Our guide to all of New Orleans’ breweries, their signature beers and recommended brews.
40 ARPENT (since 2014)
6809 N. Peters Street (Arabi); 40arpentbrewery.com; (504) 444-3972, Thurs 5-11p, Fri 4-11p, Sat 11a-11p, Sun 11a-6p (closed Mon-Wed)
New Basin Milk Stout: A dark, full-bodied stout with creamy notes that soften its roasted coffee qualities (6% ABV).
Duckweed Pale Ale: A smooth-drinking Louisiana pale ale with liberal helpings of Galena, Cascade, Bravo and Falconer’s Flight hops, this beauty delivers hints of herbal goodness up front, followed by a crisp citrus finish (5.2% ABV).
Orange Blossom O-Possum (seasonal): Whole-cone Centennial hops are the star of this deep gold honey ale, brewed with over 60 pounds of honey from citrus farms in Plaquemines Parish (5.5% ABV).
Delacroix (seasonal): Literally, “of the cross,” to be enjoyed during Lent, this beer pays tribute to the Spanish Canary Islanders—the Isleños—who settled Delacroix Island and lived off the bounty of the land (7% ABV).
Oktoberfest (seasonal): The house beer for the Deutsches Haus’ Oktoberfest since 2014, the Haus Fester is a light Munich-style lager with a biscuit-y profile (6% ABV).
Copasaw: Dunkleweizen, “dark wheat,” is a traditional style of German lager. This iteration is a caramel delight with four hop additions not commonly found in wheat beers (5.5% ABV).
Red Bean Ale (seasonal): A traditional Irish-style red ale with Camellia Brand Red Beans, giving it some earthy notes (4.2% ABV).
Signature: New Basin Milk Stout
This dark beer is surprisingly light-bodied and pleasant to drink in warm weather. It was the first of 40 Arpent’s beers to be released, and the first to be bottled. A little lactose gives the beer some sweetness, but not too much.
Our Pick: Oktoberfest
It’s a cool tradition when a local brewery provides the official beer for the Deutsches Haus Oktoberfest celebration every year, and even cooler when it’s excellent. German lagers aren’t generally my go-to, but this one is great and I always order one when I see it.
BRIEUX CARRÉ (since 2017)
2115 Decatur Street; brieuxcarre.com; (504) 304-4242; Mon-Sun 11a-10p
Three Threads: A strong, black Baltic porter with roasted, bitter-chocolate notes (7.3% ABV).
Weisses & Virtues Weizenbock: Bold and complex with pronounced esters (7.2% ABV).
HopSpine IPA: A mid-90’s throwback West Coast IPA, more malt-forward than your typical IPA. With a combination of piney and earthy hops, there’s almost no lingering bitterness (6.8% ABV).
StarHazer IPA: An East Coast/Northeast-style IPA with a pale base and a slight hint of caramel malt. A combination of Apollo, Challenger and Galaxy hops rounds this beer off (5.4% ABV).
Pomeranian Fight Club Imperial Saison: A blend of lavender, rose hips and hibiscus gives this beer a rosy color and drops the pH to aged lacto-sour levels. It’s a beer for the experimental drinker and sour-lover (7.5% ABV).
Falcon Warrior IIPA: Strong citrus pairs well with powerful bitterness (8.7% ABV).
Frenchmen Biere de Garde: Light amber with a toasted malt aroma, slight sweetness and bold yeast character (6% ABV).
Signature: Pomeranian Fight Club Imperial Saison
The brains behind Brieux Carre asked, “Everyone makes a Saison, so why not make it bigger?” The goal for this brew was to create a high-ABV beer with an intense floral aroma that sneaks up and nips you as you sip, much like a feisty Pomeranian might.
Our Pick: StarHazer IPA
I admit it, I’m a sucker for an easy-drinking, flavorful IPA (or pale ale) and StarHazer is great. Apollo, Challenger and Galaxy hops taste great together, and they all have space-themed names.
COURTYARD BREWERY (since 2014)
1020 Erato Street (Lower Garden District); courtyardbrewing.com; Mon-Wed 4-9:30p, Thurs-Sat 11a-10:30p, Sun 11a-9:30p
See You In Mexico: A refreshing American wheat beer that favors hoppy notes over yeast character (5% ABV).
