New Orleans Breweries & Distilleries

New Orleans Breweries & Distilleries

Written on 06/29/2020
Guide to NOLA


New Orleans has a number of breweries and distilleries, including some of the oldest in the country. Those interested in a tour or a tasting won't be disappointed! If brewery tours are your thing, New Orleans offers everything from large-scale operations to microbreweries. We'll give you the rundown here, with a list of all alcoholic fermentations we've found in New Orleans - in no particular order. We've grouped them into areas though, so if you're planning a multi-tasting run of it, you can go from one to the next easily.



Tchoupitoulas Street Brewery Tour

Drive, Uber, or take the bus down Tchoupitoulas Street for a great selection of breweries, showcasing some of New Orleans' most famous beers. Conveniently, these breweries and distilleries are all located along Tchoupitoulas, making for a great brew "tour" down the street. We're listing them in order if you're coming from the French Quarter/CBD.

Urban South Brewery

Featuring locally and regionally famous beers such as Paradise Park, Who Dat Golden Ale, and Holy Roller, this brewery features a taproom where you can dabble in your favorites or new favorites right here at the source.  1645 Tchoupitoulas St. • 504-267-4852 • www.urbansouthbrewery.com

Miel Brewery & Taproom

This microbrewery offers a beer garden and taproom with their brews and special blends on tap. With an ever-changing list of brews, you're sure to find a beer you like, along with some great food at this uniquely New Orleans spot.  405 Sixth St. • 504-372-4260 • www.mielbrewery.com

NOLA Brewing

NOLA Brewing offers both upstairs and downstairs taprooms. The upstairs space also serves as an event rental facility, and features a large outdoor deck party space.  3001 Tchoupitoulas St. • 504-896-9996 • www.nolabrewing.com

NOLA Distillery

Vodka, Whiskey, Rum, and a variety of cocktails are concocted and brewed here at NOLA Distillery. Take a distillery tour, or try their variety of spirits and cocktails in their tasting room. This small batch distillery is sure to please with any of your favorite drinks. 3715 Tchoupitoulas St. • 504-598-5610 • www.nola-distillery.com

Port Orleans Brewing Co.

Port Orleans Brewing Co. offers a fantastic restaurant attached to their brewery. They pair food to their beers, making for a great dining and drinking experience. This is the last stop on your Tchoupitoulas brewery tour, so it's a perfect time to grab a bite to eat and one last flight of great-tasting local beer before heading to Tipitina's just a few blocks away for some great music on a Friday or Saturday evening!  4124 Tchoupitoulas St. • 504-266-2332 • www.portorleansbrewing.com



Central Business District/Warehouse District

If you're staying in the Central Business District, the area around the Convention Center and Port of New Orleans for cruisers, you may be very glad to know of these small breweries within walking distance of your hotel!

All Relation Brewing

You'll love the taproom at All Relation with its cozy bistro-style interior. Their brew list is constantly fresh and innovative, though everyone's favorites are always available. This microbrewery is a great stop for the beer afficianado in the CBD.  1401 Baronne St • 504-345-8933 • www.allrelation.com

Courtyard Brewery

This small batch nano brewery offers great-tasting locally-crafted beers. The brewers are masters of their craft, and take great care with every batch. Come for a tasting and see for yourself! This nano brewery is conveniently located right in the heart of the CBD.  1160 Camp St • www.courtyardbrewing.com

Gordon Biersch Brewery Restaurant

If you're a beer fan, you are probably already familiar with Gordon Biersch, since they have locations nationwide. This chain of breweries offers brews crafted on-location in each of their stores, and New Orleans is no exception. Gordon Biersch New Orleans is located on the casino's properties, on Fulton Street near the river in the CBD.  200 Poydras St • www.gordonbierschrestaurants.com

