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Top Hops: Second Line Brewing’s Comeback Kid

You know what we here at NoDef love about these craft beers, man? We get older, but they stay the same taste. This weekend, Second Line Brewing will re-release a real crowd favorite: an IPA brew as smooth as Mr. McConaughey himself.


Ale in a Day's Work

Royal Brewery Joins the NOLA Craft Beer Scene

Royal Brewery sits among, and is typical of, the many warehouses that mark the area of New Orleans East situated near the lip of the levee, near the low flying planes headed towards, or from New Orleans’ Lakefront Airport. Royal Brewery is one of those special places where one can feel the breeze of the Mississippi making its journey upon lucky New Orleans residents. Their headquarters is not markedly different from the other warehouses in the area, save for the three hard working souls and the 30-barrel brewhouse system containing the brewmasters’ effervescent ales. 

Life and Legacy of Drew Rodrigue To Be Honored at 7th Annual Crawfish & Beer Fest

New Orleanians will raise pint glasses or crawfish tails to honor local football coach Drew Rodrigue and all people affected by Hodgkin’s Lymphoma, the Drew Rodrigue Foundation (DRF) announced on Tuesday. The seventh annual Bugs & Brew for Drew Crawfish Cook-Off and Beer Festival will take place on May 20th on Fulton Street, and will benefit the late Drew Rodrigue’s namesake non-profit.


Brieux Carré Offers a Frenchmen St. Refuge for Beer Lovers

Every home is said to tell a story, to spin the webs of character, history, and passions of those residing within. For Brieux Carré, a house of beer located a stone's throw from the action of Frenchmen at 2115 Decatur St., there is quite a tale pull up a bar stool and raise a pint in cheers. Proprietors and brewmasters Robert Bostick and Taylor Pellerin share the story of Brieux Carré, from its modest beginnings to its public opening on Saturday (4.1), with NoDef. 

Brew-Ha-Ha: Abita Gets a Makeover

Abita is turning 30 and the ubiquitous local brews will look a little different in honor of the birthday. On Monday (2.15), the company announced that their entire product line is set for some new packaging.

Hops Hoopla

Courtyard Brewery Celebrates One Year

An old maxim prescribes that the first year of business os the hardest. For Courtyard Brewery (1020 Erato Street) co-founder Scott Wood, this is certainly true. However, the first year has also been somewhat sweet for the nano-brewery. So, on Saturday (10.24), Wood and his partner Lindsay Hellwig are throwing a party to mark Courtyard’s one year anniversary.

NOLA Oktoberfest: Dress Your Best, Bring Your Wurst

In 2009, Deutsches Haus’ NOLA home was condemned by the dreaded “footprint.” After a final Mid-City Oktoberfest is 2010, many fretted about the fate of the fest in the organization’s temporary Metaire home. Four year’s later, Deutsches Haus annual celebration of all things German is so successful that it must be staged in Kenner's Rivertown.

Brew Bash

New Orleans On Tap Brings Oktoberfest to City Park

Summer was rough on the wallets of many New Orleanians. But, do not despair because that ticket to Bavaria isn’t going to happen. Oktoberfest is coming to NOLA. On Saturday (9.26), New Orleans On Tap will flood City Park with 400 different beers not to mention some great music.

Drinking Culture

A Stroll to the Avenue

Gentle reader, the winds of change blow bleak. The first temperate days of the coming fall intersperse with the lingering, hot afternoons of summer. The conventioneers and tourists like migratory things begin their return to the French Quarter. The football season opens to wild, Sunday afternoon shouts that cheer the sunshine at intervals from the dim barrooms. Though it should be fun, I find a period of wandering melancholy, intimate as these days are with the passage of time. And thus wandering in a black mood, found myself at the door of the Avenue Pub. 

Lineup Reveal: Boudin, Bourbon, & Beer

That sweat rolling down your back makes it hard to forget that summer is raging right now. However, winter fall is coming. Star chef Emeril Lagasse is rolling out the lineup for his autumn  crowdpleaser, Boudin, Bourbon, & Beer. Tickets for the November 13 event go on sale this Saturday (8.01).

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