Abita Brewing Company
166 Barber Road, Covington, (985) 893-3143; www.abita.com
The vibe: Abita Brewing Company is the granddaddy of the local craft beer craze, and taproom visitors can taste flights of 4-ounce tasters of all the brews before hitting the courtyard and beer garden to enjoy food truck fare (Saturdays) or their own packed picnic.
What you'll drink: Year-round favorites, seasonal brews, limited releases, root beer.
Brieux Carre Brewing Company
2115 Decatur St., (504) 304-4242; www.brieuxcarre.com
The vibe: This new brewery fills a cozy nook just off Frenchmen Street and there's more space in the back courtyard.
What you'll drink: The lemon grass-infused Get Weird Wit It has 5.8 percent alcohol by volume and is the second-most sober selection. Giddy up.
1020 Erato St.; www.courtyardbrewing.com
The vibe: Strands of iri- descent light bulbs hang above this hip hidden destination for fans of creative micro-brewing.
What you'll drink: Try a house-brewed, barrel-aged stout.
Crescent City Brewhouse
527 Decatur St., (504) 522-0571; www.crescentcitybrewhouse.com
The vibe: Large gleaming kettles, an oyster bar and live music draw passersby off the streets to this longtime local brewpub and restuarant.
What you'll drink: German-style beers, including a Weiss beer and Vienna-style Red Stallion.
200 Poydras St., (504) 552-2739; www.gordonbiersch/com
The vibe: The national brew chain is known for German-style beers, and this location has a beer garden on Fulton Street.
What you'll drink: Try one of head brewer Nick Anzalone's IPAs.
NOLA Brewing Company
3001 Tchoupitoulas St., (504) 896-9996; www.nolabrewing.com
The vibe: In eight years, NOLA Brewing has grown to fill three warehouses, churn out dozens of beers and host festivals on its spot along the levee in Uptown. There are taps on two floors, with outdoor seating upstairs and McClure's Barbecue downstairs.
What you'll drink: Seventh Street Wheat is a summer staple. Or try one of the sour beers.
Parleaux Beer Lab
634 Lesseps St., (504) 702-8433; www.parleauxbeerlab.com
The vibe: Beer aficionados sit right next to the beer kettles at this new Bywater brewery built in a former garage, and there's also seating in a courtyard. The taproom is low on frills, and the beer lineup is freewheeling.
What you'll drink: Nitro dry-hopped Copper Ale flows nicely.
Port Orleans Brewing
4124 Tchoupitoulas St., (504) 266-2332; www.portorleansbrewingco.com
The vibe: A kid-friendly tasting room (and restaurant) and dog-friendly patio show the good-neighbor approach taken by co-owner and New Orleans Saints tackle Zach Strief.
What you'll drink: The main lineup of Riverfront Lager, Storyville IPA and the Slack Water brown ale.
Royal Brewery New Orleans
7366 Townsend Place, Building B, (504) 415-8444; www.royalbrewerynola.com
The vibe: The newest enterprise in the local brewery scene, Royal Brewery serves craft beers for lake-front explorers Thursday through Sunday.
What you'll drink: Now flowing: Culicidae Ale.
Second Line Brewing
433 N. Bernadotte St., (504) 248-8979; secondlinebrewing.com
The vibe: With expansive space in the warehouse and outdoors, Second Line Brewing beckons neighborhood day drinkers and crowds of revelers.
What you'll drink: Cease to Love bourbon barrel-aged stout in 22-ounce bombers in the beer garden.
Urban South Brewery
1645 Tchoupitoulas St., (504) 267-4852; urbansouthbrewery.com
The vibe: The brewery converted an airy massive industrial space for family- friendly gatherings around football, food trucks, crawfish boils and more.
What you'll drink: A refreshing double dry-hopped Modillion.
Wayward Owl Brewing Company
3940 Thalia St., (504) 827-1646; waywardowlbrewing.com
The vibe: Food pop-ups with inventive menus as creative as Wayward Owl's brews draw patrons to the renovated old Gem Theater space.
What you'll drink: Mango-passion fruit Hefeweizen brewed by the cask.
Aline Street Beer Garden at Prytania Hall
1515 Aline St., (504) 89 1-5774; www.facebook.com/alinestreetbeergarden
The vibe: This colorful spot is dedicated to German beer (available in a stiefel, or glass boot), and there is seating at sidewalk tables and food from pop-ups.
What you'll drink: Hard-to-find German beers.
Ale on Oak
8124 Oak St., (504) 324-6558; www.aleonoak.com
The vibe: An attractive modern design breaks with the laid-back student vibe of many spots on Oak Street, but there's plenty of craft beers on offer and seating on the wooden deck shared with adjoining wine bar, Oak.
What you'll drink: Watermelon Gose, a sour beer from Terrapin Beer Co. in Athens, Georgia.
The Avenue Pub
1732 St. Charles Ave., (504) 586-9243; www.theavenuepub.com
The vibe: Round-the-clock hours aren't always the sign of a business with carefully curated selections, but this two-story St. Charles Avenue bar is a wellspring of craft beers, especially from American regional breweries and Belgium imports.
What you'll drink: Parish Brewing's Envie 3.0 pale ale.
700 N. Rampart St., (504) 304-4779
The vibe: This nicely restored historic spot on the edge of the French Quarter is a good place to explore the world of canned craft beers.
What you'll drink: Craft beers or whiskey neat. Or both.
3236 Magazine St., (504) 891-1516; 5135 Canal Blvd., (504) 488-4191; www.draftfreak.com
The vibe: Both Bulldogs have wide selections of draft and bottled beers from around the globe, plus courtyard seating and a kitchen window serving pub fare.
What you'll drink: Hammond- brewed Catahoula Common or The Kingfish, a minimum-hop cream ale from Mandeville's Chafunkta Brewing Company.
Deuce McAllister's Ole Saint Kitchen & Tap
132 Royal St., (504) 309-4797; www.olesaint.com
The vibe: A wide selection of beers on draft plus a slew of TVs tuned to big games make this a happy home for those bleeding black and gold in this venture involving former New Orleans Saints running back (and WWL Radio commentator) Deuce McAllister.
What you'll drink: Easy-drinking light draft brews.
Lager's International Ale House
3501 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, (504) 887-9923; www.lagersmetairie.draftfreak.com
The vibe: This laid-back, wood-paneled lodge on Metairie's main drag offers more than 75 beers from around the world.
What you'll drink: Flowering Citrus Ale.
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