Your Ultimate Tour of New Orleans-Area Breweries

Ready to taste some beer? Here are some suggestions on how to go about it.

The New Orleans metro area has almost overnight become a "hopping" craft beer scene. From smaller brewpubs that only provide beer on-site to full-fledged breweries that produce beer for sale elsewhere, the city has developed a rather large offering of craft beer options.

With that in mind, we attempt to "pour" through all of the choices and provide our very own tour of New Orleans beer. Enjoy responsibly!

* Breweries listed in order of date opened, from oldest to newest.

Abita Brewing Company

166 Barbee Road
Covington, Louisiana 70433

Founded in 1986, Abita Brewing Company is the largest producer of beer in the state, brewing over 151,000 barrels of beer a year. A full brew pub restaurant is located down the road at the former bottling site, and guided tours of the current facility (which include 4 oz. tastings) are available Wed. through Sun. Self-guided tours are Sun. – Fri. and access to the tap room (and its many beer choices) is available daily.

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Crescent City Brewhouse

527 Decatur Street
New Orleans, Louisiana 70130

When it opened in 1991, Crescent City Brewhouse became the first brewpub in New Orleans while simultaneously reviving a French Quarter neighborhood tradition of beer brewing.  A full selection of beer and New Orleans-themed grub awaits visitors. Open daily 11:30 a.m. – 10 p.m. and until 11 on Fri. & Sat.

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Gordon Biersch

200 Poydras Street
New Orleans, Louisiana 70130

This national chain of microbrews landed in New Orleans’ warehouse district in 2004.  The star attractions here are beer and food menus tailored to the specific location, including several microbrews developed locally.  Tours and samplings are available.  Hours of operation are Sun. – Thu. 11 a.m. – 12 a.m., Fri. & Sat. 11 a.m. – 1 a.m. Happy hour Mon. – Fri. 4 – 6:30 p.m.

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Covington Brewhouse

226 East Lockwood Street
Covington, Louisiana 70433

Opened under the moniker “Heinerbrau” in 2005, Covington is now known for being the second oldest distributing brewery in the state. They boast five flagship beers and several seasonal and “rock star” varieties.  Tasting room is open Wed. – Fri., 5-9 p.m., Sat. 11 a.m. – 9 p.m. and Sun. 12-6 p.m. Brewery tours are available Sat. at 11:30 a.m. & 12:30 p.m.

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Nola Brewing Company

3001 Tchoupitoulas St.
New Orleans, Louisiana 70115

Established in 2008 as a response to a lack of local brewing in New Orleans, Nola Brewing Company is the longest running producer of beer within the city limits. Their tap room (open daily) offers a wealth of non-canned options including several sour beers and food from onsite popup McClure’s BBQ.  Tours are available at 2 p.m. Fri., Sat. and Sun. Friday tours include tokens for two free beers.

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Chafunkta Brewing Company

21449 Marion Lane
Mandeville, Louisiana 70471

The name “Chafunkta” (est. 2011) refers to Tchefuncte, an early Indian settlement in the Mandeville area. As for the beer, they boast four flagships, including a porter, IPA, cream ale, and an Irish red.  Open Thu/Fri, 5-9, Sat 11-9, Sun 12-6.

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Old Rail Brewing Company

639 Girod St.
Mandeville, Louisiana 70448

Opened in 2013, this brewpub offers alternate takes on traditional pub fare and several seasonal brews to pair with its flagships. Hours: Tue. – Thu. 11 a.m. – 9 p.m., Fri. & Sat. 11 a.m. – 10:30 p.m. and Sun. 11 a.m. – 9 p.m.

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Gnarly Barley Brewing

1709 Corbin Road
Hammond, Louisiana 70403

Established in 2014, Gnarly Barley is the brainchild of a husband and wife team, rotating through several different varieties on tap, from porters to pale ales and all points in between.  Their stated mission: to blur the lines of traditional beer styles. The brewery is open to the public Sat. from 12 – 5 p.m. with tours at 1 p.m.

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Courtyard Brewery

1020 Erato St.
New Orleans, Louisiana 70130

Not a distribution center but rather a beer garden, Courtyard Brewery (est. 2014) nevertheless has a wide range of in-house beers available … as well as a deep list of beers from other breweries.  As an added bonus, several food trucks make regular stops here too.  Hours: Mon. – Wed. 4 – 9:30 p.m., Thu. – Sat. 11 a.m. – 10:30 p.m. and Sun. 11 a.m. – 9:30 p.m.

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40 Arpent Brewing Co.

6809 N. Peters St.
Arabi, Louisiana 70032

Just down the road from the Chalmette battlefield in Arabi, 40 Arpent launched in 2014 with a unique name and several equally unique beers (“Arpent” comes from a French unit of land measurement). The tap room is open Thu. 5-10 p.m., Fri. 4-11 p.m., Sat. 11 a.m. – 11 p.m. and Sun. 11 a.m. – 6 p.m.

