The Courtyard Brewery

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The Courtyard BreweryThe Courtyard Brewery
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The Courtyard BreweryThe Courtyard Brewery

Type: Brewery, Bar, Beer-to-go

1020 Erato St
New Orleans, Louisiana, 70130-4112
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Added by courtyardbrew on 10-24-2013

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Ratings: 45 |  Reviews: 16
Reviews by Fluffheady:
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4.71/5  rDev +5.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.75

Courtyard is a tiny brewery that, from what I hear, makes good beer. Every time they put their own beer on draft it has been gone very quickly, so, unfortunately I didn't get to try any.

The vibe, the guest beer selection, and talking with the owner is what made it for me. They had about 19 different beers on draft and most of them were either local rarities or beers not frequently available in NOLA. It's mostly an open room with a few places to sit, and a large....courtyard. If you're a beer dork in NOLA this is an absolute must-stop, but it's also good for small groups.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of Jame515
3.93/5  rDev -12.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4

Photo of Spaceman_Jer
4.16/5  rDev -6.9%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.75

Photo of crewfan1952
4.51/5  rDev +0.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 5

Photo of jordanginsberg
4.92/5  rDev +10.1%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Photo of Sabtos
3.85/5  rDev -13.9%
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.25 | selection: 4.25

I've been coming to New Orleans for 10 years, and I can't express how exciting it is for a brewer to be hitting his stride right by the B&B we always stay at.

Not that New Orleans has any shortage of watering holes--hell, Avenue Pub is a five minute walk in the other direction from my B&B, and beer isn't even what this town has earned its reputation on--but this is hands down the best brewery in the city.

Courtyard features a wide variety of styles and has 20-30 active tap handles, many of which feature nationwide guest drafts. They may have a laissez-faire attitude as far as which listed beers are actually available to order due to frequent line cleaning during operating hours, but hey, this is New Orleans. In my time there I had multiple IPAs, most of which were hazy NE-style and pretty much nailing it, a couple of Porters and Stouts, two sours, and a bonkers Great Notion collaboration IPA. Not a single one was less than good, and most were very enjoyable.

Service is really all you, aside from the draft pour--walk up to the bar and place your order, and if you're hungry, see if a food vendor has set up shop. If not, they are also BYOF.

The atmosphere might be a bit odd, including an overflow seating area directly next to active barrels and carboys, but they seem to be working on it. The exterior is the primary hang out, and works well enough. If they can flesh it out to give more of an actual courtyard vibe with a fancier cast iron fence and some more greenery and possibly a centerpiece, this would be one helluva trendy hangout. It already seems to have accumulated quite a crowd, so they should be well on their way.

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Photo of wisegreensoul
4/5  rDev -10.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.25

Photo of NolaHopHead
4.52/5  rDev +1.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.75

Photo of Beerbuddha
5/5  rDev +11.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.46/5  rDev -0.2%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 5

this was the only brewery we had time to visit on our trip to new orleans unfortunately, but it was definitely the one to hit! a cool minimalist space set back off the road, with some relaxed seating out front in what looks like it used to be a loading dock area for whoever occupied the space previously. the taproom is a hodgepodge of assorted random furniture, tables and chairs that look like they dont go together, sort of a trailer park vibe, but comfortable and welcoming. no seats at the bar, just a walk up service counter set up, but quick service, friendly, and we got to meet an owner fellow who could not have been more humble and generous with his time. the selection here was epic, i mean, absurdly good, granted they had some leftover special beers from a recent anniversary party, but they had to have near 20 of their own beers on tap across a ton of styles, but also some really heady guest brews both local and beyond. if you cant find a beer that excites you here, you arent a beer drinker! love the diversity of the menu. their house beers were high quality, a bunch of hazy ipa types all tastes good, they had a vintage wheatwine on that was really nice, and a molasses porter that was excellent as well, all of them were inventive and delicious. i liked the care free vibe in here, the mellow nature of the folks hanging out, and the ridiculous beer selection. i hope to make it back here again some day, this was one of my favorite brewery visits of the year this year, highly recommended!

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Photo of smcolw
3.99/5  rDev -10.7%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4.25

This is a tiny place with a great array of beers on tap and that's it. No to-goes, no kitchen, and no swag...just beer. And you need to walk up to a counter to get that; there are no bar stools. Service is not what they're all about. They have approximately 20 taps of which less than half are from the brewer.

What they do have is a pleasant beer garden in the middle of a parking lot in front of the serving area (which looks like a leading dock because that's what it was originally).

There's a man cooking soft tortilla with meat and sauces. It was delicious.

As wacky as this description is, I loved the quirkiness. It's out of the way and you'll need Google maps to find it, but it's worth it.

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Photo of Brian29
4.58/5  rDev +2.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4 | selection: 5

Photo of PaleAleWalt
4.49/5  rDev +0.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5

Photo of Ricklust
4.72/5  rDev +5.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75

Cool place with many selections of their own beer. Friendly staff and nice place for meeting people.

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Photo of metter98
4.09/5  rDev -8.5%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

Photo of eppie82
4.38/5  rDev -2%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75

Really cool looking place and venue. Definitely 'hipster' with quality having an older but with a good bit of character feel too it. Great service and friendly staff. Outdoor seating was also available. The beer selection was VERY good of both house and guest taps. Will be coming here again next time I am in New Orleans.

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Photo of BrandonM7227
4.57/5  rDev +2.2%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5

Photo of craft_shannie
4.55/5  rDev +1.8%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.75

Photo of IckyT2012
4.48/5  rDev +0.2%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75

A diamond in the rough. You won't find it unless you're looking for it. Extremely small inside but some relaxing space outside. The tap list is incredible for a spot this small. Everything I tried from them was delicious. I only wish I had time to try more. Take a detour from the french quarter and check this place out.

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Photo of markartis
4.48/5  rDev +0.2%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

Chill chill chill. Great little spot for some terrific house + friends beers and nice food trucks most days of the week.

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Photo of Volsdawg10
3.96/5  rDev -11.4%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4

Photo of Karibourgeois
4.58/5  rDev +2.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5

Really cool little place that has an amazing selection of in-house and guest beers. Very impressed by their sours. Wish I had more time to sit and relax and try a few more if their beers.

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Photo of Fusebuddy
4.44/5  rDev -0.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Photo of Butchnasty
5/5  rDev +11.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Best beer in Nola

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Photo of Taybeh
3.95/5  rDev -11.6%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 4

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