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72011 Holly St., Abita Springs (985) 892-5837
The full selection of Abita Brewing Co.'s beers at the bar — from Golden Ale to the potent Andy Gator — complements the diverse menu at this attractive Abita Springs brewpub. Start with the Andygator crawfish cake served with fried tomatoes and topped with remoulade made from Turbodog brew and move onto the Hazed baby-back ribs marinated in Jockamo Stout and grilled with Abita root beer and Purple Haze barbecue sauce. Reservations accepted for parties of 10 or more. Lunch and dinner Tue.-Sun. Credit cards. $$

527 Decatur St. 522-0571;
This airy, two-story French Quarter spot is largely dominated by the burnished copper tanks in which the restaurant cooks up its special house brews, including the light, crisp, Pilsner and the robust Red Stallion. Baked and fresh oysters, as well as heartier fare like the smoked and slow-roasted Brewhouse ribs, make an excellent match with the microbrews, as does the nightly live jazz. Reservations recommended for large parties. Call for hours. Credit cards. $$

200 Poydras St. 552-2739;
This spacious brewery and restaurant chain serves German-style beers brewed on site and food that appeals to any palate. The Southwest eggrolls, burgers and signature garlic fries complement the sturdy brews. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

3501 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie 887-9923
Variety is the name of the game at Lager's, where the collection of 75 beers on tap and many more in bottles is stocked from brewers across the globe. The kitchen serves American-style bar food, pasta dishes, steaks, wraps and sandwiches and a Louisiana/Tex-Mex crossover appetizer called the Crawfish Banditos. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

1401 W. Esplanade Ave. (The Esplanade), Kenner 468-7733; 1525 St. Charles Ave., 520-8100; 1644 Hickory Ave., Harahan 738-0799; 4450 Veterans Memorial Blvd. (Clearview Shopping Center), Metairie 780-9090;
A new arrangement to brew Zea's acclaimed beers off premises means the distinctive house suds once only available at Clearview will now be poured at all its locations. Meanwhile, the kitchens maintain their grand culinary tour of the world with great rotisserie meats, Thai ribs, duck empanadas and, from the Far East, dishes like the shrimp nasi goring. No reservations. Hours vary by location. Credit cards. $$


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