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A Beer Maven's Picks



Nora McGunnigle picks a few bars, restaurants, festivals and events where you can find great New Orleans and Louisiana beer. "There are bars with a decent beer selection here and there, but as far as 'beer bars' are concerned, things are sparse," McGunnigle says. "I find better curated lists at restaurants, which is why that list is so much longer."


The Avenue Pub

1732 St. Charles Ave., (504) 586-9243

Aline Street Beer Garden at Prytania Hall

1515 Aline St., (504) 891-5774

The Barley Oak

2101 Lakeshore Drive, Mandeville, (985) 727-7420


618 Frenchmen St., (504) 942-3731



4508 Freret St., (504) 324-1636


301 Tchoupitoulas St., (504) 299-9777


8115 Jeannette St., (504) 862-5514


2800 Magazine St., (504) 265-0421

Crescent Pie & Sausage

4400 Banks St., (504) 482-2426

Pizza Delicious

617 Piety St., (504) 676-8482


200 Julia St., (504) 252-9480


625 Chartres St., (504) 265-8123


March 9: New Orleans International Beer Festival in Champions Square

The state's premier beer tasting event showcases local brewers as well as beer from all over the world. There will be several different beer garden areas, including a cask beer garden and a cider garden.

May 13-19: American Craft Beer Week

Bars and restaurants all over the city participate with local brewers to spotlight the local craft beer scene.

Early June: WYES-TV Private Beer Sampling and International Beer Tasting

This annual fundraiser runs over two days — the first night is a smaller and more intimate VIP event, and the second is an all-day affair in a much larger space with more beers and more people.

Late Sept.-early Oct.: New Orleans On Tap

Many of the newest breweries still unlicensed to sell their beers can and do pour samples at charity events like New Orleans On Tap. Discover new brewers and what they are doing. Proceeds benefit the Louisiana SPCA.

Late Jan. 2014: Stein's Beer Day new-world.php

Stein's Deli presents brewing demonstrations, pairing information, and a bottle share at the end of the night. Stein's also offers beer classes throughout the year.

In addition, check The Avenue Pub's website for various brewery-specific special events throughout the year:


March 6-May 22: Wednesdays at the Square

Sponsored by Abita and put on by the Young Leadership Council, this is a springtime free music series on Wednesday evenings in Lafayette Square in the CBD.

March 23: Hogs For The Cause

A barbecue competition sponsored by NOLA Brewing. All proceeds support pediatric cancer family services.

Apr. 11-14: French Quarter Fest

Free music festival in the streetsand parks of the French Quarter, sponsored by Abita.

Apr. 18-June 13: Jazz in the Park at Armstrong Park

A concert series sponsored by NOLA Brewing.

Apr. 26-May 5: New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival

Yes, it's sponsored by Miller Lite — but there are one or two spots at the Fair Grounds where you can find Abita. Keep your eyes open.

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