The Courtyard Brewery

From the first time visitors walk up the well-trodden ramp leading into the converted warehouse known as Courtyard Brewery, they know they’re in for something different. A loading dock door is open, with customers hanging out on the concrete patio that overlooks a parking lot ringed with giant bamboo. Food trucks are often there, parked just a few feet from the front door, with dining selections that are as diverse as the beers themselves.

Inside, the bar is packed with beer lovers who are sampling from one of Courtyard Brewery’s constantly changing selection of house-made beers, or from one of more than a dozen other craft beers from around the globe.

Courtyard Brewery opened in October 2014, and has been called New Orleans’ first nanobrewery, a term that co-owner Lindsay Hellwig describes as “barebones” and neighborhood-oriented.

Nanobreweries are also known for their highly specialized beer selection, and Courtyard Brewery definitely fits that description. “You won’t see our beers anywhere other than in our taproom,” Hellwig says. The next time you’re in New Orleans’ Garden District, stop in and see what’s on tap, and be sure to ask the stories behind the beers.