Standing in the Place d’Armes, NOLA Beer Tours (www.nolabeertours.com) guide Eric Stockwell recited New Orleans’ Regal Brewery’s catchphrase from its heyday in the mid-1900s: “Red beans and rice, and Regal on ice.”
He paused, then said, “That stuff sold like crack, you guys.”
NOLA Beer Tours was founded in 2013 and aims to combine the history of beer in New Orleans with a tour of the French Quarter and highlighting local beers at a variety of bars. Stockwell says that for the most part, the tours are made up of people with a genuine interest in craft beer. My tour group had a diverse mix of folks from Slidell, Cleveland, Los Angeles, Texas and Oklahoma.
The tour I went on earlier this month met at Tujague’s for the first stop. Although I was initially skeptical of the location, the restaurant’s historic significance combined with two iconic Louisiana beers on tap — NOLA Blonde and Abita Amber — and a snack of its house specialty brisket changed my mind.
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