Nora McGunnigle picks a few bars, restaurants, festivals and events where you can find great New Orleans and Louisiana beer. "There are bars with a decent beer selection here and there, but as far as 'beer bars' are concerned, things are sparse," McGunnigle says. "I find better curated lists at restaurants, which is why that list is so much longer."
The Avenue Pub
1732 St. Charles Ave., (504) 586-9243
Aline Street Beer Garden at Prytania Hall
1515 Aline St., (504) 891-5774
The Barley Oak
2101 Lakeshore Drive, Mandeville, (985) 727-7420
618 Frenchmen St., (504) 942-3731
4508 Freret St., (504) 324-1636
301 Tchoupitoulas St., (504) 299-9777
8115 Jeannette St., (504) 862-5514
2800 Magazine St., (504) 265-0421
Crescent Pie & Sausage
4400 Banks St., (504) 482-2426
617 Piety St., (504) 676-8482
200 Julia St., (504) 252-9480
625 Chartres St., (504) 265-8123
March 9: New Orleans International Beer Festival in Champions Square
The state's premier beer tasting event showcases local brewers as well as beer from all over the world. There will be several different beer garden areas, including a cask beer garden and a cider garden.
May 13-19: American Craft Beer Week
Bars and restaurants all over the city participate with local brewers to spotlight the local craft beer scene.
Early June: WYES-TV Private Beer Sampling and International Beer Tasting
This annual fundraiser runs over two days — the first night is a smaller and more intimate VIP event, and the second is an all-day affair in a much larger space with more beers and more people.
Late Sept.-early Oct.: New Orleans On Tap
Many of the newest breweries still unlicensed to sell their beers can and do pour samples at charity events like New Orleans On Tap. Discover new brewers and what they are doing. Proceeds benefit the Louisiana SPCA.
Late Jan. 2014: Stein's Beer Day
Stein's Deli presents brewing demonstrations, pairing information, and a bottle share at the end of the night. Stein's also offers beer classes throughout the year.
In addition, check The Avenue Pub's website for various brewery-specific special events throughout the year: www.theavenuepub.com
March 6-May 22: Wednesdays at the Square
Sponsored by Abita and put on by the Young Leadership Council, this is a springtime free music series on Wednesday evenings in Lafayette Square in the CBD.
March 23: Hogs For The Cause
A barbecue competition sponsored by NOLA Brewing. All proceeds support pediatric cancer family services.
Apr. 11-14: French Quarter Fest
Free music festival in the streetsand parks of the French Quarter, sponsored by Abita.
Apr. 18-June 13: Jazz in the Park at Armstrong Park
A concert series sponsored by NOLA Brewing.
Apr. 26-May 5: New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival
Yes, it's sponsored by Miller Lite — but there are one or two spots at the Fair Grounds where you can find Abita. Keep your eyes open.