Lula Restaurant Distillery

This upscale distillery within walking distance of the CBD offers finely-crafted rum, vodka, and gin - all based in the Louisiana sugarcane industry. They are all handcrafted small batch offerings, allowing for some of the very best spirits you'll ever try. Paired with their excellent dining experience, Lula is a truly unique and memorable experience.  1532 St Charles Ave • 504-267-7624 • www. lulanola.com

504 Rum / Happy Raptor Distilling, LLC

Inspired by New Orleans culture and the thriving sugarcane industry, Happy Raptor is a rum distillery right here in the heart of the Warehouse District. Their brand of 504 Rum is made with 100% Louisiana molasses, meaning every sip is truly a taste of New Orleans.  Try their cocktails, or just enjoy the flavor of their rum offerings.  1512 Carondolet St • 504-654-6516 • www.happyraptor.com



French Quarter / Marigny

There are limited offerings in the Quarter proper, but we've found some, and they are excellent. Enjoy some great spirits and brews within a short walk or ride from wherever you're staying in the Quarter or the Marigny.

Seven Three Distilling Co.

This small-batch distillery offers a wide variety of finely crafted spirits. You'll probably find them in most bars around the city, but sometimes it is just more fun to try it at the source. They offer rum, gin, moonshine, vodka, bourbon, and whiskey, all created right here. Take a tour of their distillery or visit the tasting room, either way you're sure to have a fun time!  301 N Claiborne Ave • 504-265-8545 • www.seventhreedistilling.com

Brieux Carré Brewing Co.

With a constantly-changing tap list, Brieux Carré offers great local flavor with every glass of their beer. This great local micro brewery is an easy walk from anywhere in the French Quarter or the Marigny, making it a must-visit for the beer enthusiast staying in the Quarter. Their motto is "Stay funky & embrace the weird," and their beers attempt to embody the flavor of the spirit of New Orleans.   2115 Decatur St. • 504-304-4242 • www.brieuxcarre.com

Old New Orleans Rum / Celebration Distillation

This one is definitely a bit further from the Quarter, as it is at the border of the Gentilly Treme, and 7th Ward neighborhoods. However, it is also one of New Orleans' more well-known distilleries, and they offer a free shuttle ride from the French Quarter for those wishing to take a tour. Their offerings include several varieties of their Old New Orleans brand of Louisiana rum, Cayenne Liqueur, and their own Gingeroo cocktail blend.  2815 Frenchmen St. • 504-945-9400 • www.celebrationdistillation.com

Parleaux Beer Lab

We're including this one in this list because it is the only brewery we have found so far in the Bywater area. It's a little further out from the Quarter, but if you're headed into the Bywater or downriver to the Chalmette Battlefield or the Jackson Barracks museum it makes a great stop. This microbrewery offers small-batch handcrafted beers which embody the funky Bywater neighborhood where they're produced.   634 Lesseps St. • 504-702-8433 • www. parleauxbeerlab.com



Mid City Area

We've grouped several neighborhoods into this list, though they aren't all in Mid City. However, if you're doing a self-guided spirits tour, starting from the Quarter, these are all in an order which would make it easy to go from one to the next. 

Cajun Spirits Distillery

Using locally-sourced sugarcane and a highly evolved process, this distillery uses custom-made copper stills to create incredibly high-quality rum, vodka, and gin. While this distillery doesn't offer tours yet, they might give you a peek behind the scenes if you ask nicely...    2532 Poydras St. • 504-708-8918 • www.cajunspirits.com

Atelier Vie

In keeping with our region's thriving sugarcane industry, this distillery creates spirits with true local flavor. Along with the expected rum and vodka, Atelier Vie is one of few places where you can find Absinthe. Their other offerings include gin, single malt, brandy, and whiskey.  This is one of our larger distilleries, but they do have a tasting room...with free tastes of their products and excellent bottle discounts.  1001 S Broad Ave (see website for tasting room directions) • www.ateliervie.com

