About Our Tours

New Orleans’ Original Brewery Tour is all about having a great time, getting to learn about the brewing process and history of brewing in New Orleans, and, of course, sampling some damn fine beer!

Our tour begins with a hotel pickup in our brand new van, and then the fun begins. Since all of the breweries that we tour are within 2 miles of downtown New Orleans, our travel time is virtually nonexistent.

Our first stop is Courtyard Brewing, a nano-brewery. We start you off  easy with a cold, 4-6 oz beer sample, and get to tour their three-barrel system located just behind the bar. After getting your second 4-6oz beer sample at Courtyard, check out the patio or chat with your knowledgeable bartender before we head on to the next brewery.

Up next is Urban South Brewery, New Orleans’ newest brewery. We keep things moving with an ice cold 4-6oz beer sample, and then tour their shiny new custom brewing setup, followed by another 4-6oz beer sample!

Our final stop of the day is at New Orleans largest brewery, NOLA Brewing. At NOLA, they literally hand us the key to the brewery, where you will get a behind the scenes tour of the brewery floor. Afterward, we make a stop in their tap room to finish strong with two Full Beers! If you’ve worked up an appetite from all that beer, McClure’s Barbecue is also available for purchase.

Urban South Brewery was founded in 2016 by Jacob Landry with the intention of combining the heritage of European beer making with the brashness of new American styles.

Located in a converted warehouse in the Irish Chanel, this microbrewery currently brews two beers year round and offers a variety of seasonal options.

  • Charming Wit – Belgian Wit | 4.9% ABV | 20 IBU,

    Brewed with Coriander, Orange Peel, and Grapefruit Peel

  • Holy Roller – India Pale Ale | 6.3% ABV | 60 IBU,

    Brewed with Centennial, Cascade, Mosaic, and Citra Hops

Founded in 2014 by Scott Wood, Courtyard is a Nano Brewery that utilizes a three-barrel brewing system.  

Courtyard also features rare and one-off beers sent by craft breweries from around the country, which means they cannot sell their beer off-site.

They brew approximately 100-150 barrels per year, as compared to the thousands produced annually by larger microbreweries.
Courtyard doesn’t offer flagship beers, instead featuring a wide and ever-changing variety of beer.

Commonly called “NOLA Brewing Company,” the brewery is located in a converted warehouse building at the corner of Tchoupitoulas and Seventh Street in Uptown New Orleans.

Following the closure of the Dixie Brewing Company facility after Hurricane Katrina in 2005, no commercial brewery operated within the city of New Orleans.  That changed when Kirk Coco founded NOLA Brewing Company and it produced its first craft beer in 2009.

NOLA Brewing Company beers are currently served in bars throughout the Southeast United States, and available in grocery stores throughout Louisiana.
NOLA Brewing Company currently brews 7 beers year round, and offers a wide variety of seasonal options.

  • NOLA Blonde – Blonde Ale | 5% ABV | 22 IBU
  • NOLA Brown – English-style Mild Ale | 3.9% ABV | 15 IBU
  • Hopitoulas  – India Pale Ale | 6.5% ABV | 48 IBU,

    A combination of six hops and six malts

  • 7th St. Wheat – Wheat | 4.5% ABV | 12 IBU,

    20 lbs of basil goes into each brew, totaling 80 lbs per batch

  • Mecha – American Imperial IPA | 8.8% ABV | 81 IBU,

    Formerly known as Mecha Hopzilla, 4 different types of hops

  • Rebirth Pale Ale – Pale Ale | 5% ABV | 41 IBU,

    A portion of the proceeds goes to the Roots of Music Foundation

  • Irish Channel Stout  – American Stout | 6.8% ABV | 41 IBU

About Us

New Orleans’ Original Brewery tour was born of a casual conversation between Chief Operating Officer of NOLA Brewing, Dylan Lintern and Premium Tours and Transportation co-founder, Peter Van Dusen. The New Orleans craft brewery scene was growing rapidly, but the millions of annual visitors to New Orleans didn’t have easy access to the amazing breweries opening all over town.

After years of enjoying Friday afternoons on the NOLA Brewery floor, Peter and co-founder Patrick Healey dove into learning all they could about the history, current happening, and the future of New Orleans brewing. From there the most comprehensive brewery tour in New Orleans today came into fruition. Having recently launched Gators and Guns, a first of its kind tour in New Orleans, it seemed only natural for Premium Tours and Transportation to create another unique tour, which lead to the creation of New Orleans’ Original Brewery Tour.

Peter Van Dusen

After graduating with his bachelors in Travel and Tourism from Johnson and Wales University in Providence, Rhode Island in 2008, Peter moved to New Orleans. Starting his career as a concierge at an upscale French Quarter hotel, he was able to get to know the ins and outs of New Orleans’ vast tourism industry, and gained his tour guide license in 2015. With a love for craft beer, the plan for developing a unique New Orleans brewery tour fell into place.

Patrick Healey

Patrick Healey moved to New Orleans in 2007 to work in real estate development, focusing on rebuilding damaged homes throughout Greater New Orleans. As is frequently known to happen, New Orleans quickly became home. After seven years of sales and customer service, moving into crafting custom tour experiences for New Orleans visitors seemed like a natural transition, and showcasing this great American city and everything it has to offer had become a passion.

Dave Wagner

From the land of Lincoln Dave received his Master’s in Tourism from Western Illinois University.  After graduation, Dave packed up and headed to the Beer Capitol of the West, Denver, CO. After becoming an amateur connoisseur in everything CO craft beer, Dave still had desire to continue his brewery exploration. With his love of both quality craft beer and showing people a great time, joining forces with New Orleans’s Original Brewery Tour was a clear match.

Such a fun way to check out the NOLA craft beer scene! Beers were delicious (and plentiful), tour was informative, and great company. Can’t wait to see how the breweries evolve in the future!
Kiley L
Had a lot of fun. We two of us were the only people on the tour – which I liked. If there was more people it would have been fun as well too. You should do this tour if you go to New Orleans.
If there’s one thing New Orleans understands, it’s deliciousness. And there’s not much that goes better with gumbo or jambalaya than locally made beer teeming with flavor. Ginger Pat’s NOLA Brewery Tour is just about the best way to see different parts of this beautiful city while maintaining your buzz.