Monday, March 19, 2012

Extended Weekend In NOLA

Friends were walking in two St Patrick's Day parades so, it gave me a perfect excuse to have an extended weekend in New Orleans. My justification was that I'm getting lots of studio time to work on things for the April show...yep.  We'll go with that!

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).

NOLA Brewing Co.

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 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.

NOLA Brewing Co.
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:  NOLA Brewing Co.
Kirk Coco (President)

Peter Caddoo (Hopzilla):  NOLA Brewing Co.
Peter Caddoo aka Hopzilla (Brewmaster)

Taps:  NOLA Brewing Co.
 Getting A Beer At The Start 

Canning row:  NOLA Brewing Co.

New Canning Row

chocolate malt:  NOLA Brewing Co.
NOLA Brewing Co.

NOLA Brewing Co.

NOLA Brewing Co.

NOLA Brewing Co.

NOLA Brewing Co.

NOLA Brewing Co.

Kegs:  NOLA Brewing Co.

NOLA Brewing Co.
Not Bad!

old painted beer signs preserved
Old, Hand Painted Beer Signs Preserved On Building Near Brewery

St Patrick's Day photos coming soon...


  1. My husband would have loved that!

  2. That looked fun and interesting, glad you had some studio time too!

    1. I was able to mix fun and work & got in almost 16 hours in the studio! I'm trying hard to get ready for the show in April.