New Orleans Brewing History

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July 2017

Brewery Tours For New Orleans Travelers

Brewery Tours for Tourists

New Orleans has a lot more breweries and brewery tours now than it did a year ago. To help visitors (and locals) get to several safely at one time, three beer-focused bus tours have popped up in recent months. They’re all high quality and priced about the same, but each company has its own specialty. Check their websites and reviews to find the best fit for you. Click here to more about local brewing history.

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June 2017

Let It Flow All Year Round

Let it Flow All Year Round! 

There’s nothing like a cold beer on a hot New Orleans summer day, so let it flow. The condensation on the bottle can or glass is a visual reminder of the refreshment that’s sure to follow. The aroma varies from bread to bananas to pine to citrus to coffee and everything in between. The color ranges from the palest straw gold to burnished copper to the satisfying black of a well-seasoned cast iron skillet.

Beer’s no longer just for summer days, crawfish boils and football games—it’s found a place at fine dining restaurants as well as casual eateries, from the beer geek bar to the neighborhood dive. Events and festivals and beer-themed weeks are now part of the annual event calendar.

 

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May 2017

New Orleans Celebrates American Craft Beer Week

Join us for Good Beer and Good Fun at American Craft Beer Week

It’s a great time for beer drinkers in New Orleans. American Craft Beer Week celebrations kick off beginning today. And, there’s plenty to celebrate. There are more local suds being sold in the area than ever before.

In the last year, five new breweries have opened in New Orleans. There are three companies now offering brewery tours in the city.

Patrick Healy, with New Orleans’ Original Brewery Tour, offers tours seven days a week. He says New Orleans’ beer scene has changed a lot in one year, and is making quite a splash.

“It’s exploding! We can barely keep up with it,” says Healy. “We’re seeing breweries opening left and right. It’s just been one brewery after the other. There’s a lot of great beer.”

In 2012, New Orleans had one production brewery and two brewpubs, and there were eight breweries in the state. Louisiana now has 34 breweries, including brewpubs.

He says the city has come along way since the days of Dixie and Jax, so why not celebrate our brewery success at American Craft Beer Week.

 

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American Craft Beer Week returns to New Orleans

New Orleans’ beer scene has changed a lot in one year. When last year’s American Craft Beer Week began, Urban South Brewery had just opened (March 2016), making it the third production brewery and sixth brewery (including brewpubs Crescent City Brewhouse and Gordon Biersch and microbrewery Courtyard Brewery) in the city.

Since then, five breweries opened in Orleans Parish. Wayward Owl Brewing Company started brewing in November 2016, and four others were licensed to brew in March 2017: Brieux Carre Brewing Company in Faubourg Marigny, Parleaux Beer Lab in Bywater, Royal Brewery New Orleans in New Orleans East and Port Orleans Brewing Company on Tchoupitoulas Street near Napoleon Avenue.

 

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BrewTV Interview

Talking with Patrick Healey from New Orleans Brewery Tour about the history of New Orleans craft beer.

Posted by Brewtv on Thursday, May 4, 2017

January 2017

29 Great New Orleans Craft Beer Destinations

With 29 new beer destinations, there’s no doubt that the New Orleans craft beer scene continues to boom, with plenty of great spots to sample both local and hard-to-find craft brews. It’s been a while since the last update, so there are lots of newcomers and new beer destinations on the board: Wayward OwlFreret Beer Room, 40 Arpent Brewing, Vessel, Black Penny, Lager’s International Ale House, and Cochon Butcher (the final 2 have stepped up their game in recent months and have thusly earned their spots on the list.) (And Black Penny should have been on this list all along, so that’s our bad.)

 

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November 2016

A Tale of Two Beer Tour Buses

Beer tour buses helped make the New Orleans’ beer scene one of the fast growing brewery tour destinations in the country. The New Orleans Original Brewery Tour, created and run every day at 4 p.m. by Premium Tours and Transportation, launched in conjunction with the opening of Urban South Brewing in March 2016. Premium Tours co-founder Patrick Healy notes that the tour needed three stops in close proximity, so waiting on Urban South to open was a no-brainer. Courtyard Brewery and NOLA Brewing round out the three-hour afternoon tour, which includes comfortable beer tour buses, beer samples, and a private tour of the brewery at each stop.