Blanche de Orleans Witbier: A refreshing wheat ale that’s pale in color (4.8% ABV).
Baby IPA: A bitter and moderately strong American pale ale (4.7% ABV).
Preach!: An intensely hoppy pale ale with minimal malt character, designed to showcase its strong hop flavors (8% ABV).
Sonic Youth in 1983: A hybrid IPA with lots of tropical fruit aroma and flavor, fermented with English yeast and brewed with Columbus, Simcoe, Crystal, Nelson and Mosaic hops (6.5% ABV).
Prose vs. Poetry: English-style bitter (5.4% ABV).
Signature: Baby IPA
This beer’s been on tap at Courtyard since the beginning. It’s a low-gravity session IPA, originally brewed for a pregnant beer lover to enjoy every now and again. It’s a great starter IPA at a brewery with many different IPAs on tap.
Our Pick: Preach!
I don’t love double IPAs—they’re boozy and have a lot of hops and bitterness to chew through. But Preach! is a gorgeous beer, hopped with both Citra and Mosaic. It’s like the finest liquid gold going down your throat, and when on tap, I find myself going back to it again and again—sometimes in less than a straight line, due to the 8% ABV.
CRESCENT CITY BREWHOUSE (since 1991)
527 Decatur Street (French Quarter); crescentcitybrewhouse.com; (504) 522-0571; Sun-Thurs 11:30a-10p, Fri-Sat 11:30a-11p
Pilsner: A light, crisp and traditionally hoppy beer with a soft palate and flowery bouquet. Light, both in color and taste, this is a “classic” Old World beer (5% ABV).
Red Stallion: A malty, aromatic and hoppy mixture. Copper-colored and Vienna style, this beer is medium-bodied and full of flavor (5.8% ABV).
Weiss Beer: Golden, unfiltered wheat beer that’s smooth, with hints of banana (5% ABV).
Black Forest: A full-bodied dark mahogany beer, with a rich, malty texture and sparsely hopped, in the traditional Munich style (5% ABV).
IPA: With assertive bitterness and aroma of American hops, resinous and piney, this ale also offers a hint of citrus (6% ABV).
Brewmaster Wolfram Kohler points to the Pilsner as the quintessentially perfect style. It’s his personal favorite to brew and drink, and it’s the most popular beer sold at Crescent City Brewhouse. It embodies Kohler’s brewing philosophy about the grand tradition of brewing: “Beer is a very sacred and simple concoction of four ingredients,” he says. “What I’m doing is what people have been drinking for the last 500 years.”
Our Pick: IPA
Crescent City Brewhouse has produced traditional German styles exclusively during most of its 25+ years, but Kohler recently bowed to the popularity of the IPA in the beer-drinking world and has had one on regularly for the past year. CCB’s IPA is a traditional, balanced version, somewhere between the British and West Coast styles.
GORDON BIERSCH (since 2004)
200 Poydras Street (Warehouse District); gordonbiersch.com; (504) 552-2739; Sun-Thurs 11a-midnight, Fri-Sat 11-1a
Golden Export: A light, refreshing lager, delicately hopped with a clean, crisp finish. The demand was so high when it was first brewed in the 1870s, that it was “exported” to other regions (5% ABV).
Hefeweizen: This traditional German wheat beer is left unfiltered to bring out its sparkling, yet subtle, notes of banana and clove. The style was once reserved for Bavarian royalty, but evolved into a breakfast or after-church beer, a testament to its refreshing palate (5.5% ABV).
Schwarzbier: Literally “black beer” in German, this delectably dark lager has a surprisingly light body with a dry and delicious roasted-coffee finish (4.3% ABV).
Marzen: An extremely smooth, auburn-colored Bavarian lager with a mildly sweet, Munich malt finish. GB’s most popular beer, this style was originally brewed in Germany in the month of March (“März” in German) and then stored in caves to be drunk during warmer weather when lager brewing was illegal (5.7% ABV).
Czech Pilsner: A classic Bohemian-style Pilsner with a rich, golden hue, medium-bodied and boldly bitter with spicy Saaz hops from the Czech Republic (5.6% ABV).
