Your Ultimate Tour of Louisiana Breweries

Ready to taste some beer? We'll walk you through it.

The State of Louisiana isn't traditionally known for its craft beer scene ... but that is changing fast! From smaller brewpubs that only provide beer on-site to full-fledged breweries that produce beer for sale elsewhere, the state has no shortage of craft beer choices.

With that in mind, we attempt to "pour" through all of the options and provide our very own tour of Louisiana beer. Enjoy responsibly!

* Breweries listed in order of date opened, from oldest to newest.

Abita Brewing Company

166 Barbee Road
Covington, Louisiana 70433

Founded in 1986, Abita Brewing Company is the largest producer of beer in the state, brewing over 151,000 barrels of beer a year. A full brew pub restaurant is located down the road at the former bottling site, and guided tours of the current facility (which include 4 oz. tastings) are available Wed. through Sun. Self-guided tours are Sun. – Fri. and access to the tap room (and its many beer choices) is available daily.

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Crescent City Brewhouse

527 Decatur Street
New Orleans, Louisiana 70130

When it opened in 1991, Crescent City Brewhouse became the first brewpub in New Orleans while simultaneously reviving a French Quarter neighborhood tradition of beer brewing.  A full selection of beer and New Orleans-themed grub awaits visitors. Open daily 11:30 a.m. – 10 p.m. and until 11 on Fri. & Sat.

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Gordon Biersch

200 Poydras Street
New Orleans, Louisiana 70130

This national chain of microbrews landed in New Orleans’ warehouse district in 2004.  The star attractions here are beer and food menus tailored to the specific location, including several microbrews developed locally.  Tours and samplings are available.  Hours of operation are Sun. – Thu. 11 a.m. – 12 a.m., Fri. & Sat. 11 a.m. – 1 a.m. Happy hour Mon. – Fri. 4 – 6:30 p.m.

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Covington Brewhouse

226 East Lockwood Street
Covington, Louisiana 70433

Opened under the moniker “Heinerbrau” in 2005, Covington is now known for being the second oldest distributing brewery in the state. They boast five flagship beers and several seasonal and “rock star” varieties.  Tasting room is open Wed. – Fri., 5-9 p.m., Sat. 11 a.m. – 9 p.m. and Sun. 12-6 p.m. Brewery tours are available Sat. at 11:30 a.m. & 12:30 p.m.

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Nola Brewing Company

3001 Tchoupitoulas St.
New Orleans, Louisiana 70115

Established in 2008 as a response to a lack of local brewing in New Orleans, Nola Brewing Company is the longest running producer of beer within the city limits. Their tap room (open daily) offers a wealth of non-canned options including several sour beers and food from onsite popup McClure’s BBQ.  Tours are available at 2 p.m. Fri., Sat. and Sun. Friday tours include tokens for two free beers.

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Bayou Teche

1106 Bushville Hwy
Arnaudville, Louisiana 70512

Named for an important Acadian waterway, Bayou Teche was established in 2010 and now boasts over a dozen distinct varieties. They also host several events. Tours of the brewery are available Sat. at 12:30 p.m., 3:30 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. The tap room is open Fri. 4-9 p.m., Sat. 11 a.m. – 9 p.m. and Sun. 12-5 p.m.

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Parish Brewing

229 Jared Dr.
Broussard, Louisiana 70518

Also in the heart of Cajun Country, this brewery (est. 2010) distributes nine different types of brew, including flagships like Canebrake and Envie. Tours available Sat. 12-2 p.m.  Tap room hours: Mon. – Wed. 2-8 p.m., Thu. & Fri. 12-8 p.m., Sat. 11 a.m. – 7 p.m.

