Our story began with a casual conversation between two friends who generally spent Friday afternoons together enjoying a few beers at Nola Brewing. In the spring of 2016, on a typical Friday, Peter Van Dusen and Patrick Healey decided to take the initiative and find a solution for providing easy access – for the millions of tourists visiting New Orleans throughout the year – to the amazing craft beer and the growing number of breweries opening in and around town.
While learning everything they could about the history, current happenings, and future of New Orleans’ brewing industry, these beer enthusiasts, began their journey to the creation of New Orleans’ Original Brewery Tour, which is the most comprehensive brewery tour in New Orleans today.
In addition to New Orleans’ Original Brewery Tour, today known simply as New Orleans’ Brewery Tour, is a member of a much larger tour company, including Premium Tours and Transportation, Gators and Guns, Baton Rouge Blitz, Private Swamp Tours and a number private tour options.
Peter Van Dusen
After graduating with his bachelors in Travel and Tourism from Johnson and Wales University in Providence, Rhode Island in 2008, Peter moved to New Orleans. Starting his career as a concierge at an upscale French Quarter hotel, he was able to get to know the ins and outs of New Orleans’ vast tourism industry, and gained his tour guide license in 2015. With a love for craft beer, the plan for developing a unique New Orleans brewery tour fell into place.
Patrick Healey moved to New Orleans in 2007 to work in real estate development, focusing on rebuilding damaged homes throughout Greater New Orleans. As is frequently known to happen, New Orleans quickly became home. After seven years of sales and customer service, moving into crafting custom tour experiences for New Orleans visitors seemed like a natural transition, and showcasing this great American city and everything it has to offer had become a passion.
Beer Connoisseur & Expert Tour Guide
From the land of Lincoln Dave received his Master’s in Tourism from Western Illinois University. After graduation, Dave packed up and headed to the Beer Capitol of the West, Denver, CO. After becoming an amateur connoisseur in everything CO craft beer, Dave still had desire to continue his brewery exploration. With his love of both quality craft beer and showing people a great time, joining forces with New Orleans’s Original Brewery Tour was a clear match.