Celebrate Oktoberfest by getting “hoppy” at a local brewery near you!
Launched inside a historic building that once housed Alexius Hardware, Covington Brewhouse offers quality craft beers created by Brian “Bruiser” Broussard, a brewmaster who has been honing his technique even before reaching the legal drinking age in Louisiana. The brewery was originally founded in 2004 as Heiner Brau by German immigrant and brewmaster Henryk Orlik. Though the name has changed, Covington Brewhouse still honors its origins with the continued production of Kölsch (the name for a barley pale ale brewed in Cologne, Germany), along with its signature Strawberry Ale, Bayou Bock, Pontchartrain Pilsner and Anonymous IPA. Seasonal flavors are also on offer — like the autumn brew Fest Bier, brewed Märzen-style, an earthy amber beer that’s often served during Oktoberfest. Covington Brewhouse offers free tours every Saturday, and the tasting room is open Thursday through Sunday evenings. 226 East Lockwoood St., Covington, (985) 893-2884, covingtonbrewhouse.com
Urban South Brewery
In the interest of sharing “the gospel of good beer,” Louisiana native Jacob Landry founded Urban South Brewery on Tchoupitoulas Street less than six months ago. A delightful mix of European and American brewing styles, Urban South currently offers Charming Wit, a white ale, and an IPA dubbed Holy Roller available in a six-pack of cans, draught and 64-ounce growlers. Brewmaster Wes Osier is also about to roll out Coop’d Up, an “urban farmhouse” ale for those of us “longing for a bit of peace and quiet and a little more room for our elbows.” Of course, the LGD brewery also features seasonal brews, so pick up a sixer of Oktoberfest or full-bodied Märzen, or pay a visit to the kid and dog-friendly tap room open Thursday through Monday and enjoy a draught or two while you’re there.
1645 Tchoupitoulas St., (504) 267-4852, urbansouthbrewery.com
NOLA Brewing Tap Room
In operation since 2008, NOLA Brewing was the first brewery to take root in New Orleans after so many businesses split town due to the catastrophic levee failures in 2005. Founded by Kirk Coco and Peter Caddoo, NOLA Brewing is now going gangbusters in a city that has come back from the brink. About a year ago, the brewery added the Tap Room, a multi-floor bar open daily from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. offering more than 20 of its own craft brews on tap plus dishes from McClure’s Barbecue that’ll make you want to slap your momma. Swing in for a Rebirth Pale Ale, Mecha IPA or Irish Channel Stout, and enjoy a small taste of the diverse level of “hoppiness” that our city now has on offer. 3001 Tchoupitoulas St., (504) 606-7145, nolabrewing.com/tap-room
40 Arpent Brewing Company
Louisiana-native Michael Naquin — whose career has skated from refrigeration to hairdressing to brewing — opened 40 Arpent Brewing Co. this past summer in Arabi. The brewery currently offers eight different brews from New Basin Stout and Yellow Fever Berliner Weisse to Bottom Feeder Lager and Japonica, a Japanese rice beer. Though you still have to go to places like Midway Pizza or The Avenue Pub to score a pint of 40 Arpent’s creations, the brewery has a tap room in the works that should be ready any day now. 6809 N. Peters St., Arabi, (504) 342-2804, 40arpentbrewery.com