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New Orleans Beer Bars 

At both brewpubs and bars with dozens of choices on tap, there are more and more local brews. Here are some local microbrewers and places with deep selections of beers from around the globe.

Abita Brew Pub The Abita Brew Pub occupies the space that used to be the brewery. In its two decades, the microbrewer has far outgrown its space and capacity, but the pub is still a good place to catch up with all the brewery has to offer. The lineup includes the flagship beers Amber and Turbodog as well as high-alcohol content Andygator, Abita's India Pale Ale and raspberry-infused Purple Haze. There are also changing seasonal options, although the well-like strawberry beer is in bottles only, and the current special is 18th Star Biere de Garde, a French-style beer honoring Louisiana's bicentennial. The brewery also sells six-packs and growlers (half-gallon containers) to go. 72011 Holly St., Abita Springs, (985) 892-5837; www.abitabrewpub.com

Avenue Pub The Avenue Pub has long been a casual watering hole on St. Charles Avenue, and features a serious beer selection, with nearly 50 rotating choices on tap including Louisiana brews from Bayou Teche and NOLA Brewing Co. 1732 St. Charles Ave., 586-9243; www.the-avenuepub.com

The Bulldog Both Bulldog locations have good beer selections, but the Magazine Street pub offers well more than 100 draft and bottled beers from around the world and a courtyard in which to enjoy them — complete with a beer tap fixture water fountain. 3236 Magazine St., 891-1516; 5135 Canal Blvd., 488-4191; www.bulldog.draftfreak.com

Cooter Brown's Tavern In addition to its stock of hundreds of bottled and draft beers from around the globe, Cooter's houses a Celebrity Hall Of Foam and Beersoleum, a sort of art exhibit featuring 100 deceased celebrities. 509 S. Carrollton Ave., 866-9104; www.cooterbrowns.com

Crescent City Brewhouse Brewmaster Wolfram Koehler crafts German-style beers according to age-old Bavarian standards and the selection typically includes a pilsner, a Munich-style dark beer, wheat beer, Vienna-style Red Stallion and a seasonal option. 527 Decatur St., 522-0571; www.crescentcitybrewhouse.com

Gordon Biersch This American brewpub chain crafts German-style beers including light-bodied lager, auburn-colored Marzen, wheat beer, Czech-style pilsner, a dark beer and a seasonal brew. 200 Poydras St., 552-2739; www.gordonbiersch.com

Lager's Like its sister Bulldog pub, Lager's offers more than 100 beers on draft and in bottles, all detailed by state or country of origin, style and alcohol content. 3501 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 887-9923; www.lagersmetairie.draftfreak.com


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