Healy says they will run the tour with as few as two people booked. “It’s important to be consistent,” he says, noting that information is available at most hotel concierge stands as well as online.

The small luxury beer tour buses picks up guests at their home or hotel and whisks them to Courtyard Brewery, which recently underwent an expansion and renovation. At Courtyard, everyone gets a 6-ounce pour of one of the brewery’s signature beer, and then the bartender will help even the newest beer drinker pick out a second beer to try.

 

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October 2016

2016 Urban South Brewery

2016 Urban South Brewery opens, and on the very same day, New Orleans’ Original Brewery Tour runs its first tour!

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2014 Courtyard Brewery

Courtyard Brewery opened in 2014.

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2008 NOLA Brewing Company Opens

In 2008 NOLA Brewing Company opens. 

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2005 Dixie Brewery Closing

In 2005 Dixie Brewery closes due to Hurricane Katrina.

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1991 Crescent City Brew House

In 1991 Crescent City Brew House opens. 

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1986 Abita Brewing Company

Abita Brewing Company is founded on the North Shore as the first craft brewer in Louisiana.

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1974 Jax Goes out of Business

After having been sold to a different operator, in 1974 Jax goes out of business, selling the Jax name to the Pearl Brewing Company of San Antonio, Texas. Pearl continues to produce Jax until 1985, when it is purchased by Pabst Brewing Company. 

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1956 Jackson Brewery

1956 Jackson Brewery acquires the copyright to the “Jax” name from the Jax Brewing Company of Jacksonville, FL, after it goes out of business. Within a decade, the renamed Jax Brewery grows to become the tenth-highest-producing brewery in the United States.

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1920-1933

Prohibition

1907 Dixie Brewery

1907 Dixie Brewery opens and becomes one of the well-known breweries in the South.  Its motto: “One Brewery, 45 Brands.”

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1890 Jackson Brewery

In 1890 Jackson Brewery opened on Decatur St.  In addition to Jackson beer, it produced Fabacher, Bohemian Hof-Brau, Tex, 4-X and Sabena beer. 

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1890 New Orleans Brewing Association

The 1890 New Orleans Brewing Association was founded, which forms in order to combat the practice of English brewing syndicates looking to buy American breweries to expand their market shares. The alliance of all the breweries in the city makes them too large to be purchased. To learn more about New Orleans brewing history, visit our brewery history webpage.

1885 Louisiana Brewing Company

J.J. Weckerling opens a second branch of his Louisiana Brewing Company on Jackson Avenue at Tchoupitoulas. The main building is still standing and is now part of a marine repair works. The bottling plant (on the uptown corner of Tchoupitoulas and Jackson) was demolished; that lot remains empty to this day. To learn more about New Orleans brewing history, visit our brewery history webpage.

1880s Brewing Capital of the South

New Orleans is known as the “1880s Brewing Capital of the South,” with about fifty breweries listed in the city directory.

1869 Canal Brewery

The first refrigeration equipment is installed in the Old 1869 Canal Brewery at Toulouse and Villere Streets. Visit Brewing History to learn more about Canal Brewery and beer history 

1869 Eagle Brewery Opens

1869 Eagle Brewery opens at  Tchoupitoulas (currently an electrical station). 

To learn more about New Orleans brewing history, visit our brewery history webpage.

1840s Lemp Brewing Co.

The 1840s Lemp Brewing Co. of St. Louis, Missouri, begins shipping lager to New Orleans. Due to river transit, quite a large amount of beer is lost due to both freezing barrels in the winter and exploding barrels in the summer. 

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1726 Brasserie Brewery Opens

The first New Orleans brewery, 1726 The Brasserie, opens in what is now the Bywater section of New Orleans. Owned by Pierre Dreux and his brother Mathurin, it was essentially a plantation that made its money by supplying beer to Nouvelle Orleans.

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