We stopped at Gnarly Barley Brewing in Hammond on the way in to the big city to get our hotel fridge stocked (never bring beer with you, always buy new) and check-out their brewery and also pick up some merch. Got their wonderful Jucifer IPA and also some Peanut Butter Korova Milk Stout plus a shirt and misc other items as I've always been a fan of this brewery. The taproom wasn't actually open but the people are super friendly and will sell you stuff including cold packaged brews.
On our first night we hit Brieux Carre Brewing Company over in the Frenchmen Street area and had a couple of brews in their nice patio area before walking around to art markets and listening to some great music in one of my favorite areas of the city.
After a 10K race on Saturday morning, we decided to keep the mileage going and walked what I've seen referred to as the "Tchoupitoulas Brewery Corridor" where in about a 3-mile stretch there lies 4 breweries. We started near our hotel at Courtyard Brewery, then on to Urban South's HUGE 2nd Anniversary Party, moved on to Nola Brewing's fantastic taproom before our last stop just down the Mississippi River at Port Orleans Brewing. All of them stand on their own as pretty unique places and we enjoyed the brews and meeting people at each. It's all walkable and feels like a pretty safe area, plus you can get a "walking beer" at each stop to help you on your way. Or call an Uber if you're a lazy ass I guess.
Finally, on the way back to the Natural State, we stopped at a favorite of mine just across Lake Pontchartrain, Abita Brew Pub in cozy Abita Springs. I'd had their Hop-On New England style IPA while wandering around the French Quarter and really dug it so it made me think to stop by the brew pub for the first time in years, where I really enjoyed a catfish po-boy and their wonderful Maison Blanc. It's a really neat little brewpub filled with cypress and slate where they brewed and bottle until 1994, when they outgrew it.
That was it for our brewery stops over the weekend, but there are also plenty of great places to grab craft beer now as it seems like every restaurant or bar has some choices. It's a great change from just a few years ago.
Here's a few of my favorite beers I recommend from this trip, in no certain order:
Gnarly Barley Jucifer
Second Line A Saison Named Desire
Port Orleans RoyalTea
Nola Hoppyright Infringement
Urban South Coop'd Up
Courtyard The Wild Party
Urban South Lime Cucumber Gose
And there are plenty more I have in my fridge that I haven't even tried yet. There are just plenty of choices in the Big Easy now.
Here's a bit of the Twitter rundown you can click on for some pictures of each stop:
Finally! Arrived in rain soaked Nola. Room fridge now stocked thanks to a quick stop at @GnarlyBarley on the way. And it begins.... pic.twitter.com/IFYyKzYB24— Woo Pig Brewey! 🐷🍺 (@WooPigBrewey) March 29, 2018
Pleasant night to sit in the outdoor beer garden at @BrieuxCarre last night after the storm stopped showing off. Love that Frenchmen Street area of Nola. So alive. pic.twitter.com/gQY0qk1hDv— Woo Pig Brewey! 🐷🍺 (@WooPigBrewey) March 30, 2018
Beautiful day to get out and hit some breweries in Nola! @CourtyardBrew is hoppin. (Hoppin? See what I did there?) pic.twitter.com/nA1bdHLmGx— Woo Pig Brewey! 🐷🍺 (@WooPigBrewey) March 31, 2018
Gotta say, @UrbanSouthBeer knows how to throw one hell of an anniversary party y’all. Killer brews, tons of crawfish and lots of fun. pic.twitter.com/k8gVz5pJcX— Woo Pig Brewey! 🐷🍺 (@WooPigBrewey) March 31, 2018
Good brew lineup at @NOLABrewing right now. My first visit to this taproom. Cool spot. pic.twitter.com/qOus53I99z— Woo Pig Brewey! 🐷🍺 (@WooPigBrewey) March 31, 2018
Loved the visit to @portorleansbeer and had some nice brews. Very cool people too. pic.twitter.com/gpGuc39aeY— Woo Pig Brewey! 🐷🍺 (@WooPigBrewey) March 31, 2018
Been years since I visited @TheAbitaBeer Brewpub. Still fantastic. Won’t wait as long next time. Catfish po-boy and Maison Blanc = #HappyEasterDay pic.twitter.com/tpFQLBrdiQ— Woo Pig Brewey! 🐷🍺 (@WooPigBrewey) April 1, 2018