After an amazing NOLA On Tap this past weekend and Louisiana Craft Beer Week jumping off this week, we continue with Part 2 of our Brewery Highlights by neighborhood. This week, we hit on the breweries in the CBD, French Quarter, and the Bywater. And while there are some truly amazing brews at each of these places, for something that is a unique as it is memorable, these are our picks:
Brieux Carré – Tucked into an unassuming doorway on Decatur ½ a block off Frenchman Street, you will find this great little brewery & taproom. Providing a nice respite from the craziness of the Marigny is a welcoming courtyard out back, which is the perfect place to enjoy their Chocolate Milk Stout. Appropriately called Big Beautiful Malt, holds a subtle sweetness that is balanced perfectly with the coffee undertones.
Crescent City Brewhouse – A year-round brew of this French Quarter staple, their unfiltered Weiss Bock has most of the traditional impressions of a wheat beer, but with the notes of cloves to add a mildly spicy finish.
Gordon Biersch – Most Pilsners begin around 25 IBU (International Bitterness Units) and max out around 40, leaving them to fall on the lighter and crisper end of the IBU spectrum. Bohemian Pilsners are a bit higher, with a range of 35-45. Gordon Biersch’s Bohemian Keller Pilsner, at 40 IBU, has an unfiltered hoppiness that is normally not found in a “lighter” beer.
Parleaux Beer Lab – One of the few breweries in the city that does not distribute, this venue is a must for any craft beer lover. Currently on tap are several amazing brews, but the standout one for us is the Punctual Schwartz- Blonde Stout. It has a “silky smooth” mouthfeel, and the Ethiopian Limu Kossa beans are balanced with chocolate and blueberry notes, giving this blond a flavor normally found in a much darker beer.
Second Line Brewing – For our choice on the Second Line menu, we are recommending a beer that we have yet to try. On September 28th, in conjunction with their 3rd Anniversary Celebration, they will be releasing Sweet Reverence, a new Russian Imperial Stout “with coconut, vanilla bean, and cacao nibs”. If it is in line with their previously released Stouts, in particular, their Chocolate Russian Imperial from last year, this beer promises to be bold and beautiful.