Yesterday I toured the New Orleans Lager & Ale (NOLA) Brewing Company, located at 3001 Tchoupitoulas Street in New Orleans, Louisiana, right across from the 7th street wharf. NOLA Brewing Company was founded in 2008 by Kirk Coco and Peter Caddoo.
Free brewery tours are offered on Fridays from 2 pm until 3pm, with free beer available during the tour and also at the NOLA Brewing Tap Room. While there I sampled 7th Street Wheat (an American Pale Wheat Ale), Swamp Grape Escape (a Belgian Single brewed with Louisiana muscadine grapes), and Girl Stout Cookie (NOLA’s Irish Channel Stout brewed with cocoa nibs and mint).
NOLA Brewing currently offers there beer in kegs and cans (perfect for parades!)
The New Orleans Lager & Ale (NOLA) Brewing Company offers 6 year-round beers (NOLA Brown, NOLA Blonde, Hopitoulas, Irish Channel Stout, MechaHopzilla, and 7th Street Wheat.) They also have three seasonal beers including Hurricane Sasion, Flambeau Red, and Smoky Mary.
7th Street Wheat started as NOLA’s summer seasonal, but is now part of their year-round collection (Side note: 7th Street Wheat is only brewed when the lemon-basil that is added after fermentation is available). Rebirth Pale Ale is set to be New Orleans Lager & Ale (NOLA) Brewing Company’s next year-round beer, but is currently only available in kegs.
The tour guide/brewer, Derek Lintern, gave a very informative tour of the brewery covering topics like brewing techniques, equipment, history of NOLA Brewing, and much more. The free beer wasn’t too bad either!