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Gnarly Barley celebrates another year with Gnar Fest
It seems like only yesterday that I was visiting with Zac and Cari Caramonta at beer festivals when Gnarly Barley was merely the name of their brewery in planning. This month, their brewery, which recently was recognized as one of the 50 fastest-growing breweries in the United States, turns 4 years old.
As with any birthday, there has to be a celebration. And celebrate Gnarly Barley will during Gnar Fest at noon Saturday at the Hammond brewery. The family-friendly party will feature music from Delta Revelry and Sgt. Pepper’s Beatles tribute band, food from Sweet Daddy’s BBQ and a bounce house for the kiddos.
Did I mention there will be beer? Oh, yes, there will be beer.
Saturday marks the brewery-only release of Gnarvana, a new double IPA. Judging by the quality and popularity of Gnarly Barley’s other IPAs (Jucifer, Brightside and Radical Rye), I’d guess this is a beer you won’t want to miss.
Admission is free. VIP tickets are $30, which gets you a limited edition anniversary glass, three beer tokens, a four-pack of Gnarvana cans and access to a VIP beer line.
Blood orange is the new black
A pair of new beers that feature blood oranges have hit shelves in south Louisiana. Orange Show from Houston’s Saint Arnold Brewing and Saison Named Desire from New Orleans’ Second Line Brewing are now available at area grocers and bottle shops.
Saint Arnold’s Orange Show is a blonde ale brewed with blood oranges. The beer is named after the famed art monument of the same name in Houston’s East End neighborhood. Featuring half a pound of blood orange puree per gallon, this beer also features citrusy Centennial and Citra hops.
Orange Show is a light-bodied beer that is absolutely crushable. If you’re looking for a pool beer this summer, this is a great choice. With its light body and citrusy flavors, this beer is supremely quaffable at 5.3 percent alcohol by volume.
Second Line Brewing is located in Mid City New Orleans, and its bottles have started to make their way into Baton Rouge. Saison Named Desire has become one of its best-selling beers, and it’s easy to see why.
Brewed with orange zest and Moro blood oranges, Saison Named Desire is light and refreshing. The Belgian yeast imparts a traditional saison character, while the blood oranges provide a citrusy zing that makes this 5.6 percent ABV beer a great choice for pairing with nearly any south Louisiana cuisine.
You Into beer? Try Utah’s Uinta
Utah’s Uinta Brewing recently made its way into Louisiana in an effort to expand its distribution footprint across the country. This Salt Lake City brewery turns 25 years old this year; so it knows a thing or two about beer.
Currently, six different Uinta beers are available here, all of which are canned. Lime Pilsner is a year-round offering that combines a traditional pilsner with a hint of lime for a refreshing take on the style. Mango Lime Pilsner is the same beer with a splash of mango for added tropical notes.
Hop Nosh IPA is its flagship IPA that weighs in at 7.3 percent ABV and features notes of pine and grapefruit. Detour is a double IPA that is a heavy hitter at 9.5 percent ABV and features big pine, orange and guava notes. Dubhe is another big beer, but this one is a 9.3 percent black IPA with big notes of roasted coffee and pine.
Last but not least, Baba is a black lager that looks heavy but at 4.0 percent ABV is a highly drinkable beer featuring coffee and chocolate notes.
Look for Uinta’s offerings at area specialty grocers and bottle shops.