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Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Brewsday Tuesday: local beer tours in the Lower Garden District

Posted By on Tue, Aug 9, 2016 at 9:00 AM

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As New Orleans’ beer scene continues to grow — with three production breweries, one nanobrewery, two brewpubs, and an increasing array of dedicated beer bars — one 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 company that uses local guides and currently offers two beer tour “experiences” in the Lower Garden District. Both were created by local beer connoisseur James Reeves, who also leads the tours. Each two-hour experience costs $40 and does not include food, drink or transportation.

“I think it's important that New Orleans take its place among cities with a vibrant brewing scene," Reeves says. "Local craft breweries are active in social causes ranging from veterans' issues to supporting animal shelters and hosting pet adoption events. The craft brewing scene in the New Orleans area has grown tremendously in recent years and is producing some excellent beer. As beer lovers and supporters of local homegrown businesses, we have a duty to highlight those accomplishments and help foster future growth.”

“Hops and Honeysuckle in the Lower Garden District” starts at Urban South Brewing on Tchoupitoulas for a tour and beer flight, moves to Courtyard Brewery for a pint and ends at Avenue Pub, another significant influence on the city’s beer scene.

Reeves’ “Hops and Cocktails in the Lower Garden District” experience is similar, but also focuses on the city's growing whiskey culture. It begins at Courtyard Brewery for beer, then heads across Magazine Street to Barrel Proof, a whiskey-focused bar and on to the Avenue Pub to enjoy 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. The company also welcomes ideas for other tours and experiences.

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