My husband and I drove over Friday morning, I got in some hours in the studio, and then the fun started when we headed over to NOLA Brewing Co. (New Orleans Lager & Ale Brewing Company).
They only have one tour once a week on Fridays at 2 pm. With scarcity comes demand and boy, is this a popular tour! We had been to the brewery once before for the Beers Not Bullets charity beer tasting to benefit Nathanial Zimet (chef of Boucherie) who had been shot in an attempted robbery. The event was a total success to the point of the cavernous brewery being positively packed with people. So, we had naively hoped that the tour would afford us a better look at the facility without so many people. That was not to be because word has gotten out (great beer, free tour, free pint during tour, you can get refills...you get the picture) and the Friday tours have become a weekly college student meet-up. I was stunned at how many people were there just standing around, talking, and drinking their free beer.
The young guy (Buck) who explained their brewing facility and process was probably heard by 1-2% of the people present. The others never stopped talking and didn't care. Had they listened, they might have learned something about the brewing of beer or at least a few bits of trivia about the brewery. So, my suggestion to those who intend to take the tour is to get right up front and listen well. It's an interesting tour and the beer is great! My favorites are their Irish Channel Stout, Hopitoulas IPA (a play on the street named Tchoupitoulas), and Brown Ale.
Kirk Coco (President)
Peter Caddoo aka Hopzilla (Brewmaster)
Getting A Beer At The Start
Old, Hand Painted Beer Signs Preserved On Building Near Brewery
St Patrick's Day photos coming soon...