Brewsday Tuesday: Catching up with NOLA Brewing Company


  • Nora McGunnigle

With all the New Orleans breweries popping up (Urban South, Second Line Brewing) and in planning stages (Wayward Owl Brewing Company, Brieux Carre Brewing Company, Parleaux Beer Lab, Port Orleans Brewing Company), it can be easy to forget the brewery that has been instrumental to the recent growth of the beer scene.

NOLA Brewing Company (3001 Tchoupitoulas St., 504-896-9996; opened in 2009 and has grown quicker than anyone thought it would, expanding its beer selection, opening a two-story taproom and starting the city’s first alternative fermentation program for sour and funky beers.

The brewery releases a new beer next week in its limited-release “Lagniappe” series. A Berlinerweiss-style beer inspired by the local funk band Galactic, Tart of Steel is a slightly soured wheat beer brewed with Nelson Sauvin, Galaxy, Mosaic and Citra hops. The tart lightness is refreshing, and combined with its 3.5 percent alcohol by volume, is perfect to drink in the summer heat.

NOLA Brewing’s fall seasonal and only lager style, a Munich Dunkel called Darkest Before Dawn, hits the market on Sept. 1.

Two new beers will be added to NOLA's Funk Series later this year. The series, launched in April 2015, has been successful for the brewery in terms of sales as well as its mission to introduce sour beers to the New Orleans market. Five sour beers have been released so far: Lowerline, Piety, Sauvage, Galaxy dry-hopped Lowerline and Arabella. 

“We are garnering a lot of attention on our Funk Series, and each release has been sold out very quickly," NOLA Brewing’s director of marketing Jamie Dowd says. “Our biggest accomplishment has been winning second place at the World Beer Cup in the Brett Beer category for Sauvage.”

NOLA Brewing has collaborated with several breweries to craft sour beers and is planning to brew one with Miami’s J. Wakefield Brewing. It will feature cantaloupe, ginger and lime, and the Wakefield brewers will come to New Orleans to brew in late August, Dowd says. 

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