Citra IPA: New England-style IPA with three pounds of Citra hops per barrel for dry-hopping (6% ABV).
All of the Things: Hop-forward, hazy and juicy New England-style IPA with Mosaic, Citra and Ekuanot hops (8.5% ABV).
Revelator Coffee Lager: A collaboration with local coffee roaster Revelator for a coffee-forward dark lager that tastes like smooth cold-brew coffee in a pint glass (5% ABV).
Dry-hopped Berliner Weisse (seasonal): GBNO’s first sour with subtle Wakatu and Mosaic hops to balance the tartness (4.5% ABV).
Signature: Czech Pilsner
While it can be difficult to distinguish between pilsner sub-styles, Gordon Biersch’s Czech Pilsner is a beautiful example and one of the best outside the Czech Republic. Light-bodied and clean, it provides an explosion of subtle flavors.
Our Pick: Citra IPA
Although Gordon Biersch is a chain with locations all over the country, the beer for each spot is made on-site, and in recent years, brewers have had more latitude to create their own recipes beyond the German-style flagships. Brewer Nick Anzalone has experimented with different IPA styles as well as barrel-aged beers. He’s found success in recreating the hazy, less bitter and more hop-juicy style pioneered in Vermont and Western Massachusetts known as New England IPA. This Citra IPA is regularly on tap and a great example of the style.
NOLA BREWING (since 2008)
3001 Tchoupitoulas Street (Lower Garden District); nolabrewing.com; (504) 896-9996; Mon-Sun 11a-11p
NOLA Blonde: A well-balanced, full-flavored ale brewed year-round (5% ABV).
NOLA Brown: A dark beer designed for year-round consumption, NOLA Brown is an English-style brown ale that’s both full of flavor and light-bodied. Since it’s on the lower end of the ABV spectrum, you can enjoy it all day long, making it a brewery favorite (3.9% ABV).
Hopitoulas IPA: This brew gets its distinctive West Coast bite from a combination of six hops, with six malts providing a sweet, smooth finish. The result is a balanced IPA anyone can enjoy, from the experienced craft drinker to those just learning to like hoppy beer (6.5% ABV).
7th Street Wheat: Exceptionally light and refreshing with fresh lemon basil added after fermentation for a subtle herbal hint (4.5% ABV).
Mecha: Formerly known as Mecha Hopzilla, this is an American Imperial IPA with a unique combination of four different hops and a half-pound-per-barrel dry-hop process resulting in a powerful flavor that’s not for the faint of heart (8.8% ABV).
Rebirth Pale Ale: A Citra and Simcoe-hopped pale ale born out of a partnership between NOLA Brewing and Rebirth Brass Band with a portion of the profits supporting the Roots of Music, a program that empowers New Orleans youth while preserving the city’s musical heritage (5% ABV).
Irish Channel Stout: Smooth, rich, dark and delicious. Strong espresso up front with a touch of baker’s chocolate on the finish. Balanced with a crisp bitterness produced by American hops and roasted barley (6.8% ABV).
Hurricane Saison (seasonal): The Belgian saison yeast imparts a fruity essence that’s been likened to passion fruit or mango. Its balanced blend of three hops and five malts is accented by the addition of cumin, peppercorns and grains of paradise (6.5% ABV).
Flambeau Red (seasonal): Bright and with significant depth thanks to seven unique malts, three hops and an American ale yeast, this beer is an incredibly well-balanced New Orleans-style red ale (5.7% ABV).
Muses (seasonal): Mardi Gras is a celebration for the masses, and Muses is intended to be a beer for everyone. A Belgian-style ale, light on the palate with low bitterness, select American hops provide a mild citrus edge to the traditional Belgian yeast flavor and aroma (4.4% ABV).
Darkest Before Dawn (seasonal): A pure Munich-style Dunkel. Dark copper in color. Rich and malty with notes of sweet chocolate and caramel (5.5% ABV).
Prytania Imperial Porter (seasonal): Brewed in the traditional British style, the Prytania Imperial Porter is big, bold and rich, reminiscent of high-quality bittersweet chocolate both in color (very dark, but not black) and in sweetness (but not overly sweet). Malty, roasted flavors mask the high ABV. Nice hop presence with notes of caramel (8% ABV).
