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Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Brewsday Tuesday: new beer in Louisiana

Posted By on Tue, Jun 7, 2016 at 9:00 AM

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  • Nora McGunnigle

As the weather turns from warm to hot, Louisiana brewers — and breweries from out of state — are releasing new beers to stores and bars around the state, crafted to refresh beer lovers on the hottest days of summer.

Abita Brewing is rolling out a new Harvest lineup. Replacing Lemon Wheat is Blueberry Wheat, following its popularity in the brewery's taproom. Made with fresh Louisiana blueberry juice, the light wheat imparts lots of flavor without being heavy on the palate.

Abita’s other summer seasonal, Seersucker Pilsner, has also been released. Mark Wilson, Abita’s head brewer, says of the decision to brew a pilsner for the summer, “Our water is perfect for brewing pilsners. It’s great for the Louisiana summer because it is on the lighter side with regards to color and ABV, but still full of flavor from the malt and traditional German hops.”

Covington Brewhouse has released its summer seasonal, Rock & Roll Farmhouse Ale, for the second year. This year’s version, according to head brewer Brian “Bruiser” Broussard, is a blend of two batches of beer, one made with French saison yeast and one made with Belgian yeast, combined right before bottling. At 5.5 percent alcohol by volume (ABV), this beer is well suited for quenching thirst in the summer heat.

Second Line Brewing releases its 22 ounce bottles of the brewery’s latest flagship beer, Rte. 47 Red IPA, to retailers this week. This is the first bottled beer to come from the Mid City brewery, which has also undergone a brewer change, with Gar Hatcher — formerly with Bayou Teche Brewing — taking up the mantle of head brewer at Second Line.

Social and traditional media has been abuzz with the news that the country’s oldest operating brewery, Yuengling Brewery, will be sending its beers to Louisiana at some point in the near future. While details are sketchy — such as where in Louisiana it will be distributed, who will distribute it, and which beer will be distributed — the news has excited many local beer drinkers.

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