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Beer buzz: beer tours in the Lower Garden District 

click to enlarge >Hops and Cocktails in the Lower Garden District tour starts with a beer at Courtyard Brewery.

Photo by Nora McGunnigle

>Hops and Cocktails in the Lower Garden District tour starts with a beer at Courtyard Brewery.

As New Orleans' beer scene continues to grow — with three breweries, one nanobrewery, two brewpubs and an array of dedicated beer bars — one important measure of success is the number of tourists and visitors exploring the beer and the breweries in the city and state.

  FUHWE (a Caribbean phrase meaning "for us") is an organization that offers two beer tour "experiences" in the Lower Garden District. Both were created and are led by local beer connoisseur James Reeves. Each two-hour experience costs $40 and doesn't include food, drink or transportation.

  "The craft brewing scene in the New Orleans area has grown tremendously in recent years and is producing some excellent beer," Reeves says. "As beer lovers and supporters of local homegrown businesses, we have a duty to highlight those accomplishments and help foster future growth."

  The Hops and Honeysuckle in the Lower Garden District tour starts at Urban South Brewing on Tchoupitoulas Street for a tour and beer flight, moves to Courtyard Brewery for a pint, and ends at Avenue Pub.

  Hops and Cocktails in the Lower Garden District experience is similar, but also focuses on the city's growing whiskey scene. It begins with beer at Courtyard Brewery, heads across Magazine Street to Barrel Proof, a whiskey-focused bar, and on to the Avenue Pub for beer and whiskey selections.

  To sign up for one of these tours (or one of many others not related to beer) go to and create a profile.

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