Lowerline (NOLA Funk Series): Named for its low pH (and the street in uptown New Orleans), Lowerline is a mouth-puckering sour beer completely fermented with lactobacillus. The lack of brewer’s yeast gives the beer earthy, fruity and funky flavors (4% ABV).
Piety (NOLA Funk Series): Named for the street in the Bywater, Piety Ale is “Cherry Pie” remixed to a bounce beat. Its blend of lactobacillus and brettanomyces make Piety sour and funky, while the barrel-aging and tart cherries show off its sweet and sassy side (4% ABV).
Sauvage (NOLA Funk Series): The wild side of pale, Sauvage is Rebirth Pale Ale fermented with the Dirty Dozen Brett Blend in French Oak barrels, resulting in woody, earthy notes. Sauvage is finished with not just one but two encores of dry-hopping, and best enjoyed fresh (5% ABV).
Arabella (NOLA Funk Series): Inspired by peach lemonade on the porch after a hot day, Arabella is fermented with 100% lactobacillus and peach puree for a refreshing peach aroma. Sweet at first glance, but incredibly tart, funky and complex once you get to know her (4% ABV).
Although NOLA Blonde and Brown were the first two beers created at NOLA Brewing, the Mecha came about when founder Kirk Coco realized that there was a growing sophisticated beer-drinking population here. Formerly known as Mecha Hopzilla, this hop-forward double IPA was the first in NOLA Brewing’s line of high-gravity beers. Upon its release, it sold more than three times as quickly as Coco had dared hope, pointing to the evolution of Louisiana craft beer culture.
Our Pick: Sauvage
One of the tent poles of NOLA’s sour/wild yeast beer program (the Funk Series), Sauvage is the only Brettanomyces-fermented beer in the portfolio. Using Brett in a beer imparts an earthy, barnyard flavor, and subsequent dry-hopping creates a home run with notes of citrus and tropical fruit. This beer won a silver medal at the prestigious World Beer Cup awards in 2016 in the “Brett Beer” category.
PARLEAUX BEER LAB (since 2017)
634 Lesseps Street (Bywater); parleauxbeerlab.com; (504) 702-8433; Mon, Thurs, Fri 3-10p, Sat 12-10p, Sun 12-8p (closed Tue-Wed)
Tom Hayze Pale Ale: Yes, a hazy pale ale (6% ABV).
Grassy Kölsch: A classic Kölsch with a twist. Hopped with Lemondrop and Hallertau Blanc and with an addition of fresh lemongrass, this beer has a delicate, fruity aroma and a crisp, clean finish (5.6% ABV).
Rooibos Alt: Pretty much what you’d expect; an alt beer infused with rooibos tea (4.9% ABV).
Backyard Farmhouse Saison: A summer saison brewed with rye, wheat and New Zealand hops, fermented with a mixed culture. Floral and lemony on the nose, it finishes with a peppery dryness common for the style (6.2% ABV).
Extra Special Brexit ESB: Cheeky English ESB that’s super smooth—also served on nitro (5.2% ABV).
Stolen Copper Ale: Hoppy copper ale—also served on nitro (6.2% ABV).
If It Ain’t Baroque Vienna Lager: Rich and nutty Vienna lager (5.7% ABV).
Express Yourself IPA: A bright, sunshine-y IPA that’s dry-hopped with Denali, El Dorado and Super Cascade (7.2% ABV).
The Lucy: Oatmeal stout finished with locally roasted cold brew coffee and vanilla bean (5.9% ABV).
Brett Stout: Brettanomyces-fermented stout with dark cherries, raspberries and port-soaked American oak (4.2% ABV).
Here Gose Nothin’: A tart and refreshing brew made with German pilsner and wheat malt, fresh ginger, fresh lime zest, Himalayan pink salt and Indian coriander (5.2% ABV).
Wild Hay Ride: Fermented with a mixed culture of saison and brettanomyces with an addition of fresh mango. A crisp beer with notes of hay, fruit and funk (6.5% ABV).
Signature: Rooibos Alt
The “Lab” part of Parleaux’s name is an important one. Experimentation is central to the brewery’s identity, and this rooibos tea-infused German alt beer captures that perfectly. It was one of the first four beers Parleaux made when they first opened up.
