Are you on the hunt for amazing craft beer and breweries in Metairie? You’re in the right place. Here’s a list of amazing breweries to visit just a drive away.
Metairie is the fifth largest CDP in America and lies within the greater New Orleans Metropolitan area. What started as a humble French settlement of sharecroppers is now basically synonymous with the New Orleans spirit. Let’s find out more about the best breweries in and around the place that has survived being hit by three hurricanes.
Best Breweries In Metairie
Here’s a list of the best breweries to hit up while hanging in Metairie, a hub for tourists visiting New Orleans.
Urban South Brewery
Jacob Landry founded the Urban South Brewery in 2016 after a year in Europe tasting the beer of his ancestors. With the Vision to combine the legacy of European beer with bolder American styles in the cultural melting pot of New Orleans, he set out to make the souths most respected beer. You can see that the brewery is well on its way to achieving that when you see Beer Army Beer Wars, Can Can Awards, and US Open Beer Championship medal banners upon entering the taproom. The ample space and laid-back vibe make it the place to hang on a Saturday night.
We have to recommend their Holly Roller. They proclaim it walks the tightrope between the world of Saturday night sin and Sunday repentance. A beer for every season, available year-round. The nearly opaque lemon yellow beer is well carbonated with a thick white and foamy head that leaves persistent lacing on the glass. The intense hop flavor balanced with citrus is what you want from an IPA. Enjoy the citrus, orangey and malty aroma and dry finish.
The Courtyard Brewery
If you want to hit up the first nano brewery in New Orleans that is family-run, too, then off to the Courtyard Brewery! The place is known for its kind, knowledgeable staff and homey vibe. The interior is smaller, but the outside patio is beautiful. Parking is hard to find in this area of town, but it is worth it to sample their handcrafted beers and impressive guest tap selection. Some say it’s the best place to get a New England India Pale Ale beer.
We would experience true Compersion when we drink the American Pale Ale bearing the same name. The Super Opaque corn yellow beer has a white head and pillowy smooth mouthfeel. The best thing to have after a long hard day. A tart and spicy hoppy treat tastes like biscuits with notes of orange, eucalyptus, and evergreen hops. The well-balanced IPA is much less in your face than a west coast IPA.
Faubourg Brewing Co.
This story dates back to a pre-prohibition era with Dixie Brewing in 1907. During Prohibition, they made near beer “beverages” less than 0.5%. Though the brand endured, the physical building could not survive the devastation of Hurricane Katrina in 2005. The Company returned to its roots in 2019 after the contract brewing to stay afloat. The Oldest Operating brewery in town changed its name to the local term for a neighborhood to promote unity.
You should try their taproom exclusive Moonwalk. A double dry hopped New England India pale ale with a rich golden color and ivory white head. The experienced brewers have trade secrets that helped them create a creamy, citrusy, and hoppy balance with Motueka, Rakau, and Galaxy hops. You don’t expect the hint of coconut, but it’s a lovely, well-thought-out surprise. While savoring this delicious flavor, you can check out the museum dedicated to Dixie Brewing.
Zony Mash Beer Project
The name describes the place perfectly. It started as a humble project of a food scientist turned home brewer, Mitch Grittman, and a restauranteur, Adam Ritter. With time it now boasts a twenty-one-taped tasting room and a fantastic barrel aging program. Opened in one of the city’s last two African American movie theatres, they made sure to have entertainment for their guests to utilize the space creatively. What sets them apart is the unique use and deep understanding of unexpected ingredients like carrot juice.
You should try their witbier wheat beer, The Big Peel. The hazy orange beer has a short white head. You instantly get absorbed by the intense freshly zested orange peel and grainy aroma with hints of grassiness, coriander, and spicy hops. The taste matches the nose with wheat, coriander, and hops. The refreshing 4.8% ABV drink that you can keep on drinking the night away. A good fizzy dependable witbier.
Brieux Carre Brewing Company
This brewery was started by some people passionate about beer bearing a “Let it be” brewing philosophy. The name Brieux Carre is a pun for the old name of the French quarter. Since its beginning in 2017, they’ve released amazing, aptly funny-named beers that have rocked the beer scene in Metairie and greater New Orleans. The hidden gem near the edge of the French Quarter has an impressive array of pilsners and lagers on tap. The staff is knowledgeable with the fix for every type of craft beer enthusiast.
We need to tell you, “If you wanna be my Lager,” you should try their extra special English Pale Lager. The malty and lemony delight is named after the unapologetically used pun earlier. This beer is the best choice if you love a good lager but have to appease that guilty IPA craving. Enjoy the Extra Pale British Maris Otter malt blended with First Gold Hops, pronounced as a delicious, balanced IPA lager combo.
The Barely Oak
The Barely Oak is a world-class draught house bragging over a hundred craft beers and carefully selected food to go with your chosen brew. The old-timey outfit offers seating on the ground floor, but the real fun is upstairs. Everything necessary is two stories high because of the hurricane flooding. You get the best view of Lake Pontchartrain while sipping beer with friends. This establishment is the dream of the owner, Nick Powers, set free. Truly built by beer lovers for beer lovers.
Have a burger, cheeseboard, or both, or skip everything for a salad instead. They have an incredible selection of craft beers. The owner chooses each one. Arguably the best variety around. Nothing beats the combination of good food, good views, and rare beer. We love their Hamburger with cheese, but you can choose bacon or jalapenos if that’s what you fancy. We recommend pairing that with any fresh or special release lager or pilsner on tap. The staff can guide you to choose from their incredibly long list.
Stein’s Market & Deli
Come for the beer but stay for the food at this Jewish and Italian deli. You will not find a better collection of local and international beers, cheeses, wines, pastas, and cured meats. A culinary mecca for the people who value taste above all else. The best sandwiches in town with beer can be found nowhere else. Can you beat that?
If you are ever in the area, you must try their filly cheese steak sandwich. The sandwiches are made with the best cuts of meat with your choice of provolone or cheese wiz, which can be optionally topped with mushrooms, peppers, onions, or pizza sauce. You will never go wrong pairing that sandwich with a ridiculously rare bottle of beer you may never get your hands on again. Usually, we recommend a beer for you to try, but here we say go wild. Chilled beers are in the front, and lists of what they keep in the back with descriptions. The staff is also very knowledgeable.