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Tin Roof

1624 Wyoming St.
Baton Rouge, Louisiana 70802

With its debut in 2010, Tin Roof became the first distributing brewery in Baton Rouge.  Known for its wide range of events and community outreach as well as its six flagships.  Additional seasonals and small batches are available as well.  Their tap room hours are Tue. – Fri. 4-10 p.m., Sat. 12-10 p.m. and Sun. 12-8 p.m. with several happy hour deals throughout the week.  Tours 6 p.m. Fri. and 3 p.m. Sat.

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Chafunkta Brewing Company

21449 Marion Lane
Mandeville, Louisiana 70471

The name “Chafunkta” (est. 2011) refers to Tchefuncte, an early Indian settlement in the Mandeville area. As for the beer, they boast four flagships, including a porter, IPA, cream ale, and an Irish red.  Open Thu/Fri, 5-9, Sat 11-9, Sun 12-6.

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Old Rail Brewing Company

639 Girod St.
Mandeville, Louisiana 70448

Opened in 2013, this brewpub offers alternate takes on traditional pub fare and several seasonal brews to pair with its flagships. Hours: Tue. – Thu. 11 a.m. – 9 p.m., Fri. & Sat. 11 a.m. – 10:30 p.m. and Sun. 11 a.m. – 9 p.m.

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Red River Brewing Co.

1200 Marshall St. #500
Shreveport, Louisiana 71101

In addition to regular events, this 2013 extension to the state’s beer scene offers 10 taps in its taproom, featuring such favorites as its Louisiana wheat rye, Hay Ryed, and IPA, Session 18. Taproom hours are Thu. 4-10 p.m., Fri. 3-10 p.m., Sat. 2-10 p.m. and Sun. 2-8 p.m.

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Great Raft Brewing

1251 Dalzell St.
Shreveport, Louisiana 71104

A purveyor of self-dubbed “real beer,” Great Raft Brewing became the second Shreveport-area brewery to open in 2013. The taproom offers 3 flagships year-round and specializes in Belgians and pale ales in small batches. They also offer crowlers to go. Hours: Wed., Thu. & Fri. 4-9 p.m. and Sat. 12-9 p.m.

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Gnarly Barley Brewing

1709 Corbin Road
Hammond, Louisiana 70403

Established in 2014, Gnarly Barley is the brainchild of a husband and wife team, rotating through several different varieties on tap, from porters to pale ales and all points in between.  Their stated mission: to blur the lines of traditional beer styles. The brewery is open to the public Sat. from 12 – 5 p.m. with tours at 1 p.m.

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Courtyard Brewery

1020 Erato St.
New Orleans, Louisiana 70130

Not a distribution center but rather a beer garden, Courtyard Brewery (est. 2014) nevertheless has a wide range of in-house beers available … as well as a deep list of beers from other breweries.  As an added bonus, several food trucks make regular stops here too.  Hours: Mon. – Wed. 4 – 9:30 p.m., Thu. – Sat. 11 a.m. – 10:30 p.m. and Sun. 11 a.m. – 9:30 p.m.

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40 Arpent Brewing Co.

6809 N. Peters St.
Arabi, Louisiana 70032

Just down the road from the Chalmette battlefield in Arabi, 40 Arpent launched in 2014 with a unique name and several equally unique beers (“Arpent” comes from a French unit of land measurement). The tap room is open Thu. 5-10 p.m., Fri. 4-11 p.m., Sat. 11 a.m. – 11 p.m. and Sun. 11 a.m. – 6 p.m.

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Mudbug Brewery

1878 LA-3185
Thibodaux, Louisiana 70301

Opening its doors in late 2014, Mudbug has quickly made a name for itself with some off-the-wall offerings like its King Cake Ale. There’s something for everyone though with eight different brews (including seasonals) on tap. Tap room is open Thu. 5-10 p.m. and Fri. – Sat. 5 p.m. – 12 a.m.

