A lot of people hit this place up because they hear itís the only true brewery left in the quarter. That worked on me too a few times when I first moved to the city. If you enjoy beer this place is not for you. While they do brew on site it doesnít seem they put much effort into it. The brewing seems to be more of a gimmick/novelty to bring customers through the door than anything else. They usually have five different brews, none of which are anything special, available on tap. They serve nothing else and charge absurd rates for the beers. The food is average at best but for the prices it should be much better. Just an example - I got a german sausage and sauerkraut meal with some potatos last time and it was nearly 20 dollars for the meal alone. The ingredients probably cost 2 dollars. The markup is wayyy too high! Avoid this place.
Dinner stop on Tuesday while avoiding the large group dinner for work, which I avoid on principle when I travel. Fairly empty in the restaurant area, but the bar was pretty full. Long bar and a few high tables. Service was solid and helpful. They had five beers on tap, four standards and a rotating seasonal - the IPA when I was there. Menu had some cajun influenced food, but was pretty barrish overall. Flights of all five beers were like $8.50, which is good for the French Quarter. I actually thought a couple of the beers were solid, but the IPA was painfully bad. Food was pretty meh as well.
Right on Decatur in the center of the French quarter. Nice old brick facade, fairly dimly lit. Copper brewing equipment behind decent sized bar. Nice ambiance. Quick, friendly service. Four beers plus a seasonal on tap.
This is basically a 1980s-1990s era brewpub, before people realized you needed to constantly rotate and experiment (or alternatively, be absurdly good at what you do (see Heady Topper)).
I ordered a sampler of their beers and tried them in order of darkness (remember, that is the model of the 1990s brewpub: blonde, red, black). Pilsner was lousy. Straight up. I think I would rather drink a PBR. Weiss beer was passable. Red Stallion, their signature Vienna lager, was uninspired at best and bad at worst. Black Forest was passable. Holiday Bock was just sugary malts without much effort.
I understand that you have been brewing these same beers for years and might be reluctant or scared to try something new, but you have no excuse with the limited edition beers. Indeed, there is no excuse for any of them. I am sure that there are hundreds of brewers who know what they are doing and would love to work in a fine establishment such as this. Get your game together.
The food looked fine and the restaurant looked nice, but the beer was at an unacceptably low level and at a high price.
Stopped in on a Thursday evening. Parked several blocks away, as I was just exploring the area. It looked like street parking was available when the streets arenít blocked off. There was a decent blues band playing while I was here and that was enjoyable. It took several minutes to be noticed at the bar, despite it being less than half full. The server didnít know what their special beer on tap was and there wasnít a draft list anywhere I saw that said what it was. Maybe I missed it. The beers were all mediocre. I canít speak to the food, but I was given a taste of their cocktail sauce just for being at the bar. It was quite good and unlike any I had tried previously. My five beer sampler was about $9.50 before tip.
This is one of several place ticks along Decatur Street. Itís a pretty nice walk since you can see the water from here and itís across the street from the old Jackson Brewery. Itís also down the street from the Pepper Palace, which any fan of chili, hot sauce, or salsa should experience. Sadly the beer made at this brewery is at best sub par, and at worst bad. They had some lagers, which was an interesting touch but nothing on the menu really impressed me. As usual, the hefe was the best.
The Decatur St burger was good in that I was allowed to choose from a large list of cheeses. The fresh mozzarella along with the tomatoes on the burger were a good combo.The burger itself was OK. The service was minimal but friendly. The bar is old and wooden with a very heavy layer of shellac on it. Above the bar a bunch of blown glass jellyfish. Kind of neat.
The building is worth exploring but the beers are not.