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Beer buzz: new brews from NOLA and Oskar Blues and more 

click to enlarge New beers from Louisiana breweries hit area stores.

Photo by Nora McGunnigle

New beers from Louisiana breweries hit area stores.

Spring has sprung in New Orleans, and this year that means the arrival of buck- moth caterpillars — and several new beers.

  The NOLA Brewing Company-Oskar Blues collaboration, The Wolf and the Lamb imperial pilsner, celebrates Oskar Blues' first anniversary in Louisiana and is now available in cans in specialty stores and supermarkets. The can design was created by local artist J. Pierre and depicts local musicians in front of shotgun houses.

  Lazy Magnolia, located in Kiln, Mississippi, released a special-edition beer called Fleur de Wheat, an American-style wheat beer brewed with Sorachi Ace hops, chamomile flowers and lemon peel.

  Great Raft Brewing released a new beer to add to its stable of seasonal beers available in 22-ounce bombers. The new spring seasonal, Near and Far, was inspired in part by the brewery's collaboration with chef Brian Landry for the first volume of its Besh Foundation Provisions & Traditions series last year. It's a Kolsch-style beer with strong hop character courtesy of one pound of  Nelson Sauvin and Amarillo hops per barrel.

  Great Raft also released Come What Mayhaw, its first bacteria-fermented sour beer aged in pinot noir barrels and the state's first foudre with mayhaw berries.

  Baton Rouge's Tin Roof Brewing will release a new seasonal called Rusted Rye IPA. It will work with Simcoe, Centennial, Falconer's Flight and Mosaic hops to create a black pepper, citrus and pine flavor combination.

  Brewer Alex Daigrepont said music is an inspiration for many of his beers, and the name Tin Roof Rusted was inspired by a line in The B-52's song "Love Shack."

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