New Orleans Lager & Ale Brewing Company (NOLA)

New Orleans Lager & Ale Brewing Company (NOLA)New Orleans Lager & Ale Brewing Company (NOLA)
New Orleans Lager & Ale Brewing Company (NOLA)New Orleans Lager & Ale Brewing Company (NOLA)
Brewery, Bar, Beer-to-go

3001 Tchoupitoulas St
New Orleans, Louisiana, 70115-1039
United States

(504) 613-7727 | map

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4.22/5  rDev +0.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

The sun came up, we’re in Louisiana. Yes, Mississippi & Alabama were, like, sooooo yesterday and I was very good about not leaving anyone behind although it was terribly tempting and we’re only in day 2. Setting out now and a beer(s) before a bite, but we’ll be getting that on, too, as they do Q here. Some good intel from the Lyft driver on things New Orleans (I always ask the unpleasant questions, i.e. homelessness, crime, et al). And then the NOLA standalone out near I don’t know what…

It’s a sprawling brick red multi-building show. Enter through a slight out front gated area on the end and into this seemingly single room space. White painted walls with framed prints over wood plank lowers, red painted concrete floors, and a black ceiling with foam mush, blended ductwork, and fan & spinny top lamp combos. A pair of poles in the center of the room just off both ends of the bar pasted with brewery stickers and the like.

‘C’ shaped bar to the rear; pressed copper topped, dinged & stained, dark vertical wood plank base, & a piping foot rail. Seating for 6 on high chairs on the front side only. A phat piping piece with 18 logo handles runs the length of the copper barback panel, below a center NOLA logo piece and flight pricing & staff picks to each side. Vertical wood shelving units on both ends of the bar holding glassware, one of them holding GABF, World Cup, & other medals atop. 3 flatscreens above the barback; the one on center serving as a TV proper, and the ones to both sides listing tap selections (beer, style, ABV, & pricing). Sampler boards & cupboardiness below the bar. Drop cone lanterns tracing the bar overhead.

3 barrel spool tables forward the bar, 5 booths along the front logo’d windows, and a few tables shoehorned in corners. Can & bottle cooler, framed swag zone on the end, and McClure’s BBQ in the far corner (with their extensive collection of sauces) as their kitchen tenant, I guess. 4 boards on the wall along their set up listing all the deliciousness (plates, sandwiches, hamburgers, sides, & snacks), but stupid Davo, um, I mean, uh, Mr. LeBoud, wants to move on, so we are denied food at this juncture. I’m going to regret not having cued on the Q (and I did).

17 beers up, it’s a real nice mix of some of everything malt, hop, sour, fruit, spice, adjunct, and everything in between (Blonde Ale, 5%; Boil Advisory, Blonde Ale with crab boil spices, 5%; War & Peach, Pale Wheat with jalapeno & serrano peppers, 4.5%; Lemon Ginger Wheat, Pale Wheat Ale, 4.5%; 7th Street Wheat, Pale Wheat Ale, 4.5%; Pomegranate Blueberry Wheat, American Pale Wheat, 4.5%; Dry Hopped Lowerline, Sour Ale, 3.9%; Tart of Steel, Berliner, 3.5%; Muses, Belgian Pale Ale, 4.5%; Hopitoulas, American IPA, 6.5%; Guavatoulas, Guava IPA, 6.5%; Orange Mango Hopitoulas, 6.5%; Resilience Butte County Proud IPA, American IPA, 7.1%; Hoppyright Infringement, Imperial IPA, 7.6%; Irish Channel Stout, American Stout, 6.8%; Prytania Imperial Porter, 8%; Sucre Chocolate Macaron Stout, Imperial Stout with Macaron shells, cocoa nibs, vanilla, almond, & lactose, 10%). Sure, War & Peach brought the heat, but Hoppyright Infringement was best of show. And Guavatoulas & Resilience Butte County Proud IPA were also very good.

There is a large back room with a bar, racked barrels, table shuffleboard, and a mock Super Mario Brothers video game. Projection TV screen to the rear and, hey, cool strung lighting across the room. And then upstairs; a bright colorful room with some skylight action. ‘U’ shaped slab concrete topped bar with seating for a baker’s dozen. Drop bulb lighting tracing the bar on ornate pulley winch pieces and spots above. 4 spool tables to the rear overlooking the rear rear room below. Porch access on both ends of the bar. A few shy of a dozen tables and some bar counter space on a piece that opens on the barback.

