tourists and locals alike. The staff is knowledgeable about beer and can help a beer newbie figure out what they're in the mood for. Check out the daily 2 for 1 happy hour special from 4-7 p.m.

NOLA Brewing Tap Room

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The NOLA Brewing taproom has become a social force to be reckoned with Uptown. A wide variety of beer (including specialty one-offs and small batch series), combined with McClure's BBQ, a game room, and a great spots for private parties, public get togethers, and community events.

Crescent City Brewhouse

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Opened in 1991, the Brewhouse is the French Quarter's first brewpub. Enjoy 4 flagship beers brewed in the German style as well the permanent addition of an American style IPA available on tap.

Gordon Biersch Brewery Restaurant

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Though it's part of a chain, all the beer is brewed onsite in the restaurant's brewhouse and served fresh. Free validated parking (up to 4 hours) at the Harrah's garage too.

Ancora Pizzeria

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Ancora is as passionate about beer as it is about pizza. They've expanded their draft system for a better selection of craft beer, such as North Coast Old Rasputin, St Arnold Boiler Room Berliner Weiss, Great Raft All My Tomorrows, and New Belgium La Folie.

Boucherie

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Chef Nathanial Zimet was an early adopter of providing high end beer to his diners. Boucherie has hosted unique beer dinners, and though their tap list is small (but well selected), their beer bottle list is extensive.

PIZZA Domenica

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The amazing pizzas are complemented by local and Italian craft beer, both on tap and in the bottle. Draft beer is half off M-F, 3-6pm (along with pizzas) Keep an eye out for special beer releases, when the kitchen creates specials to pair with them.

Courtyard Brewery

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This Lower Garden District beer bar and and nanobrewery serves up many tasty treats on draft. Enjoy some of the best beers in town alongside brewer Scott Wood's original creations. The brewery's expansion has doubled its indoor space with a rotating art gallery, to boot, as well as a gussied up courtyard (much safer to navigate in the dark and/or after a few beers.)
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Junction

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The Bywater beer and burger joint has 40 drafts with a lots of local representation and tasty bar food. Keep an eye out for beer events and an ever expanding selection.

Wood Pizza Bistro & Taphouse

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The newest restaurant to open up that has an emphasis on beer, Wood Pizza Bistro & Taphouse combines 40 taps with wood fired pizzas. They also offer a beer-tail of the week and often have hard to find beers on tap, so keep an eye out.

Cooter Brown's

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Multi-tap sports bar and Riverbend mainstay Cooter Brown's has undergone a management change with an overhaul of the entire beer program both in the front bar and the back bar, formerly known as the Snooty Cooter. The back bar still has a fantastic selection of craft beer and imports, but now the front bar is getting some better beer lovin' too. Also: pitchers!
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Ale's proximity to sister wine bar Oak provides a delightful shared outdoor patio, so guests can go back and forth between the two, but the bar has come into its own with its beer selection and brewery events.

Second Line Brewing

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Second Line's indoor-outdoor beer garden has hit its stride with a live music, weekly movie nights (on Wednesdays), and an ever-rotating selection of one-off beers. A few of those beers have been so well received - like the blood orange saison A Saison Named Desire (named through crowdsourcing) and the double rye IPA Alryte Alryte Alryte. Food trucks are there every night as well.
Nora McGunnigle

World of Beer - Warehouse District

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The long awaited New Orleans location of World of Beer has opened officially with 40+ taps, a beer engine, beer infuser, and hundreds of bottles and cans from, well, all over the world. Open from lunch through to late night, WOB will have live music on the weekends, trivia on Thursdays, an afternoon happy hour M-F 3-7pm and a late night/service industry happy hour Sun-Thurs, 10am-close.

Bourrée

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Bourrée follows its big sister Boucherie with providing a thoughtful craft beer selection (in addition to its signature craft daiqs, 'cause what's better with wings than beer?). Now in its permanent location on Carrollton, it now offers 14 taps of beer, wine, and cider as well as an on-premise Cajun butcher shop.

Company Burger

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CoBu2 will follow in the mothership's footsteps to bring burger lovers a great beer selection, only now the selection has expanded to 25 taps. Look for locals and seasonals to rotate on the list, including the ever-elusive Parish Brewing double IPA Ghost in the Machine. Beer's half price Monday-Friday from 4-7pm.

Urban South Brewery

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Urban South has doubled capacity in less than a year and has also been cranking out some excellent lagers, IPAs, and now, farmhouse ales. Try the new flagship Coop'd Up as well as seasonal lagers and the new Architecture Series.
Nora McGunnigle

504 Craft Beer Reserve

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This beer bottle store on Tulane doesn't just sell six packs and bombers of beer from all around the world - it has a 6 tap growler fill station and customers can create a "mix six" pack from ANY beer in the store.
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40 Arpent Brewery

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40 Arpent Brewery's tap room recently opened, and it's the perfect place to overlook the levee while enjoying the brewery's flagships, seasonals, and one offs.
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Cochon Butcher

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Cochon Butcher's bar zips through local and other craft brews at a pretty rapid rate, and regularly hosts beer pairing options for both brunch and dinner for breweries like Great Raft, NOLA Brewing, and Bayou Teche.

Wayward Owl

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The newest brewery in New Orleans, Wayward Owl is serving high quality beers in the historic Gem Theater on the boarder of Broadmoor and Central City. Grab a pint at the family friendly tap room with long, beer hall-style tables, comfortable couches, and, as a nod to the original use of the space, theater seats (with beer cup holders, naturally.)

Freret Beer Room

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The city's first and only beer-focused restaurant combines seasonal dishes created to pair with the carefully chosen tap list and growing beer bottle selection. Try the semi-regular special "a wedge and a pint" for a special piece of cheese from St. James Cheese Company paired with its perfect beer match.
This restaurant has a large format bottle-focused program meant to encourage sharing and socializing. The community tables, sharing plates, and cocktails by the carafe also support this philosophy.
Nora McGunnigle

Lager's International Ale House

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Since the Metairie location of World of Beer closed, Lager's is the only game in town. And it's definitely on point with beer selection and food menu.

The Black Penny

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The Black Penny is a laid back, romantically decaying bar for locals and visitors alike. The bar has been relentless in acquiring the best canned beers on the market (only cans, no draft or bottles) and the bartenders are very knowledgeable, friendly, and fantastic at helping customers make their way through the many options. A great place for whiling the day away over a beer.
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Avenue Pub

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The unquestioned leader of the beer pack - 50 taps of American craft and the best imports, open 24 hours, and a balcony. Now paired up with Boucherie's Nathanial Zimet, so great food as well.
Nora McGunnigle

The Bulldog - Uptown

Dog friendly, good tap list, pitchers, a great outdoor courtyard, and free pint glasses on Wednesday. Caters to a younger, lively crowd.

The Bulldog

Another lovely courtyard with a great tap list to enjoy. Trivia nights, free pint glass night, dog friendly.

Aline Street Beer Garden

If you are intrigued by German beer, consider this your graduate program in lagers, bocks, weisses, and pilsners. Now open during Friday, Saturday, and Sunday afternoons as well, starting at 11am on the weekend and 2pm on Fridays (opens at 4pm the rest of the week). Check out the rotating popup restaurants as well as the regular special cask nights from local breweries.

Ole Saint