Porchjam Distillery

The home of Bolden vodka lays claim to being New Orleans' largest distillery. Crafted by a Scotsman, Porchjam makes quality authentic Vodka in the heart of New Orleans. This truly global effort results in some very high quality vodka with the spirit of New Orleans in every bottle.    3918 Gravier St. • www.porch-jam.com

Big Easy Bucha

No, this is not a typical brewery...but they do brew tasty drinks here every single day! Big Easy Buch produces a wide variety of Kombucha drinks in their most natural and healthy form. It's a great stop on your brewery tour...how many healthy breweries are there anyway? Whether you're a kombucha newcomer or you already know, Big Easy Bucha produces some seriously tasty drinks.  4040 Euphrosine St. • www.bigeasybucha.com

Zony Mash Beer Project

Located inside the historic Gem Theatre, this is one of New Orleans' newest micro breweries. Enjoy the relaxing charm of this old theatre while trying some of their small-batch brews.   3940 Thalia St • 504-766-8868 • www.zonymashbeer.com

Broad Street Cider

Broad Street Cider offers something slightly different in the world of New Orleans breweries. It offers cider, mead, and ale in a classic English pub-style tasting room. The relaxed atmosphere and selection of ciders and ales gives this brewery an old-world feel and charm.   2723 S Broad St. • 504-405-1854 • www.broadstreetcider.com

Roulaison Distilling Co.

Roulaison Distilling offers Alembic Pot distilled rum. This traditional style of rummaking has almost disappeared. Here at Roulaison you can take a tour and try this unique flavor, along with several other award-winning blends, including barrel aged rum and herbal rum liqueur.   2727 S Broad St. • www. roulaison.com



New Orleans East

Dixie Beer Brewery

Easily New Orleans' most famous beer, Dixie is historic, and can often be found around the country, and not just locally. With their newly-reopened taproom and beer muesum, Dixie is a destination worth the trip over to New Orleans East. Beer enthusiasts will appreciate the history, and of course, the flavors of this iconic New Orleans brew.  3501 Jourdan Rd. • 504-867-4000 • www.dixiebeer.com

Royal Brewery

With creative names for tasty beers, such as Thor's Hammered, Bug Lite, and Termite Loger, why wouldn't you stop and visit their taproom?  Located near New Orleans' Lakefront Airport and not far (a few blocks) from Dixie's taproom, Royal Brewery is a great stop in New Orleans East.   7366 Townsend Place, Building B • 504-415-8444 • www.royalbrewerynola.com

Cajun Fire Brewing Company

With a honey ale and a créme stout, your beer-loving tastebuds are probably already watering. Cajun Fire is a family owned and operated brewery, which has the distinction of being the first black-owned brewery in Louisiana and the South.   10555 Lake Forest Blvd STE 3D • www.drinkcajunfire.com



North Shore Breweries

Because of the prevalence and availability of sugarcane in this region, Southeastern Louisiana abounds in excellent distilleries and brewieries. We've focused on those specifically in New Orleans, but want to bring attention to just a couple of breweries on  the North Shore of Lake Ponchartrain. The natural springs in that area make for some exceptional brewing, and these particular breweries are famous nationwide. So, for the beer afficianado, these breweries are probably already on your bucket list. You can hit both in a solid afternoon, so we're including them on this list. 

Abita Brewing Company

Abita Beer probably needs no introduction. Like Leinenkugel in Wisconsin, Abita craft beers have spread across the country due to their popularity. Their classics like Abita Amber, Purple Haze, and Andygator bring tastebuds from all over to the Abita family.                21084 Hwy 36 Covington, LA • 985-893-3143 • www.abita.com                                                     

Gnarly Barley Brewing

While Gnarly Barley is probably lesser-known nationwide than Abita, but it is certainly regionally famous. Their brewers are well-known for crafting tasty brews using recipes and blends from around the world and old world techniques. They have gained a ton of respect in the world of craft beers, making their tasting room and brewery tour a great stop for any beer enthusiast.  1709 Corbin Rd. Hammond, LA • 985-318-0723 • www.gnarlybeer.com