Friday afternoon tours at NOLA Brewing resumed on November 30th after a three month hiatus due to damage inflicted by Hurricane Isaac. The brewery has taken advantage of the break to build out an impressive new tap room and merchandise area. For long-time NOLA fans, the line of taps next to the cold room is still in operation.
Earlier this year, the brewery expanded into the building next door. This new space contains the tap room, with the rest being used for bags of grain and pallets of cans and kegs, waiting to be filled and distributed to thirsty NOLA fans.
A gleaming set of new stainless steel fermenters tower over the main brewing area, where NOLA President, Kirk Coco, gave a spirited tour. He alluded to a secret new beer that is currently in development and also mentioned that the can design for their next beer to be available in that format is being finalized. More information on this will be coming very soon!
Ahead of the official launch on Thursday, December 6th, their winter seasonal, Irish Channel Stout, was available in the tap room. I sampled a glass and can confirm that it is as delicious as ever, whether served straight or mixed half and half with Hopitoulas IPA.
If you have never been on a tour of the NOLA brewery, or if you haven’t been for a while, it is well worth a trip to check out their new digs.