We had some beers in New Orleans. They were yummy. Try these if you see them in your local beer store:
Abita is one of the better-distributed Louisiana brews (I’m pretty sure I had their Purple Haze in Chicago). We had their amber ale in New Orleans and it was great. And we heard it pronounced Uh-Beet-Ah. Brewed north of New Orleans.
Dixie’s facility got battered by Katrina, then looted, which means the beer’s currently getting brewed in Wisconsin and shipped south while they get things back in order. We saw the Dixie building and figured it had been abandoned for ages — but Katrina hit in 2005. The regular lager is good, but get the Voodoo Lager if you see it instead.
I like dark lagers and Dixie Blackened Voodoo Lager is very good. If you can’t find it, try Guinness’s Black Lager for a close approximation.
Lazy Magnolia’s Southern Pecan is a brown ale brewed with pecans instead of whatever most nut browns are brewed with. It was my favorite — a great nut brown. Brewed to the east in Mississippi. Which means the best beer in New Orleans is from Mississippi.