Our Pick: Here Gose Nothin’
Just because it’s hot out doesn’t mean light-bodied blondes or pilsners are the only option. Sometimes you want something thirst-quenching with some flavor to it. Gose is an old-school German style making a crazy comeback in the beer world over the last few years. Traditionally brewed with salt and coriander, Parleaux’s version also includes lime zest and ginger—a cooling concoction that’s bright and stimulating, which is important these dog days!
PORT ORLEANS BREWING CO. (since 2017)
4124 Tchoupitoulas Street; portorleansbrewingco.com; (504) 266-2332; Wed-Mon 11a-11p (closed Tue)
Riverfront Lager: Inspired by Munich’s famous biers, this golden lager is crafted with a distinct American sensibility with a peachy nose and a soft, malty character (5% ABV).
Storyville IPA: A lighter India Pale Ale, copper in color, with lemon and grapefruit flavors (6% ABV).
Slack Water Brown Ale: Dark brown and almost garnet, this medium-bodied beer drinks lighter than it looks, starting with a nose of chocolate, coffee and caramel (5.3% ABV).
Signature: Slack Water Brown Ale
Brewmaster Brian Allen’s focus is solid, low-gravity, classic styles. This brown ale delivers.
Our Pick: Zwickelbier
A taproom-only beer for now, this Zwickelbier (also known as Kellerbier) is a solid, food-friendly choice that’s perfectly balanced between hops, grain and yeast. The style is traditionally unfiltered, which brings all of the beer’s notes to the nose and tongue without interference.
ROYAL BREWERY (since 2017)
7366 Townsend Place; royalbrewerynola.com; (504) 723-4151; Thurs-Fri 4-9p, Sat-Sun 11a-9p (closed Mon-Wed)
Culicidae Ale: This American pale ale is fermented with British yeast for a light-to-medium body and dry finish (5.9% ABV).
Signature/Our Pick: Culicidae Ale
Royal offers only one beer at press time, but it’s a flavorful ale that’s pleasant to drink in the heat. American hops lend a fruity bitterness while British ale yeast pumps up the floral characteristics.
SECOND LINE BREWING (since 2015)
433 N. Bernadotte Street (Mid-City); secondlinebrewing.com; (504) 248-8979; Wed-Fri 4-10p, Sat 12-10p, Sun 12-8p (closed Mon-Tue)
Batture Blonde Ale: An easy-drinking beer brewed with gently kilned pale malts and classic European hops (5.2% ABV).
Route 47 Red: Generous amounts of dark specialty malts play opposite an abundance of Cascade, Citra and Chinook hops, resulting in an IPA with a rich red hue, floral nose and a mouthful of hoppy love (7% ABV).
Pale Ale: Traditional British pale ale malt, classic American hops and a proprietary water profile result in a brew with a good hop presence and balanced malt flavor (5.5% ABV).
IPA: Heaps of hops and restrained malts come together to produce an IPA with a great floral aroma and assertive citrus/grapefruit flavor (6% ABV).
Signature: Batture Blonde Ale
This was an accidental creation that went on tap at the brewery and became an instant hit. It’s sort of a hybrid between a golden and blonde ale and a kolsch.
Our Pick: Route 47 Red
This red IPA is indicative of Second Line’s careful attention to its malt bill—even in beers with low malt presence. Route 47 is big, bold and aggressively hopped with classic West Coast hops, anchored in easy-drinking malt. It’s named after the nearby Route 47 Canal Street streetcar line that goes all the way up to the cemeteries.
URBAN SOUTH (since 2016)
1645 Tchoupitoulas Street (Lower Garden District); urbansouthbrewery.com; (504) 267-4852; Mon 4-9p, Wed-Thurs 4-10p, Fri 12-9p, Sat-Sun 11a-9p (closed Tue)
Charming Wit: Brewed with coriander and orange peel (4.9% ABV).
Holy Roller IPA: Brewed with Centennial, Cascade, Mosaic and Citra hops (6.3% ABV).
Coop’d Up Farmhouse Ale: This tart farmhouse ale is dry, bright and citrusy. Brewed with Mandarina Bavaria and Hallertau Blanc hops, it’s also soured with lactobacillus to give it a crisp, tart finish with honey and citrus notes (5.5% ABV).
