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The Best Breweries in New Orleans: Your Guide to Hopping Around the Big Easy

While New Orleans is well-known for its cocktails, it’s also home to a flourishing craft beer scene. From established breweries with award-winning ales to innovative newcomers pushing the boundaries of flavor, the city offers a diverse selection of suds to satisfy every palate. Whether you’re a seasoned beer aficionado or just starting to explore the world of craft brews, here’s your guide to some of the best breweries in New Orleans:

Miel Brewery & Taproom

Close up of a can of beer in the courtyard of Miel Brewery

Situated in the heart of New Orleans’ Irish Channel neighborhood, Miel is a community-focused brewery that boasts a beautiful beer garden, perfect for enjoying a sunny afternoon with friends. Founded by a husband-and-wife team with a passion for small-batch beers, this neighborhood brewery takes its name from the Spanish & French word for honey.

Miel is one of my favorite (and definitely most visited) breweries in the city for so many reasons. Their aesthetic courtyard is cozy, with lush greenery, colorful murals, and of course disco balls -because why not? It’s the perfect spot to enjoy a good beer on a beautiful day. They offer a variety of beers, as well as seltzers, slushies -these are great in the summertime, and even a few non-alcoholic options.

They have rotating food pop-ups daily and events like trivia, bingo, and craft nights. You can check their schedule here. And of course, they’re dog-friendly, even offering treats at the bar so your four-legged friends can partake in the fun!

Port Orleans Brewing Company

Uptown you’ll find Port Orleans, just a short drive down the street from Miel Brewery. With a variety of beers on tap, there’s something here for everyone to enjoy. My personal favorite is the Apple Pie Tart Ale, but I’d recommend trying a flight or hitting up their happy hour (3-6 pm Monday through Thursday) because they always have fun options.

They have a spacious taproom where you’ll find plenty of seating, as well as their kitchen serving Avo Taco. Out front there’s a covered patio with bench seating, including built-in hooks for your pup’s leash, and in the adjacent courtyard you’ll find more picnic tables. They also have a lot of games around the brewery, from pinball machines to checkers and Connect Four. With ample space and seating options, this brewery is great for larger groups or celebrations.

There are some great murals at the brewery and outside along Tchoupitoulas Street (pronounced CHOP-A-TOO-LUHS) so keep an eye out for those when you visit. You can find the one below on Ninth Street right off Tchoupitoulas.

Urban South Brewery

Another Uptown brewery, Urban South boasts a spacious taproom with colorful, industrial-chic decor. They tend to push the boundaries of typical beers, offering lots of fruited sours. However, you’ll find more traditional, local favorites like Paradise Park, Holy Roller IPA, and Lime Cucumber Gose as well. And if you’re down with Cash Money Records taking over for the ’99 and the 2000, you can find Juvenile’s “Juvie Juice” here. He also does meet-and-greets at the brewery from time to time!

They tend to get pretty crowded on weekends and you’ll typically find parties going on here (which I’ll be honest I find annoying-not sure when breweries became kid birthday party central, but I digress) so I’d try to visit on a weekday if you can. I like that they have fun events like Girl Scout Cookie & King Cake tasting flights, not to mention the Harry Potter Fest this past July, where they decorated the entire taproom with all things Harry Potter!

Pro tip: If you visit New Orleans during Carnival Season (Jan. 6-Mardi Gras day) they sell the BEST Dong Phuong king cakes here daily. The closer it gets to Mardi Gras, the longer the line, so if you want one you need to get there before they open at 11 am since they only get around 40 king cakes/day. If anyone tells you there’s a better king cake in New Orleans they’re lying!

Parleaux Beer Lab

There’s a reason they call this Bywater brewery Parleaux Beer Lab -they’re always experimenting with their brews, so you probably won’t find the same beer twice. If you like sour beers be sure to make a stop here because they always have at least one on tap, and have the best sours in the city in my opinion. While the taproom is small, they have a spacious beer garden with funky vibes that’s perfect for enjoying a cold one with friends.

They have food pop-ups often, but you can BYO or order from a nearby restaurant like Pizza Delicious, Alma Cafe, or Rosalita’s Tacos. They also sell pretzels from Bratz Y’all (more on this spot down below) and salty snacks. Dogs and kids are welcome here too.

Courtyard Brewery

Courtyard Brewery is what I would describe as a dive brewery (if that’s a thing?) located in the Lower Garden District. It’s probably the most laid-back brewery you’ll find in the city, with a large courtyard scattered with plastic chairs and picnic tables, lots of greenery, and some twinkle lights. The taproom gives off 70s decor vibes, but my favorite room is off to the right, where you’ll find a faux fireplace, piano, artwork, and chandeliers.