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Broken Wheel Brewery

109 Tunica Dr E
Marksville, Louisiana 71351

As the only brewery in the central part of the state, this 2015 addition to the Louisiana beer scene still aims to do things better than the competition. Its Fresh Catch Bistreaux serves up an extensive menu with a Cajun flair, while their beers don’t follow typical limits or rules.  Four flagships pair with rotating seasonals (including an Oktoberfest).  Tours available via booking.  Bistreaux open all days but Sun., 11 a.m. – 9 p.m.

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Flying Heart Brewing

700 Barksdale Blvd
Bossier City, Louisiana 71111

Serving six beers year round as well as a rotating variety of seasonals, Flying Heart Brewing (est. 2015) takes its role as steward of beer in NW Louisiana seriously. Special events, karaoke and food trucks occur regularly.  Open Fri. & Sat. 3:30 – 10 p.m.

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Second Line Brewing

433 N. Bernadotte St.
New Orleans, Louisiana 70119

Second Line launched in 2015 and offers a little bit of everything.  Their beer garden has their distributed flagships on tap along with several seasonals and plays host to regular events. A bevy of food truck visits will keep you fed, while brewery tours are also available. Beer Garden is open Wed. – Fri. 4-10 p.m., Sat. 12-10 p.m. and Sun. 12-8 p.m. Tours available Sat. 3 p.m. and Sun. 4 p.m.

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Cajun Brewing

206 Rayburn St.
Lafayette, Louisiana 70506

Lafayette’s first microbrewery opened in 2015 and distributes throughout the southern half of the state. Known for its flagship Cajun Wit, Cajun Brewing is in the process of expanding its lineup and getting a taproom off the ground. Brewery hours: Wed. & Thu. 2-9 p.m., Fri. & Sat. 2-10 p.m.

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Chappapeela Farms Brewery

57542 Hillcrest School Rd.
Amite City, Louisiana 70422

Sometimes open and sometimes not, Chappapeela regardless has  been producing quality offerings like its Farmhouse Saison since 2015. Given its relatively remote location and sporadic schedule, you might want to make a call before attempting a visit.

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Ouachita Brewing Company

95 S Railroad Ave.
West Monroe, Louisiana 71291

Opened in 2016 with a stated goal of representing NE Louisiana with pleasing beer, Ouachita Brewing offers five different varieties including four flagships: DeltaPils, LouisiAmber, Conflicted and 318 APA. Taproom hours are Thu. & Fri. 5:30 – 9 p.m. and Sat. 2-9 p.m.

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Cottonport Brewing

5946 Horseshoe Lake Rd.
Sterlington, Louisiana 71280

Cottonport, like Chappapeela, encourages folks to call ahead due to irregular hours (the operation was closed for several months earlier this year after opening in 2016).  When they are open, they offer 12 taps in their German-style beer garden.

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Urban South Brewery

1645 Tchoupitoulas St.
New Orleans, Louisiana 70130

Urban South burst onto the scene in 2016 with the impressive duo of Charming Wit and Holly Roller, and has since added another flagship, Coop’d Up, and several seasonals to the rotation. This brewery also boasts regular visits from food trucks, features tours, and its tap room is kid friendly. Hours: Mon. 4-8 p.m., Wed. – Thu. 4-9 p.m., Fri. 12-9 p.m., Sat. & Sun. 11 a.m. – 9 p.m. Free tours are at 5 p.m. every day but Tue. and Wed.

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Southern Craft Brewing

14141 Airline Hwy #4J
Baton Rouge, Louisiana 70817

Priding themselves on their use of local ingredients, the second addition to the Baton Rouge brewing scene in 2016, Southern Craft, debuted with the well-received Red Stick Rye. They now have two more flagships, a seasonal and a limited release. Tasting room hours are Thu. & Fri. 5-9 p.m. and Sat. 1-9 p.m. with free brewery tours available all three days.

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Crying Eagle Brewing Co.

