Before Hurricane Katrina, New Orleans was the brewing capital of the south, serving as the home to dozens of breweries. When the last remaining brewery, Dixie, shut its doors, the owners licensed production of their beer out of state and that was the end of beer brewing in New Orleans.
In 2008, NOLA Brewing founder Kirk Coco teamed up with longtime Dixie brewer Peter Caddoo, and the rebirth of breweries began. Diving headfirst into Big Easy beer culture, NOLA Brewing has curated a unique music and beer combination, bringing headliners into the brewery. They have single-handedly formed the underground music and beer scene in New Orleans.
The two-story taproom has 24 taps pouring NOLA brews such as the flagship Blonde Ale and refreshing Brown Ale, light enough to enjoy in the heat yet still dark and malty. Pair beer with delicious McClure's Barbecue, on-site Wednesday thru Monday every week. Rooted in the community, NOLA created a special Mardi Gras beer called Muses, inspired by the ladies of the Krewe of Muses. A percentage of all sales of this brew go to the krewe and supports causes like Women With a Vision. NOLA Brewing even leads weekly trash pickups in the neighborhood and helps build playgrounds.
NOLA can be found in cans and kegs throughout Louisiana and is available in cans in Alabama, Mississippi, Florida, and Tennessee.
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