The staff is friendly and always happy to discuss beers or make recommendations. They host a variety of events here, which you can find on their social media that’s linked above. Finn gives Courtyard two paws up for the delicious treats they have available 🐾

Within walking distance of Courtyard Brewery are a few of my other favorite watering holes that are worth checking out: Barrel Proof, The Bower, and Patron Saint.

Brieux Carré Brewing Company

Located just off the popular Frenchmen Street, Brieux Carré (a play on Vieux Carré which is the old name for the French Quarter) has a nice collection of brews on tap that will suit any palate, along with unique creations that change often. Being that it’s in the French Quarter, it’s a fairly small brewery but it’s a good place to stop & grab a cold one while you explore.

Pro tip: Skip Bourbon Street and check out Frenchmen Street for some great live music in the Quarter. Take it from a local -Bourbon Street is gross, smells terrible, and is strictly for (very drunk) tourists. It’s not an accurate representation of New Orleans and I can’t in good conscience recommend going there.

Zony Mash

Zony Mash is really unique in that it’s located inside an old theater, and they have unique beers to match! This brewery -or beer project as they call it- was started by a food scientist and restauranteur who aren’t afraid to use interesting ingredients and push flavor boundaries. For example, one of their popular beers is “King of Carrot Flowers” which is a sour made with carrots, among other things.

Inside their spacious taproom you’ll find 21 beers on tap, including weekly releases and their newest line of gluten-free seltzers. They also have great events here, from movie nights on the big screen (it is a former theater after all) to karaoke, art markets, adoption events, and more!

Second Line Brewing

Named after the iconic New Orleans tradition of the Second Line Parade, Second Line Brewing is beloved for its laid-back vibes, top-notch beers, and a rotating lineup of food trucks. It’s tucked away in a secluded area of Mid-City with a cute beer garden and a section inside for more seating. On days they don’t have a food pop-up you’re welcome to bring your own or order from a nearby restaurant. Your four-legged children (and two-legged ones if you have those) are welcome also.

Nola Beer Bus

Don’t want to worry about getting to and from different breweries? Hop on the Beer Bus! This new addition to New Orleans runs Friday-Sunday with stops at most of the local breweries. You can find the routes and buy passes at the link above.

Lagniappe

The following spots aren’t breweries, but these are great places to grab a beer while exploring the Crescent City:

  • Stein’s-this local deli has a curated selection with hundreds of beers. They source from breweries all over, making this a great place to try something new. You can mix and match 4 or 6 packs here to take with you while you stroll Magazine Street -because yes, you can drink everywhere in Nola! Don’t leave here without trying one of their sandwiches though. Stein’s is on my list of The Best Restaurants in New Orleans for good reason!
  • The Bulldog-a Magazine Street staple, The Bulldog has around 100 beers available between draft, bottles, & cans. Grab a beer and head out to their patio or take one to go while you shop on Magazine Street. *This spot is of course dog-friendly, hence the name.
  • Avenue Pub-located on the historic St. Charles Avenue, this pub has 40 beers on tap, a decent-sized food menu, and a great balcony to enjoy it all while you watch the streetcar pass by.
  • Bayou Beer Garden-this cottage-turned bar in Mid-City has a variety of beers available, a nice food menu, and a spacious patio & deck to enjoy them on. Next door you’ll also find Bayou Wine Garden for those looking for something other than beer. *Dog friendly
  • Broad Street Cider-ok this one’s not beer, but it’s got a brewery vibe with cider & mead on tap, as well as tasting flights available. It’s located right by Zony Mash, so you can make it a 2-for-1 stop!
  • Wrong Iron-another beer garden located in Mid-City (and walkable from Bayou Beer Garden if you want to hit up both) with around 50 beers on tap. *Dog-friendly except on gameday, however, no kids allowed.
  • Bratz Y’all-if you’re looking for an authentic German Biergarten, head to this spot in the Bywater. The owner moved to New Orleans from Berlin, so you can expect German-style beers and food, along with live music in the evenings Thursday-Sunday. *Dog/kid friendly

Looking for more New Orleans watering holes? Check out other local favorites Here:

The Best Cocktail Bars in New Orleans or The Best Hotel Bars in New Orleans

Cheers to good beer and great company in the Big Easy! Save this post for your trip to New Orleans ⬇

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