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the big easy
« on: June 21, 2011, 10:06:25 PM »
headed there this weekend for a conference. my experience (ca. five visits) is that it's not really a beer town. any places to prove me wrong?
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Re: the big easy
« Reply #1 on: June 22, 2011, 03:04:10 AM »
I found two bars (located not far apart) named Beerfest which had some taps of beer I could go for...not a low price place, but decent beer.

My favorite place to have a beer was Lafitte's Blacksmith Shop. (941 Bourbon St) - It wasn't about the beer, it was the ambiance of that place.
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Re: the big easy
« Reply #2 on: June 22, 2011, 04:24:03 AM »
There's a DBA bar (the same owners as in NYC) on Frenchman St. just east of the quarter in Faurbourg Marigny (sp) that has a good beer selection and live music.  They have Hopatoulis on tap.
If walking in the quarter stop into the French Market deli on Decatur St. near Phillips for a beer to go.  They have a very good selection of singles.
The only brew pub in that area is Crescent City, but I had only OK beers there recently.
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Re: the big easy
« Reply #3 on: June 22, 2011, 05:54:53 AM »
Cooter Brown's has a big selection of beer, bottles and taps.
Martin's wine cellar has a few locations around the city and they have a good selection. I've only been to the Metarie location and it was good.  As far as breweries or brewpubs around downtown, cresent city and Gordon biersch is it.
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Re: the big easy
« Reply #4 on: June 22, 2011, 06:07:49 AM »
avenue pub is of the top beer bars in america.   hands down, no questions asked, the best beer bar south of atlanta.

DON'T MISS OUT AND NOT GO THERE!   they are constantly tapping special kegs, casks, rare sours (fou foune), etc.....

if you are on facebook, check out their page.  they are getting wonderful beers all the time.  

http://theavenuepub.com/

check their facebook page for the current stuff, but this is probably real close to up to date....

Currently On Tap:
American Strong Ales
Stone 2009 Vintage Double Bastard

Belgian Style Sours & Abbey Styles
Le Trappe Quad

Belgian Style Wits, American Wheats & Hefeweizens
NOLA 7th Street Lemon Basil Wheat

Witterkerke Unfiltered Belgian Wit

Kapuziner Weiss

Professor Fritz 1809 Berliner Weiss

Blue Star American Wheat

India Pale Ales (IPAs), Imperial IPAs
Stone Sublimely Self Righteous Black IPA

Racer 5

Moylander Imperial IPA

NOLA Hopitoulas

Houblon Chouffe Belgian IPA

Rogue Brutal Bitter

Pale Ales & Bitters
Red Seal Ale

Sierra Nevada Pale Ale

Bayou Teche LA31 Biere Pale

Northcoast Red Seal

Stouts & Imperial Stouts
Lazy Magnolia Jefferson Stout

Harpoon Oyster Stout

Browns, Blondes, Ambers
De la Senne Zinnebir Unpasteurized Belgian Hoppy Blonde

NOLA Brown Ale

NOLA Blonde

Lazy Magnolia Southern Pecan

Sours
Cantillon Rose de Gambrinus

Professor Fritz 1809 Berliner Weiss

Pilsner,  Lager & Kolsch
Brooklyn Lager

Sunner Unpasteurized, Hoppy German Kolsch

Sierra Nevada Summerfest (Pilsner)

Coney Island White Albino Python Ginger & Fennel Lager

Covington Pilsner

Scrimshaw Pilsner

Fruit Infused Beer & Ciders
Fox Barrel Pear Cider

Covington Strawberry

Bayou Teche Grenade

Magic Hat #9

Coney Island White Albino Python Ginger & Fennel Lager

Kellerbiers/Altbiers
Mahrs Ungespudet Hefetraube Unfiltered, Unpasteurized German Wheat Beer


Saisons
NOLA Hurricane Saison – American Saison With Belgian Yeast

Page 24 Printemps French Brewery, Hildegard’s Spring Seasonal





Bottles:
In addition to the bottles you see here we offer specialty Belgian and American sours when we can access them. Beers like Cantillon, Drie Fonteneinen and Jolly Pumpkin are available when we can get them!