A deceptively larger than it appears joint. Comfortable, good crowd that just grew & grew (as we got in shortly after opening). The beers were very good (joy) in both range and quality but I was denied Q (sadness). I did dig this place, definitely could do some time here.

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slander from New York, Apr 02, 2020
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4.38/5  rDev +4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

They offer two of my current favorites, Revivalists and Hoppywrite Infringement. Friendly servers and fun Trivia Night!

On site barbecue is excellent too.

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viking77 from Louisiana, Nov 25, 2018
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3.78/5  rDev -10.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.75

Visited the tap room on a Sunday afternoon during a Saints game. Vibe was just okay, as were the beers. Food (from an outside source?!?) looked and smelled awesome. Not a place I would run back to, but decent.

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PhineasMcClintock from Massachusetts, Oct 30, 2018
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4/5  rDev -5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

First stop while in NOLA was of course NOLA Brewing Co. We stopped in and had a couple flights of stuff. The beers were decent but nothing too exciting unfortunately. The vibe was nice, it's a smaller place then I expected. The food looked incredible and I actually regret not getting something there... live ya learn. If I found myself back in NOLA I might consider going back just for the food first and the beers second.

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Knapp85 from Pennsylvania, Sep 30, 2018
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4.34/5  rDev +3.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.5

Was in New Orleans on business and wanted to stop here before I had to fly out the following morning. I planned on going for a flight or two, then leaving. I pretty much ended up spending a good three hours or more enjoying alot of good beer and enjoying great conversation with locals and fellow business travelers.

The tap room is quite small but what I loved was how intimate it is, great BBQ with local food styles available in-house, and the lack of too many TV's around the room. It was refreshing for a change. Most importantly, the beer is quality here. I did two flights, reviews are available to read.

Far off the beaten path but worth the trek.

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jzeilinger from Pennsylvania, Dec 09, 2017
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4.15/5  rDev -1.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25

There are 22 taps available when I visited on November 1, 2017. They ranged from blonde to stout with many unusual beers in between like Berliner Weisse and sours. IPAs dominated the list. I like their flight policy -- choose any four on the list.

For food, there's a BBQ place attached which seems to be very popular with everyone here.

The place is large but very mellow. For a Wednesday afternoon, it is quite busy. Overall, I'm impressed with the general quality of the beer and its popularity with the locals.

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smcolw from Massachusetts, Nov 01, 2017
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3.97/5  rDev -5.7%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Right along the river, just south of the French Quarter. Lots of beers on tap, all their own. Had a couple of then, and they were both very good. They have a local BBQ outfit running the food concession. A pretty decent selection, and the sausage I had was excellent. I’d definitely go back!

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Boto from Connecticut, May 09, 2017
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4.08/5  rDev -3.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4

The brewery is located a good distance from the French Quarter, so had to talk my significant other to come out. The vibe was average but the Uber ride back was a breeze as there was no traffic.

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VABA from Virginia, Apr 13, 2017
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4.44/5  rDev +5.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Really great brewery with a very wide selection of in-house beers. Styles vary as well from IPAs to sours to stouts. So a visit here allows taste a great range of beers.

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4.39/5  rDev +4.3%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Stopped in for lunch on a weekday and pleasantly surprised that teamed up with a local BBQ joint. It was quite because it was a weekday but the bartender was super friendly and knowledgeable. They had about 20 beers on tap as well as crowlers, cans and bottles to go. Awesome beer selection with a great mix of styles of blends. They had just tapped a few sours which were unique and well done. The BBQ joint inside made some kickass tacos and I recommend trying everything they had. A definite stop when you are in the area. The best beers in New Orleans and a great place to chill.

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BeerTwigs from New York, Feb 01, 2017
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3.99/5  rDev -5.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4

A nice big, chill space out in a very industrial type part of New Orleans. Relaxed vibe on a sunday night - not too full but lively enough that it didn't feel too quiet. Lots of their beers on tap - seemed like a lot of variety with some sours on offer. Not every beer I tried hit the mark but I liked the efforts. BBQ was solid.

