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NOLA Brewery Tour

It looks as if their only tour during the week is on Friday at 2:00 p.m. Anyone been? Would you recommend it? Would it be advisable to go on this tour, and after it's over, slide back to the Quarter for a leisurely celebratory birthday dinner at Galatoire's? Whatcha think? Opinions?

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  1. I would recommend going, but not in the dead of summer. I went last Friday and it was so stinking hot in there. Almost hot enough to discourage me from drinking free beer. The actual tap room is air conditioned but it is only slightly cooler than the brewery because the door is propped open and it gets really crowded. They shut it down by 4 so you could definitely get to dinner afterwards.

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    1. re: uptownlibrarian

      How about the middle of September, librarian? Guess I need to check their website, but is this something you have to reserve, or just show up at 2:00 p.m. on Tchoupitoulas Street for the tour? Thanks!

      1. re: Christine

        It will probably still be hot then. Average high for September is still in the high 80s. You might get a pleasant day though.

        You don't reserve. They open the gate at 1:45 and allow people in until 2:15. The tour part is very informal, they just sort of corral those who want to hear the tour off to the side and everyone else just keeps tasting. It's actually $5 now rather than free, and you get pint glass to keep.

        1. re: uptownlibrarian

          Sounds good, thanks for the info. Really appreciate it! Don't know whether we'll fall into the category of tour-takers or not, since we've done tours in the past at other breweries, but just doing taste-testing for $5 sounds good to me as well ;-0

          I'll keep my fingers crossed for a pleasant temp Friday...

      2. re: uptownlibrarian

        Sounds like you'd be dreadfully sweaty in which case I'd want to shower before going out. And if I were going directly I would have to be in seersucker at the brewery. If staying in the FQ it would be easy, though.

        1. re: hazelhurst

          Wow. Until this thread, if one had said "NOLA brewery tour," I would have assumed that it was some sort of retro, museum thing, where one would be tasting JAX, Regal, Falstaff and Dixie 45. It took a few seconds on Google, to put it all together NOLA Brewery!

          Thanks, as I learned something.

          Hunt

          1. re: Bill Hunt

            Hey Hunt, I like when that happens to me, too, and it seems to happen more and more...haha!

            I hate to beat this horse again, but I think we are going to scrap the NOLA Brewery plans so that we can devote more hours/time to Galatoire's on Friday afternoon, and not feel tired and sweaty after a tour. Hazelhurst, we are going to follow your suggestion to show up at Galatoire's @ 4 in the afternoon, and just settle back for a several-hour dinner and drink adventure. Besides the souffle potatoes, what oyster dish did you say to order? We'll just put ourselves into our server's competent hands and care. Just to make sure, we don't need rezzes?

            I don't want to flout the moderators' rules here, but what is the name of the clothier you recommend for seersucker suits, HH? Hubby is set on buying one, as well as a visit to Meyer the Hatter. He told me he would also like to have an old-fashioned shave and haircut at a tonsorial parlor. Any of those you'd recommend? Hey, look at all the concessions I'm making on MY fiftieth birthday vacation LOL! The things we do for love...

            1. re: Christine

              Perlis or Rubenstien Bros for classic seersucker and Aidan Gill for shave and a haircut.

              1. re: buzd504

                Or Pat at the Monteleone Barber Shop.

              2. re: Christine

                Oyster dishes: the oysters en brochette is a classic. I like black butter with it, and you can ask them to tinker with it. A friend once had béarnaise dumped on it as an example of wretched excess but you should be fair to the frying job and eat them before they get too soggy. Their Oysters Rock, while it has spinach, is good..they use a lot of garlic.

                I'ved used the Monteleone for haircuts--not a shave in years though--since the 1970s, when they were still in what became the Aft-Deck bar on Royal. They moved around the corner.

                Perlis is where I go for seersucker/poplin but I have trouble these days because it is all two-button and they have darts. I like the 1960 box-cut, three button style. But the Perlis stuff will do. Cut it full for maximum comfort. They'll know how to do it.

                1. re: hazelhurst

                  We'll probably go with the Oysters Rockefeller then, since we LOVE garlic. Have you been to Aidan Gill? It looks like that's what he's interested in, but your endorsement of Monteleone goes a long way, and it will be more convenient since it's in the Quarter. And he is totally on your page about the two-button & darts suits since he is a large man, and prefers the three-button box-style as well.

                  Thank you so very much for the tips!

                  1. re: Christine

                    Mr Gill gets rave reviews but I have not been there. If I am spending that much on a haircut it will be at Geo. F. Trumper, Curzon St, London. I'll give him a whirl sometime, though. It would be nice to have someone who can do the uber-close straight razor shave prior to a Carnival Ball.

                    Why don't you get one Rock and one en brochette? Everyone else does. Your waiter let you know what is possible. they are very accommodating.

                    I have heard that J Press is doing a proper cut seersucker.

                    1. re: hazelhurst

                      Oh yeah, we'd love to mix it up with different oyster preps...we haven't met one yet we don't like! ;-) I think we are going to love our waiter-led frolic through the menu at Galatoire's...

                      That's exactly what hubby is interested in...a very very close shave with a straight razor. Does Pat at Monteleone do that?

                      We'll take a look at J Press as well. Where is it located?

                      And just to keep this on a food/chowhound topic, will Hansen's Sno-Bliz be open the second week of September?

                      1. re: Christine

                        You'd have to call the shop on the shave..as I said I have not had one in a LONG time. Many barbers quit doing it years ago citing AIDS concerns. But, like that inane kerfuffle over raw eggs in Caesar salads, it seem to have gone away.

                        J Press is in New York, New Haven, Cambridge, Mass. They have a website. It, along with the old Brooks Brothers and FR Tripler, outfitted the Ivy League for years and years.

                        Hansen's should be open still. and Casamento's might have just re-opened so you can play with their oysters.

                      2. re: hazelhurst

                        Just a note – Gill doesn't actually use straight razor, they use very sharp Gillette blades.

                        1. re: kibbles

                          How very depressing...but not unexpected.

                          1. re: hazelhurst

                            i have no idea but id imagine it's a safety/cost thing...theyd have to follow strict procedures (autoclave, etc) if reusing straight blades, where as they can dispose of these after use.

                            that being said, it was still the smoothest save ive ever had the times ive been. all the heat and salves and whatnot...

                  2. re: Christine

                    While that "brewery tour," the one that I was not familiar with, might be great, I would never let any tour get in the way of Galatoire's, unless maybe it was a "tour of 1er Cru Bordeaux," or "tour of the wines of DRC."

                    The hhaberdashery that you wish is Perlis, and I shop at the Magazine St. store.

                    Most of all, enjoy and travel safely,

                    Hunt

            2. While I will put in a vote for Perlis, Aidan Gill, and Meyer, for a tour I would take the one at Old New Orleans Rum on the edge of the FQ. I find commercial distilling at the micro level more interesting than beer brewing.

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              1. re: collardman

                Hey collardman, are you taking a peek at my plans? ha :-)

                Yes, we indeed are planning to do a tour of the NO Rum distillery on Frenchmen street. Have got all the pertinent info jotted down (times and phone numbers to make reservations), so all that is left is for me to get my butt in gear and make it happen.

                Coincidentally, believe it or not, I'm eating a piece of homemade rum cake right now...unfortunately, it's not made with Old New Orleans Rum....but still good! ;)