Check out this week’s On Tap column for The Advocate that’s published here.
On Tap: The ‘Summer of Ghost’ is upon us and more Louisiana craft beer news
Fans of Parish Brewing’s popular double IPA will want to mark this date on their calendars.
The Broussard brewery’s Ghost in the Machine returns to market, starting June 14, beginning the so-called “Summer of Ghost.” The beer will then be available across the brewery’s distribution footprint.
Ghost in the Machine gained a cult following among craft beer drinkers several years ago when customers used to drive from store to store to buy it, since quantities were very limited. Last summer, “chasing Ghost” proved to be a thing of the past as the brewery was able to produce more than enough to satisfy demand. The same should be the case this summer and into early fall.
Ghost in the Machine is an 8-percent alcohol by volume beer jam packed with Citra hops, which were hand-selected by owner Andrew Godley during his visit to the Yakima Valley region of Washington in the fall. That valley is where most of the country’s hops are grown.
Look for Ghost in the Machine on tap at your favorite watering hole, as well as in 4-packs of bottles at specialty grocers and bottle shops around the region.
Gnarly Barley to release Green Spaces IPA
On Saturday, Hammond’s Gnarly Barley Brewing will release its first beer in a new hop forward series. The beer is called Green Spaces and will be available in 22-ounce bottles only at the brewery. Green Spaces features Vic Secret, Citra and Mosaic hops with 6.66 pounds per barrel.
In layman’s terms, that’s a lot of hops.
Also returning on Saturday is the brewery’s popular Peanut Butter Korova milk porter, which will also see limited distribution to area retailers.
A free, family-friendly event for the beer releases starts at noon Saturday at the brewery at 1709 Corbin Road, and will feature food from Couvillon Catering and music from Casey Saba.
Crying Eagle rebrands its brews
Founded in Lake Charles in July 2016, Crying Eagle Brewing initially launched with three beers. However, the brewery was forced to rebrand its best seller, The Chuck, after a conflict over the name.
Crying Eagle didn’t cry in its figurative beer. Instead, the brewery used the dispute as an opportunity to rebrand its entire lineup.
Crying Eagle now has four offerings available in the Baton Rouge market as of this spring: Louisiana Lager, Hop Blooded IPA, Ready to Mingle and Pistol Bridge Porter.
Louisiana Lager is an easy drinker brewed with Louisiana rice for a clean, crisp finish. Hop Blooded IPA was originally brewed with members of the rock band Foreigner and is now a flagship offering featuring tropical hops. Ready to Mingle is a Belgian-style single that drinks easy at a mere 4.6-percent ABV. Pistol Bridge Porter features dark chocolate, toffee and dried fruit notes.
Find all four of Crying Eagle’s brews in cans at area supermarkets and on tap at local restaurants and bars.
Now available: New Braunfels Brewing
New Braunfels, Texas, may be best known as the home of the original Schlitterbahn waterpark and resort. However, this small town, situated halfway between San Antonio and Austin, also features a brewery pumping out wild and sour beers that are now available in Louisiana.
Primarily available in large format bottles (750ml), New Braunfels’ beers are best described as funky. Among the beers available is Blondine, a German-style Hefeweizen bottled with its house wild yeast and souring bacteria. It’s easy to drink, yet complex, with banana and clove notes playing well against the tartness.
Other beers available from New Braunfels include Saison de Canneberge (farmhouse ale with cranberries), Black Fury (dunkel aged in oak barrels), Heavenescent (barrel aged sour wheat), Extempore (dark wheat fermented with wild yeast and barrel aged), Sangre de Shiva (red wine barrel aged dark wheat) and Funkromancer (Blondine aged on dried hibiscus flowers).
Look for New Braunfels beers at area specialty grocers and bottle shops.