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Barnoloid from Illinois, Nov 19, 2016
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4.17/5  rDev -1%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

Located a few miles away from the hustle and bustle of the French Quarter this place is a nice change of pace from Bourbon Street.
There is a downstairs bar with their full draught list, and an upstairs bar with a few less beers but a nice seating area and outside patio. Downstairs shares space with a nice BBQ joint, and has some restaurant-style seating, but space can get a little tight near the bar because its the first thing you see when you walk in. Upstairs was completely open when we arrived, and we had the bar all to ourselves. Though not as many taps as downstairs, they had their small batch beers available, as well as quite a few can and bottle options. Bartender was super nice, and seemed to enjoy being there (which is always nice). There are 2 tv's up there, board games, and a photo booth.
Beer ranged from sub-par to quite good (a range you see from many breweries), however it was the best I had while there (in a land ruled by Abita and macro).
We got Uber to and from, so didn't have to worry about parking, but it was real easy to get to - though I wouldn't walk there from the French Quarter. All in all, it was a real nice experience and you should definitely check it out if you're in the area.

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hopsputin from New Jersey, Jul 27, 2016
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4.13/5  rDev -1.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25

Solid place, overall except location (did not have car so not totally their fault). We enjoyed the multitude of beers on tap and had excellent service. Quite the variety in beer quality from poor to excellent. Would go back if back in NOLA.

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MNBeerGeek from Minnesota, Apr 12, 2016
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3.85/5  rDev -8.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75

Love the BBQ here. Beer selection is decent, with wide range of styles that reflect their sour program and flights available. Ample indoor and outdoor seating. Trivia night is fun. Bartenders/service is friendly and attentive. Vibe is pretty laid back/typical bar.

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4.1/5  rDev -2.6%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25

Nice place outside of the Quarter. A slew of taps with a good selection of styles. Seating inside, outside and and upstairs deck. Unfortunately it was a little too crowded to navigate the food (bar-b-que place they share the space with) and the beer without a waitstaff but it gives a good reason to go back.

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smbslt from Illinois, Jan 17, 2016
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3.43/5  rDev -18.5%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 2.75 | selection: 4

I've been to this place a few times on my trips to New Orleans and they have made quite an effort to provide a comfortable area for patrons to enjoy their beers. Whereas it was once an open plan warehouse for all comers to gather round before or after a tour and grab a plastic cup full of a select free brew, there is now a proper bar in an enclosed room with a few tables and booths, and another, smaller bar right above it upstairs with a fairly large balcony.

NOLA puts a lot of brews on tap from their flagship lineup, to an award winner, and a lot of experimental fruity, sweet, or sour brews. Some of these are quite weird and unrefined, others really intrigue the palate, but nothing is really amazingly delicious. Sizes vary, mostly at your whim, with flights, growlers, and even crowlers available. Although these facts aren't always readily clear to the new or infrequent patron.

Service is hit or miss, and can get pretty lazy at times, probably due to how exhausted the bartenders get after a tour. They end up serving a huge load of people free beer who aren't even really drinking much of it, but just sitting there taking up space, while the other paying customers are just waiting for the college crowd to pour back out into the hot, sticky daylight. It's not a bad vibe, with some board games available to mess with, a couple of TVs, and large windows and spaces upstairs to let a lot of sun in. Instead of a food truck, they now have an actual walk up window indoors to place a food order. There is a fly problem from time to time, but overall it is much more mellow and enjoyable when a tour isn't going through.

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Sabtos from Ohio, Dec 15, 2015
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3.25/5  rDev -22.8%
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 3.25 | service: 3.25 | selection: 3.25

Everything about our visit was average. Walked in to an almost empty tap room and was greeted by a bartender that wasn't interested in being at work. Ordered a flight and the one patron that was in the place made a snarky comment about serving flights, like they were below him in some way. 1 out of the 4 beers in the flight was above average. Ordered 2 more beers I thought I would enjoy more. Glad I did because they were much better. The Amarillo hopitoulous was good and the cherry sour they had was good. Left unimpressed.

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NateMac13 from Illinois, Mar 22, 2015
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4/5  rDev -5%

The taproom is a nice place to have a pint or two with some friends, and also the best place to try some of NOLA's specialty beers. My only complaint is that the place is lacking a bit in atmosphere, but I'm sure that'll improve in time. Aside from Avenue Pub, this is probably the best place to grab a solid craft beer in New Orleans.

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Mikecap from Rhode Island, Oct 21, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +12.8%

Fantastic tour! Every Friday from 2-3 a free tour with unlimited free beer takes place. The owner is often present and also gives tours. Big advocates of home brewing and very friendly people. They produce some awesome beer at some awesome prices and the best of it you can have right there. They also have a bar at the brewery that operates normal hours where you can try new beers they are experimenting with. Definitely worth a visit!

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3.75/5  rDev -10.9%

This brewery has a laid-back feel that is similar to a backyard barbecue. They allow you to sample add much beer as you care to in the hour-long open - house style tour they have, and after the time expires, they welcome you to sample more at your expense. Good selection of beer with creative temporary offerings (like the Girlscout Cookie), but I wish the tour were more understandable and comprehensive.

