NOLA Brewing Company
Following Hurricane Katrina, Kirk Coco contemplated how to give back to the city he loved most. He realized that the city lacked breweries, which used to be numerous in New Orleans, and he wanted to bring at least a part of that back. NOLA Brewing Company, standing for New Orleans Lagers and Ales, took shape in 2008 with the help of Peter Caddo, who formerly worked as a brewmaster at Dixie Beer. Knowing the long history of New Orleans as one of the brewing capitals of the South only further fueled the fire to bring craft beer back to the Crescent City.
NOLA began with its flagship Blonde Ale, balanced yet full flavored, brewed with five malts and two hops. Before long, the company added several more beers to their mix. Hopitoulas is a west coast style IPA named after the famous New Orleans street on which the brewery lives: Tchopitoulas. Seventh Street Wheat, made with fresh lemon basil, gets its name from the Seventh Street Wharf right outside the brewery, and Irish Channel Stout is named for the Irish Channel neighborhood where the brewery resides. NOLA also has a limited release IPA program called the Lagniappe series, in which they release a new IPA every month, as well as a sour line called the Funk Series featuring many different sours aged from six to 18 months.
NOLA Brewing takes great responsibility in upholding the brewing traditions of New Orleans, as well as matching the culinary talents of the city. Tourists flock to New Orleans from around the world to eat. Mardi Gras, festivals and sporting events are only excuses to travel to the greatest culinary destination on the planet, so brewing beer to match the cuisine is not a challenge taken lightly. NOLA crafts each brew with the purpose of matching audacious flavor with consistency and greatness.
NOLA can be found in cans and kegs throughout Louisiana, and in cans in Alabama, Mississippi, Texas, Oklahoma, North Carolina, and Pennsylvania.
Free tours are available at the brewery Fridays from 2 p.m. until 3:00 p.m. and Saturdays from 2 p.m. until 4:00 p.m. After the tour, guests can enjoy any of the 24 different beers on tap in the two-story taproom. Downstairs, guests may purchase souvenir swag consisting of t-shirts, etched glassware and more.