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Mudbug Brewery

1878 LA-3185
Thibodaux, Louisiana 70301

Opening its doors in late 2014, Mudbug has quickly made a name for itself with some off-the-wall offerings like its King Cake Ale. There’s something for everyone though with eight different brews (including seasonals) on tap. Tap room is open Thu. 5-10 p.m. and Fri. – Sat. 5 p.m. – 12 a.m.

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Second Line Brewing

433 N. Bernadotte St.
New Orleans, Louisiana 70119

Second Line launched in 2015 and offers a little bit of everything.  Their beer garden has their distributed flagships on tap along with several seasonals and plays host to regular events. A bevy of food truck visits will keep you fed, while brewery tours are also available. Beer Garden is open Wed. – Fri. 4-10 p.m., Sat. 12-10 p.m. and Sun. 12-8 p.m. Tours available Sat. 3 p.m. and Sun. 4 p.m.

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Urban South Brewery

1645 Tchoupitoulas St.
New Orleans, Louisiana 70130

Urban South burst onto the scene in 2016 with the impressive duo of Charming Wit and Holly Roller, and has since added another flagship, Coop’d Up, and several seasonals to the rotation. This brewery also boasts regular visits from food trucks, features tours, and its tap room is kid friendly. Hours: Mon. 4-8 p.m., Wed. – Thu. 4-9 p.m., Fri. 12-9 p.m., Sat. & Sun. 11 a.m. – 9 p.m. Free tours are at 5 p.m. every day but Tue. and Wed.

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Wayward Owl Brewing

3940 Thalia St.
New Orleans, Louisiana 70125

Situated in a historic New Orleans theater, “The GEM,” Wayward Owl has been producing craft beer such as its flagship Clean Slate IPA since 2016.  Their tasting room is open six days a week and features specialty, wood-aged and collaborative brews. Beer snacks, food trucks and bring-your-own-food are available/encouraged. Hours: Tue. – Fri. 3-9 p.m., Sat. & Sun. 12-9 p.m.

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Spigots Brew Pub

622 Barrow St.
Houma, Louisiana 70360

With eight house-brewed beers on tap, Spigots Brew Pub (est. 2017) also features full brunch, lunch and dinner menus (featuring steaks, pasta dishes, sandwiches and more). Open Mon. – Sat. 11 a.m. – 10 p.m. & Sun. 10 a.m. – 10 p.m.

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Brieux Carre Brewing Company

2115 Decatur St.
New Orleans, Louisiana 70116

With a stated goal of brewing beers “as weird and interesting’ as the city of New Orleans, this 2017 addition to the craft beer scene is trying to stand out early with ingredients/flavor combinations like banana, chocolate and coffee.  The nano-brewery is open 7 days a week, 11 a.m. – 10 p.m.

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Low Road Brewing

1110 C M Fagan Drive
Hammond, Louisiana 70403

Similar to Courtyard, Low Road Brewing (est. 2017) is a microbrewery that features 10 taps of its own beer as well as a selection of beer from other breweries.  Open Thu. – Sun.  Hours: Thu. 2-7 p.m., Fri. & Sat. 12-9 p.m. and Sun. 12-5 p.m.

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Port Orleans Brewing Co.

4124 Tchoupitoulas St.
New Orleans, Louisiana 70115

Port Orleans debuted in 2017 with three brews (a lager, IPA and an ale), a big open tasting room, a location in the heart of uptown, and onsite pub-style food from new restaurant Stokehold.  Family friendly.  Open every day but Tuesday from 11 a.m. – 10 p.m.

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Royal Brewery New Orleans

7366 Townsend Place B 
New Orleans, Louisiana 70126

Situated near the Lakefront Airport, Royal Brewery (est. 2017) debuted with its flagship brew, Culicidae Ale, an American Pale Ale. Open Thu. & Fri. 4 – 9 p.m., Sat. & Sun. 11 a.m. – 9 p.m. Reservations available.

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Parleaux Beer Lab

634 Lesseps St.
New Orleans, Louisiana 70117

This 2017 addition to the New Orleans brewery roster aims to specialize in small batches of unique beers in a family friendly environment. Open Mon., Thu. & Fri. 3-10 p.m., Sat. 12-10 p.m. and Sun. 12-8 p.m.

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Louisiana Purchase Brewing Co.

128 W Pine St.
Ponchatoula, Louisiana 70454

Opened in 2017 as the first brewery in Ponchatoula, Louisiana Purchase serves pints, flights and fills growlers from their tap room. Varieties include a kolsch, porters, an IPA and more. Open Wed. & Thu. 4-8 p.m., Fri. & Sat. 12-9 p.m.

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Did we miss anything? Anything new coming up? Let us know! We'll add to this post as new places open.