There is a staggeringly small craft beer scene in New Orleans. I was in New Orleans for the RT Booklover’s Conention – there for 7 days. We ate out every meal. Want to guess how many good beers I had?
So, an overview. My experience:
In 7 days, I managed to find 5 different craft beers. 5 beers, folks. There were lots of repeats, and lots and lots and lots of Abita Turbodog. Now, I’ll admit my experience in NOLA was limited and it was only my first trip there, but to convince me of a big craft beer scene, I shouldn’t have had so much trouble finding good beer.
The Palace Cafe, right on Canal St., had not only a fantastic menu and food, but 3 of the 5 different beers I found. I had my first Turbodog there. I loved it. Great mouthfeel, hoppy, but not overpowering. Overall, great beer.
At the hotel bar – the Marriott on Canal – I had a really fantastic Southern Pecan by Lazy Magnolia Brewing Company. Absolutely loved it. One of the best beers I’ve had in a while.
Also at the hotel bar – on another night, I swear – I had LA 31 biere pale (sorry, I don’t know how to make the appropriate French accent marks). It was not great. It felt like it was trying to hard. The ‘hoppyness’ was harsh and forced.
We had lunch one day at JAX Brewery and Bistro Bar – which, for the record is not a brewery, but a restaurant in the old brewery building. The food was great and the Andygator was even better. Really smooth with just a little hoppy bite.
And during a bar hop one night, I got a Jockamo by the Abita Brewing Company at Bourbon Heat on Bourbon St. I didn’t get to rate it on Untappd because I couldn’t get a solid connection, but this was really fantastic. I’d give it a solid 4.5 stars.
So, what did I miss in NOLA?