1165 E McNeese St.
Lake Charles, Louisiana 70607

Giving Lake Charles its first brewery in 2016, Crying Eagle takes its name from a parish, a river, a chief and even a battle cry. As far as the beer is concerned, there are three flagships … all available in their huge brewery/taproom (along with several seasonals and small batches). The taproom is open Wed. – Sat. 2-9 p.m. with tours available all four days.

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Wayward Owl Brewing

3940 Thalia St.
New Orleans, Louisiana 70125

Situated in a historic New Orleans theater, “The GEM,” Wayward Owl has been producing craft beer such as its flagship Clean Slate IPA since 2016.  Their tasting room is open six days a week and features specialty, wood-aged and collaborative brews. Beer snacks, food trucks and bring-your-own-food are available/encouraged. Hours: Tue. – Fri. 3-9 p.m., Sat. & Sun. 12-9 p.m.

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Flying Tiger Brewery

506 N 2nd St.
Monroe, Louisiana 71201

Featuring live music and several regular food truck visits, Flying Tiger can boast about more than its beer. But with three flagships and 5-9 rotating beers available in its tap room (opened in 2016), the beer matters a whole lot too. Hours: Wed. 4-7 p.m., Thu. 4-10 p.m., Fri. & Sat. 1-1 p.m., Sun. 1-8 p.m.

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Spigots Brew Pub

622 Barrow St.
Houma, Louisiana 70360

With eight house-brewed beers on tap, Spigots Brew Pub (est. 2017) also features full brunch, lunch and dinner menus (featuring steaks, pasta dishes, sandwiches and more). Open Mon. – Sat. 11 a.m. – 10 p.m. & Sun. 10 a.m. – 10 p.m.

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Brieux Carre Brewing Company

2115 Decatur St.
New Orleans, Louisiana 70116

With a stated goal of brewing beers “as weird and interesting’ as the city of New Orleans, this 2017 addition to the craft beer scene is trying to stand out early with ingredients/flavor combinations like banana, chocolate and coffee.  The nano-brewery is open 7 days a week, 11 a.m. – 10 p.m.

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Low Road Brewing

1110 C M Fagan Drive
Hammond, Louisiana 70403

Similar to Courtyard, Low Road Brewing (est. 2017) is a microbrewery that features 10 taps of its own beer as well as a selection of beer from other breweries.  Open Thu. – Sun.  Hours: Thu. 2-7 p.m., Fri. & Sat. 12-9 p.m. and Sun. 12-5 p.m.

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Port Orleans Brewing Co.

4124 Tchoupitoulas St.
New Orleans, Louisiana 70115

Port Orleans debuted in 2017 with three brews (a lager, IPA and an ale), a big open tasting room, a location in the heart of uptown, and onsite pub-style food from new restaurant Stokehold.  Family friendly.  Open every day but Tuesday from 11 a.m. – 10 p.m.

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Royal Brewery New Orleans

7366 Townsend Place B 
New Orleans, Louisiana 70126

Situated near the Lakefront Airport, Royal Brewery (est. 2017) debuted with its flagship brew, Culicidae Ale, an American Pale Ale. Open Thu. & Fri. 4 – 9 p.m., Sat. & Sun. 11 a.m. – 9 p.m. Reservations available.

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Parleaux Beer Lab

634 Lesseps St.
New Orleans, Louisiana 70117

This 2017 addition to the New Orleans brewery roster aims to specialize in small batches of unique beers in a family friendly environment. Open Mon., Thu. & Fri. 3-10 p.m., Sat. 12-10 p.m. and Sun. 12-8 p.m.

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Louisiana Purchase Brewing Co.

128 W Pine St.
Ponchatoula, Louisiana 70454

Opened in 2017 as the first brewery in Ponchatoula, Louisiana Purchase serves pints, flights and fills growlers from their tap room. Varieties include a kolsch, porters, an IPA and more. Open Wed. & Thu. 4-8 p.m., Fri. & Sat. 12-9 p.m.

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Did we miss anything? Anything new coming up? Let us know! We'll add to this post as new places open.