Delta Momma (seasonal): A crisp Vienna-style beer that throws tradition aside. Delicate and semi-sweet with Citra hops (5.5% ABV).
Oktoberfest (seasonal): A full-bodied, malty Märzen for the fall (5.8% ABV).
Rectify Coffee Porter (seasonal): A collaboration between Congregation Coffee and Urban South Brewery, this beer features a third-wave coffee blend, including Yirgacheffe beans from Ethiopia, Mogiana Eagle from Brazil and fair-trade organic beans from Colombia (5.8% ABV).
Hello Darlin’ (seasonal): Brewed with Mandarina Bavaria, Hallertau Blanc, Citra and Azacca hops, this ‘Merican pale ale has subtle notes of tangerine and tropical fruit (4.5% ABV).
2nd Set Pilsner (seasonal): Bohemian style pilsner (5.5% ABV).
Modillion Double Dryhopped IPA (Architecture series): The first release in the Architecture series, Modillion double dry-hopped IPA is brewed with a simple malt bill designed to showcase the hops. It’s dry-hopped with Mosaic, Simcoe, Galaxy and Citra (6.3% ABV).
Finial Double IPA (Architecture series): Dry-hopped with Mosaic, Simcoe, Galaxy and Amarillo hops, this double IPA is the second release in the Architecture Series (8.5% ABV).
Signature: Holy Roller IPA
Holy Roller has gained a place as one of the most solid, consistent and tasty IPAs produced locally. Grapefruit Holy Roller is a taproom-only favorite.
Our Pick: Modillion
This is a lovely, full-flavored and hoppy beer that’s a pleasure for all of the senses. Urban South’s Architecture series of limited-edition beers is a tip of the cap to the beautiful architecture of the South. Although Modillion is the beer most frequently produced in the series, there are an additional two beers yet to be seen—Colonnette, a hoppy saison, and Quatrefoil Grand Cru.
WAYWARD OWL (since 2016)
3940 Thalia Street (Broadmoor); waywardowlbrewing.com; (504) 827-1646; Tue-Fri 3-9p, Sat-Sun 12-9p (closed Mon)
Clean Slate IPA: This IPA has a light malt base, dry bitterness and citrus, pine and fruit notes (6.6% ABV).
Family Tree Kristallweizen: This crystal clear German ale is the perfect “gateway” beer. Light and crisp, with a nice lemon zing (5% ABV).
Scops Scotch Ale: Rich and smooth with dried-fruit flavors and a little smokiness (7% ABV),
Tawny Twit English Pale Bitter: Made with UK Pilgrim and Sonnet hops with a healthy dose of German rye malt, this crowd-pleaser has smoke on the nose and a malty finish (5.5% ABV).
The Grind Brown Ale: An oatmeal brown ale with coffee and a little lactose, made in collaboration with a local coffee provider to calculate proper grind and steep time; an easy-drinking, light brown ale (5.1% ABV).
Galactik Quaker Session IPA (limited release): This easy-drinking hop bomb is loaded with Nugget, Cascade, Galaxy, Amarillo and Mosaic (5.2% ABV).
MegaScops (limited release): A bourbon barrel-aged version of Scops. This beer starts with a sweet nose of bourbon, wood and cherries, almost candy-like. With the first sip, a wave of roasted flavors combine into a rich and dark fruit as is moves across the palate, leaving a dry finish that’s slightly tart (7.5% ABV).
Signature: Family Tree Kristallweizen
This was founder and head brewer Justin Boswell’s father’s “gateway beer,” earning it its name. The kristallweizen is a little-known German style with a flavor profile similar to the more popular hefeweizen, which has a cloudy appearance while this one is crystal clear.
Our Pick: Tawny Twit
Tawny Twit was never meant to be in Wayward Owl’s lineup. It was originally brewed to create the yeast needed for the Scops Scotch Ale, but once in the taproom, customers loved it (as did the staff). It’s categorized as an English Pale Bitter, which isn’t actually a thing, but pretty close to the traditional British ESB (Extra Special Bitter) style. I love it because the malt bill has a bit of spice from the inclusion of rye.