Bourbon, Grenades & Breweries

NOLA Brewing

There’s more to New Orleans than Bourbon Street and hand grenades.

I was in New Orleans for a long weekend back in November. It was actually my third time being there, however the first two were wasted away on Bourbon. This trip I took time to check out the more classy bars, tourist attractions and scenic areas.

Amazing culture. Check.

Beautiful architecture. Check.

Creepy ghost stories. Check.

Live music. Check.

Tasty cocktails. Check.
I’d highly recommend a ghost tour, the aquarium and a stroll through the Garden District. And yes, I’ll grab that sugary green concoction while making bad decisions on Bourbon one night, but I’d prefer a tasty beer in a more chill atmosphere. So of course we spent a day exploring breweries. Here’s my reviews on the three we went to.

New Orleans BeerThe Courtyard Brewery

This place was amazing! It was in a garage-like building that had a bunch of unique seating and an outside area. Super chill atmosphere. In addition to their beers, they had a ton of tasty Cali beers on tap. Right up my alley! It was so good, I even bought a hoodie to represent.

In order of preference, we tried:

Don’t Worry About the Future (Brown Ale)

Eastern Skies (Kvass)

See You in Mexico (Pale Wheat Ale)

Diamond Cutter of the Wise (Sour)

NOLA Brewing

This place was pretty commercial. In addition to the downstairs and upstairs tap rooms, which were completely packed, they had an outdoor area with tables. It was nice, but as I’ve mentioned before, I prefer places more like Courtyard. I’d still recommend checking it out. They distribute a lot of their beers, so it’s cool to say you’ve been there (and take this sweet cover photo).

In order of preference:


Hopitoulas (IPA)

Mulberry Rebirth (Pale Ale)

Vanilla Brown (Brown Ale)

Mo-Wheat-O (Pale Wheat Ale)

Rebirth (Pale Ale)

Tea-Birth (Pale Ale)

Tart of Steal (Sour)

Urban South Brewery

We hiked here with a margarita in hand, which was amazing– why can’t every place ditch open container laws? It’s in the middle of an industrial area and a tad on the sketch side, so I’d recommend an Uber instead. It was an industrial space with picnic tables and a few TVs, which is what I like, but I think I was too upset the OSU game wasn’t playing (I hate the SEC) for me to enjoy the beer. I didn’t even log my beers (WHYYYY) so I can’t give it a fair rating, but I’d recommend checking it out. I guess I’ll have to go back when it isn’t football season.

Beer. Check.

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