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AlexBassBerger from California, Aug 25, 2014
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4.33/5  rDev +2.9%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

The NOLA taproom is a great place to spend an hour on a Saturday afternoon in New Orleans. I think the best way to try all their regular offerings or specialty beers is a flight of 4 for $8. The menu is constantly changing, so you can sample some pretty cool things. Of course you can get a 10 or 16 ounce size at very reasonable prices.
Our bartender was a pretty cool lady with blue hair who knew her lineup and hyped it well. Despite the ever growing crowd, she managed to give us some backstory on the beers.
The taproom is a nice size. I'm looking forward to seeing the new two story taproom in 2015.
I agree with others about the Friday tours. Get there early and expect huge, busy crowds. Free beer brings lots of folks.
I think the NOLA taproom is the best way to experience all the great beers this brewery has to offer.
2/16. We finally got to see the new 2 story taproom. What a fantastic place. McClure's Barbecue has partnered with the taproom for some great food. I recommend taking your food and flight (now $10) upstairs for a terrific view on a sunny day. The place is huge with a game room in the back. It's well worth the visit since they opened the new and improved NOLA taproom.

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brewskifan55 from Mississippi, Jul 27, 2014
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4.9/5  rDev +16.4%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5

The new taproom and Bbq joint are a match made in heaven! Beautiful two story tap room, with a huge second story deck. 24 beers on tap, all theirs, with 6 of them for funk/sour beers!

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lealintern from Colorado, Jul 26, 2014
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4.19/5  rDev -0.5%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4

I have been to the NOLA Brewery and taproom a handfull of times for their tour, getting a growler filled, or just having a beer. Their tap selection is pretty good with all of their year rounds on tap, along with 5-6 "experimental" taps. The experimental beers range from the Irish Channel Stout aged in 1792 barrels, Girl Stout Cookie, 7th Street Wheat with rasberries, and Hopitoulas with pineabble and peppers. Price is very reasonable with most 10oz pours costing $3-4 and 16oz costing $5-6. The atmosphere is nice, and I think they are trying to make it into more of a sports bar with the three large TV's all having some sort of sport on. They usually have only one bartender so if there is a surge of people, the service will suffer; however, the bartenders are all really nice and friendly.

All in all a great taproom with a good selection of NOLA beer, good/friendly service, and quality brew.

Tip: Have been there for a tour, in which they give away free beer during the tour, and I would suggest either avoiding during this time or go in knowing it is going to be crazy busy. The tour was informative, but it was so crowded and loud it was very difficult to hear the tour guide.

Editted review: I originally marked lower for service and selection. The service here is very friendly and they always are there to recomend a new beer or give you a free taste of something new. The selection is also great with around a 15-20 beers on tap, with rotating specialty beers that seem to rotate every 2-3 weeks. Also, the atmosphere is great with it being one of the few smoke free places to go in New Orleans.

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Badger72 from Louisiana, May 19, 2014
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3.42/5  rDev -18.8%
vibe: 2.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 2.5 | selection: 4.25

When we got there the place was swarming with people and the atmosphere was very crowded. We got there about 15 minutes before the tour and by the time the tour started the place was packed. The tour itself was very fun and informative. You can tell that the brewers really enjoy what they are doing and have a passion for what they do.

Then we went to the taproom which was overcrowded and very crazy. People were just cutting in line for the bar and it was just mass confusion. Then when we finally got up to get our drinks, the servers seemed like they couldn't care less about what they were doing or what we were getting.

All in all, the beer was great and the tour was fun, but the taproom was a bad experience.

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3.86/5  rDev -8.3%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 4

The NOLA Brewing tap room just opened up on September 10 to serve NOLA Brewing's lineup of year round and seasonal beers as well as experimental, barrel-aged, and test batch beer. There are 3 TVs and the management seems to want to go in a sports bar (i.e., Saints and LSU) theme direction. Acoustics are a little loud and jarring, but they're working on getting some noise muffling material under the chairs and tables to help with that. They sell growlers to go, so it's a great opportunity to take home NOLA's beer that's not canned, like the seasonals.

The room and tables are nice, and the artwork is great (photos of local musicians). Service is friendly if slightly overwhelmed at this point, and the beer is fresh. I like the opportunity to try the brewers' creative work as well as the regular stuff.

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noradeirdre from Louisiana, Sep 18, 2013
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