May 9, 2023 - Food and Drink

Brewery Saint X now open for pre-game beers

Brewery Saint X, now open in the New Orleans CBD, is walking distance from both the Superdome and the Smoothie King Center. Photo: Randy Schmidt for Brewery Saint X

Brewery Saint X is now open, pouring locally made beers and serving up game day-ready plates from chef Shannon Bingham.

Why it matters: After some closures through the pandemic, the South Market corridor is finally back to a full slate (and then some) of dining options within walking distance of the Caesars Superdome and Smoothie King Center.

My visit: I stopped by the brewery's preview party last month, unfortunately unable to sample the namesake libations (my first child was due in a matter of weeks), but the visit was enough to get a taste of what's on tap for the restaurant's future.

Details: Bingham is behind both Brewery Saint X and newly opened Devil Moon BBQ (the two concepts share a wall and kitchen). His resume includes local stints at Cochon Butcher, Gautreau's and a role on the opening team of Blue Oak BBQ, where he won the Grand Champion title at Hogs for the Cause in 2017.

  • The chef is also known for his fried chicken, thanks to another of his concepts, Buttermilk.

The vibe: Brewery Saint X is all modern brewpub, with high ceilings, big TVs over the bar and glass windows separating the dining space from the brewing equipment.

  • It features warm brass, lush ferns, natural wood tones and polished concrete.
A full wooden tabletop covered in salads, chicken wings and beers is viewed from above.
Brewery Saint X offers plates and snacks perfect for pre- or post-gaming. Photo: Randy Schmidt for Brewery Saint X

The move: Come here with a big group of friends before you hit up a Saints game.

The menu is fine-tuned for game day crowd-pleasing, from appetizer options built for sharing to a tidy kids' menu.

  • The preview party only had a few passed options, few of which appeared on the Saint X menu, but the slightly spicy sauce on the cheeseburger was enough of an excuse to return.
  • When I do, it'll be to try the more interesting-sounding options, like the pulled smoked mushroom sandwich and the spicy fried green tomato appetizer.
  • As for drinks, expect a diverse selection from the brewery's small-batch production, from a fruited sour ale to hazy IPAs and Czech-style lagers.

Beyond the beer, the drink menu includes frozen drinks (like a Pimm's Cup), a natural wine selection and nonalcoholic and traditional cocktails.

5 (or) 4 word review: Burgers and bevs, baby.


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