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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. 


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. 

Bruery Comes to NOLA

Brews News: California Brewery Takes Roost in Crescent City

As New Orleans increases its viability as a craft beer market, more breweries are taking notice. The Bruery from Orange County, Ca. brings an uptick of high-end beer that challenges wine on the dinner table and store shelves and is unique from any other product brewed or distributed in New Orleans. 

Burgers, beer, and beautiful surroundings

By Christopher Herbeck


As much as we all love the fair city of New Orleans, lets face it, sometimes you got to get out the city. After all, the charm of living in the South is its quaintness, and you can't get more quaint than a day trip to Abita Springs. This little town is home of the Abita Brewery where they craft the finest of the Louisiana's local beer staple, Abita Beer. While you can find Abita products in every bar in New Orleans, its not a waste of time to go directly to the source.

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