Parish Brewing Co. (229 Jared Drive, Broussard, 337-330-8601; www.parishbeer.com) holds its annual Grand Reserve Day at the brewery at noon Saturday, Nov. 22.
For the second year, Parish Brewing's Grand Reserve barleywine will be released during its Grand Reserve Day event. This is the beer's third vintage.
Tickets are available online only and cost $25, which includes a Parish snifter, unlimited pours of its flagship beers (Canebrake, Envie, Farmhouse IPA and South Coast amber ale) and 10 5-ounce pours from a selection of other options, including the 2014 Grand Reserve, previous Grand Reserves, the inaugural Imperial Reserve, Milton Teagle Jr. Jr. (a wild ale refermented on fruit in pinot noir barrels) and other specialty beers.
Mama T's food truck will be on hand, and there will be live music by the Rayo Brothers. All guests must be at least 21 years old, and designated-driver wristbands are free.
The Imperial Reserve stout will be unveiled on Nov. 22 for the first time. The brewery eventually plans to have three reserve beers, one for each section of the Cajun flag. The Grand Reserve barleywine features a castle on its label; the Imperial Reserve stout will have the star; and three fleurs-de-lis will decorate the third beer in the series, which may be a Belgian-style tripel.
Parish's new expanded bottling line is up and running, which means the greater New Orleans market should have access to six-packs of Canebrake, Envie, and South Coast (a release date has not been announced).
Also good news for hopheads: Parish cellarman Dan Northcutt confirms that he dry-hopped the latest version of its popular and critically acclaimed double IPA Ghost in the Machine, so it will be ready soon. — NORA McGUNNIGLE