A Guide to the Seven Best New Orleans Breweries to Visit


Daquiris, hurricanes, and spirits usually take the spotlight when planning a night out in New Orleans, but breweries are rising in popularity. Parleaux Beer Lab, Urban South Brewery, and Second Line Brewing Company are just a few of the local breweries shifting the drinking culture of New Orleans from hard liquor to craft brews.

New Orleans has seen an influx of breweries and micro-breweries over the past decade, providing fresh craft beer experiences. Beer lovers know that in the city, craft breweries, beer gardens, and taprooms are the best places to drink.

Parleaux Beer Lab Neighborhood Craft Brewery and Taproom

Fresh seasonal flavors and crisp lagers fill the barrels of Parleaux Beer Lab. The microbrewery lives at the edge of New Orleans’ trendy Bywater neighborhood, surrounded by dozens of citrus and fig trees, garden beds, and plenty of outdoor seating. Parleax Beer Lab offers new experimental craft recipes daily in its constantly rotating taproom. An obscure drinking experience awaits at this brewery oasis.

Faubourg Brewing Company (Formerly Dixie Brewery)

One of the city’s oldest operating breweries lives in New Orleans East. What started as Dixie Brewery in 1907 has become the thriving Faubourg Brewing Company. Each month, the brewery releases event calendars featuring live music, comedy shows, skate nights, trivia nights, and various special events. The classic premium lager is one of the brewery’s most popular picks, but to add more zest to the night, try the Dat’Suma IPA.

Brieux Carré Brewing Company

Passionate beer enthusiasts take pride in crafting the most exciting on-tap lagers at Brieux Carré Brewing Company. With a mission to stay funky and embrace the weird, the microbrewery serves new concoctions weekly. Brieux Carré Brewing Company resides off Frenchmen Street in the Marigny, a lively location known for its jazz clubs, bars, and tasty food.

Courtyard Brewery

The first nano-brewery in New Orleans opened in 2014 and continues to serve the Lower Garden District an evolving rotation of craft beers. Courtyard Brewery serves an impressive selection of full-bodied stouts, IPAs, and more in small batches. Although quaint, Courtyard Brewery has ambient outdoor seating and often hosts food trucks.

Urban South Brewery

Urban South Brewery’s atmosphere is as eclectic and flavorful as its craft beers. The spacious indoor area is colorful and full of seating and arcade games. Outside, it hosts special events, food trucks, pop-up events, and even crawfish boils. In addition to an evolving selection of sours and ales, Urban South serves its flagships Holy Roller Hazy Juicy IPA, Lime Cucumber Gose, and Paradise Park American Lager.

NOLA Brewing Company

NOLA Brewing Company is a pioneer of the craft brewery scene in New Orleans. Its year-round lagers, ales, and IPAs are staples for many locals. There’s something for everyone on tap, but the sours are a neighborhood favorite. Frequent live music, NOLA Pizza Company, and the second-floor balcony make NOLA Brewing Company the perfect place for an evening hang-out.

Second Line Brewing Company

Second Line Brewing is a woman, veteran, and minority-owned business in Mid-City known for its family and dog-friendly atmosphere. The outdoor patio offers plenty of space, ideal for large groups and the occasional food truck. Batture Blonde Ale, Coffee Blonde, MSY Common Lager, Vacation Juice Hazy IPA, and West Coast IPA are crowd favorites.

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