|Tin Roof Brewing, Baton Rouge, Louisiana and judging by the crowd it attracts patrons from across the USA.|
GUEST BLOG / By Kevin Revolinski, Writer, CraftBeer.com
A couple hours south of Natchez is Baton Rouge where Tin Roof Brewing, 1624 Wyoming, St., Baton Rouge, is on the east side of the river just south of U.S. 10. Voodoo, a hazy, dry-hopped American pale ale is a mainstay. Ten taps include a nitro line and many of their beers are canned. Watch for scheduled free tours. https://www.tinroofbeer.com/
After Baton Rouge, the river and route make their bend to the east, which brings you to the Big Easy. New Orleans seems to have lined up most of its breweries along the river. Take your pick. Just off Frenchmen Street, the city’s popular stretch of music venues, Brieux Carre Brewing, 2115 Decatur St., New Orleans, runs a seven-barrel system to keep a dozen rotating beers on tap. The brewery name is a play on Vieux Carré, the French Quarter. https://www.brieuxcarre.com/
Parleaux Beer Lab, 634 Lesseps St., New Orleans, as the name suggests, plays around with its beers putting an emphasis on creativity rather than devotion to style. The taproom, an old garage, opens to the street and a pebbled beer garden has ample seating with a bit of shade. https://www.parleauxbeerlab.com/
New Orleans Lager & Ale (NOLA Brewing) 3001 Tchoupitoulas St., New Orleans, founder Kurt Coco was stunned to find that an old standard, Dixie Beer, was no longer brewed locally. So he opened a brewery and brought in one of Dixie’s former brewers and as a result fixed it. They started with a blonde and a brown ale, and now produce eight staples year-round, plus some seasonals. They’re all available in cans. NOLA Brewing has some rooftop seating at their taproom and serves good barbecue to go with their 20 taps. Most of those beers are available in cans as four-packs and six-packs, and some come in crowlers. Tours are available at the brewery. https://nolabrewing.com/
NEAR THE RIVER:
|Crescent City Brewhouse, New Orleans|
Miel Brewery & Tap Room, 405 Sixth Street, New Orleans, celebrating its first year, Oct. 2019. Seafood paella, too.
Port Orleans Brewing Co., 4124 Tchoupitoulas St., New Orleans, https://portorleansbrewingco.com/
Second Line Brewing, 433 No. Bernadotte St., New Orleans,
Crescent City Brewhouse, 527 Decatur St., Modern Louisiana fare in a sleek two-story microbrewery with live jazz nightly & a courtyard with oyster bar. French Quarter. http://www.crescentcitybrewhouse.com/
END OF THE ROAD.
Fortunately for beer lovers, the Big Easy lies near the finish line and you could lose a few days here celebrating. But if you really want to be precise, pack a couple growlers and follow Louisiana 23 the last 75 miles to Venice, where the Great River Road officially ends.
Venice is the last village on the Mississippi River delta. Tidewater Road, the real end of the Great River Road, actually ends as a splash in the road. If you paddle your boat farther down you’ll have wind at your back and a strong current right into the Gulf of Mexico. If you think about it all the land here was once Minnesota, Wisconsin, Illinois. That’s what rivers do. And, good luck paddling back, Madeline.
For the past seven weeks, we’ve serialized the CraftBeer.com feature on the Great River Road. To read it in one sitting.
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