The Courtyard Brewery
1020 Erato St.; www.courtyardbrewing.com
The vibe: Owners Scott Wood and Lindsay Hellwig converted a small warehouse into a brewery, and it hosts food trucks.
What you'll drink: There's a selection of beers from other breweries, but try Wood's Sonic Youth in 1983 IPA or beers in the Traveler single-hop series.
Crescent City Brewhouse
527 Decatur St., 504-522-0571; www.crescentcitybrew- house.com
The vibe: Owner Wolfram Koehler brews German-style lagers. There's an oyster bar with prime views of the brewery's copper kettles.
What you'll drink: Classic pilsner and changing brewer's specials, which run the gamut from American IPAs to English brown ales.
Covington Brewhouse Tap Room
226 E. Lockwood St., Covington, (985) 893-2884; www.covingtonbrewhouse.com
The vibe: The taproom is open Thursday through Saturday.
What you'll drink: The new summer seasonal Rock & Roll Summer Farmhouse Ale.
200 Poydras St., 504-552-2739; www.gordonbiersch.com
The vibe: Part of a national chain of brewpubs, Gordon Biersch brews a variety of German-style beers on site, and patrons can enjoy them in the large restaurant or bar or the beer garden on the Fulton Street pedestrian promenade.
What you'll drink: SommerBrau. New head brewer Sonny Day brews classic German beer styles and throws his own flair at beers like his Belgian IPA.
NOLA Brewing Taproom
3001 Tchoupitoulas St,, 504-301-0117; www.nolabrewing.com
The vibe: The brewery built its new taproom right next to the older one, using reclaimed wood and materials. There' a second-story deck with views of the Mississippi River and food from McClure's Barbecue, such as pulled pork poutine.
What you'll drink: NOLA Brewing beers including its lineup of sour beers on draft. Try sour coffee porter when it's available.
Old Rail Brewing Company
639 Girod St., Mandeville, (985) 612-1828; www.facebook.com/oldrailbrewingcompany.com
The vibe: Large windows illuminate the spacious interior and dark wood bar. Matt Horney brews beer on the premises and chef Brett Monteleone serves inspired pub food.
What you'll drink: Try flagship Echo Sierra Bravo, an ESB, or Cow Catcher Milk Stout and Seven Sisters IPA. Watch for specialty beers such as barrel-aged Dark Territory Imperial Russian Stout.