Saisons & Biere de Garde
Cuvee de 7’eme Wild Yeast Saison
Cuvee des Jonquilles
La Merle Saison
Saison Dupont


Gueze, Lambics & American Sours
Cantillon Classic Gueuze
Drie Fonteinen 2010 Schaerbeeske Kreik
Quelque Chose Cherry Ale 2009
Jolly Pumpkin: Oro de Calabaza, Bam Biere
Jolly Pumpkin: Marcaibo Especial
Giradin Black Label Gueze
Cuvee René Gueze
Cantillon Boscella Grand Cru


Oude Briun, Flanders Red & Sour Stouts
Monk’s Cafe Sour Flanders Red
Duchesse de Bourgagne Flanders Red Ale
Liefmans Cuvee-Brut, Fruitesse
Odin’s Triple Wild Yeast Stout
Bellegems Oude Bruin
Jolly Pumpkin: Madrugada Dark Dawn Stout


Specialty American Craft Bottles
St. Arnold Divine Reserve IPA
Sierra Nevada Torpedo IPA
Sierra Nevada Kellerwiess
Northcoast Pranqster Hoppy Golden
Northcoast Old Rasputin
Northcoast Old Stock Ale
Unibroue Don de Dieu
Unibroue La Merle Saison
Unibroue La Fin Du Monde


Belgian & Trappist
Brooklyn Local 1 & 2
Rochefort 8 & 10
Abbot 12
St. Bernardus
Chimay
Duvel
Omer Blonde
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Re: the big easy
« Reply #5 on: June 22, 2011, 07:19:44 AM »
Thanks, deepsouth.  I'll have to check that out next time I'm there.
It's right on the trolley line, too.
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Re: the big easy
« Reply #6 on: June 22, 2011, 08:17:35 AM »
Avenue Pub looks worth a visit, thanks. I suspect I'm attending the same event that kgs is this weekend  ;)

I found two bars (located not far apart) named Beerfest which had some taps of beer I could go for...not a low price place, but decent beer.
Yeah, I saw those places on BeerAdvocate. $10.50 for a pint of Guinness  ::)

Sidney's Wine Cellar gets good reviews as a bottle shop. Anyone been there?
http://www.yelp.com/biz/sidneys-wine-cellar-new-orleans
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Re: the big easy
« Reply #7 on: June 22, 2011, 08:28:10 AM »
the two best places to buy beer in new orleans are stein's deli (also a fantastic place to grab a wonderful sandwich or cheeses) or cork & bottle.
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Re: the big easy
« Reply #8 on: June 22, 2011, 10:40:37 AM »
Sidney's Wine Cellar gets good reviews as a bottle shop. Anyone been there?
http://www.yelp.com/biz/sidneys-wine-cellar-new-orleans

Yeah, I've been to Sydney's before.  It's your best bet if, like us, you're staying in the quarter and are on foot - very convenient.  Also, the folks that work there have always been friendly and helpful and the selection is good.

We'll be hitting town this Sunday but not for any conference, just a vacation.
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Re: the big easy
« Reply #9 on: June 22, 2011, 10:42:28 AM »
Sidney's Wine Cellar gets good reviews as a bottle shop. Anyone been there?
http://www.yelp.com/biz/sidneys-wine-cellar-new-orleans

Yeah, I've been to Sydney's before.  It's your best bet if, like us, you're staying in the quarter and are on foot - very convenient.  Also, the folks that work there have always been friendly and helpful and the selection is good.

We'll be hitting town this Sunday but not for any conference, just a vacation.


it's only a very short cab ride to avenue and stein's. if you feel like a short three minute cab ride, it's worth it.
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Re: the big easy
« Reply #10 on: June 26, 2011, 07:58:10 PM »
[it's only a very short cab ride to avenue and stein's. if you feel like a short three minute cab ride, it's worth it.

I had dinner at Avenue tonight and thoroughly enjoyed myself. A really great selection, although I limited myself to NOLA Brewing beers, as I try to follow Michael Jackson's advice and drink local whenever possible. Their IPA is excellent.
Sidney's is a pretty good store but I've also found a lot of Abita, Lazy Magnolia and Bayou Teche beers at places on Canal Street, which is closer to my hotel. Didn't make it to Stein's and they're closed tomorrow  :-[
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Re: the big easy
« Reply #11 on: June 26, 2011, 08:24:21 PM »
Thanks, deepsouth.  I'll have to check that out next time I'm there.
It's right on the trolley streetcar line, too.

Carrollton Station - over 50 beers
8140 Willow Street
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The River Shack Tavern - Always something good on tap - great muffalettas!
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Jefferson, LA 70121

Franky & Johnny's - Real local food & beer  (I met my wife-to-be here during NHC '96)
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New Orleans, LA. 70115

Mid City Lanes Rock & Bowl - always something local and good on tap
An awesome place for live local music... A bowling alley - UPSTAIRS!
3000 South Carrolltoin Ave
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Re: the big easy
« Reply #12 on: June 27, 2011, 05:28:44 AM »
Carl, I heard they moved RocknBowl out of that strip mall.  I'm not sure it's still upstairs.
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Re: the big easy
« Reply #13 on: July 03, 2011, 02:48:07 AM »
thanks, everyone. In the end this wasn't a great beer experience for me, but it was a good time anyway. Sometimes you have to go with the flow. Terrific reccs for the next time, though!
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