Abita Brewing Company
NOLA Brewing
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1. Abita Brewing 166 Barbee Rd, Covington, LA 70433

Around since 1986, this brewing company offers two IPAS—jockamo and wrought iron, as well as a good selection of ales and seasonal brews. They even have harvest brew flavors like grapefruit, strawberry, lemon wheat, and pecan.

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2. NOLA Brewing Tap Room 3000 Tchoupitoulas, New Orleans, LA 70115

At New Orleans Lager and Ale (NOLA) Brewing Company in Irish Channel, you can either post up inside its warehouse-chic taproom or at its twinkle-lit rooftop bar, where you'll not only have 32 top-notch craft brews at your fingertips, but also a full menu of Pitmaster Neil McClure's practically sinful BBQ ribs, pulled pork, brisket, sausage, and chicken. Order yourself a malty, well-balanced NOLA Blonde Ale and some Alabama-style chicken with a tangy and peppery white sauce for a truly bracing combination. The brewery's weekly guided tours give you a chance to sample an abundance of its flagship and seasonal concoctions, too.

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3. Bayou Teche Brewing 1106 Bushville Hwy, Arnaudville, LA 70512

The beers at this brewery are meant to pair with the Cajun cuisine that the owners grew up with. The brothers converted an old railroad car to a farmhouse brewery. They now cultivate innovative ales that compliment the people of Louisiana.

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4. Great Raft Brewing 1251 Dalzell St, Shreveport, LA 71103

Dark ales, pale lagers, German goose, and even a coffee brown are just a few of the brew selections available at this brewery. They also have a tasting room, conduct tours, and food trucks that come for the guests at this Shreveport brewery.

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5. The Avenue Pub 1732 Saint Charles Ave, New Orleans, LA 70130

Located in the Lower Garden District, this American craft beer pub is open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. The tap list is heavy on one-and-done offerings with enough rarities to keep the beer nerds at bay, while the bottle list is about as thick as a small-town phone book, offering up everything from Belgian farmhouses to all-American IPAs, all of which taste considerably better when paired with the famous bechamel and pork Dump Truck Fries.

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6. Courtyard Brewery 1020 Erato St, New Orleans, LA 70130

The tasting room here features a 3-barrel brewing system as well as specializing in unique IPAs and saisons. They also bring in rotating food trucks to compliment the beers they have available upon your visit.

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7. Crescent City Brewhouse 527 Decatur St, New Orleans, LA 70130

This place was the first brewpub in Louisiana, constructed in a historic two-story building in the French Quarter. The 17-barrel brewery turns out small batches of its four signature beers, and the food menu combines traditional local ingredients with modern tweaks.

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8. Second Line Brewing 433 N Bernadotte St, New Orleans, LA 70119

Named for the jazzy New Orleans tradition of brass bands marching in second line parades, this brewery in Mid-City is just as upbeat and community-oriented as those very parades, offering movie nights, tours, a beer garden with food trucks, and, of course, expertly crafted beers. The flagship brew lineup has a handful of ales and an IPA, all of which are full-bodied and plenty hoppy, plus small batch favorites like the Cease to Love, a bourbon barrel-aged Russian Imperial Stout. Parents, rejoice: your kids and dogs are welcome in the spacious beer garden, too.

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9. Urban South Brewery 1645 Tchoupitoulas St, New Orleans, LA 70130

Located in the Lower Garden District, Urban South is a giant warehouse space with just a handful of picnic tables and craft brews, plus a friendly, welcoming feel that's extended to kids and dogs. It tends to get loud in here, so you may need to sit close to hear your group, but your mouth should be busy sipping on beers, like the light Charming Wit (brewed with coriander and orange & grapefruit peels) and the hoppy Holy Roller (brewed with centennial, cascade, mosaic, and citra hops).