Brewsday Tuesday: New releases from Louisiana breweries

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NOLA Brewing creates its first lager.
  • NOLA Brewing creates its first lager.


Baton Rouge’s Tin Roof Brewing Company will release a session IPA called Gameday IPA on Aug. 15. The 4.3 percent alcohol by volume (ABV) beer is hopped with Simcoe, Amarillo, Mosaic and Warrior hops and will be available on draft and in cans as the brewery’s fall seasonal offering.

This is the first time a Louisiana brewery is releasing a wide-production session IPA — a hoppy beer that's 5 percent ABV or lower. The style has been exemplified by Founder Brewing's All Day IPA, New Belgium's Slow Ride, Stone Brewing's Go To IPA and Courtyard Brewery’s Baby IPA (so named because the brewer formulated the low-alcohol beer for his wife while she was pregnant).

NOLA Brewing will release its first lager, a Munich dunkel style called Darkest Before Dawn, as its fall season beer. Many German beers follow the lager tradition, which involves using a bottom-fermenting yeast and fermenting the brew at cooler temperatures than would be done with ale yeasts.


This dark European lager will have a dark copper to brown color, and the aroma will be malty, but this style is not hoppy. The focus is on the grain bill, which features dark German Munich malts and a small amount of caramel and dark-roasted barley. Darkest Before Dawn will be have an ABV of between 5 and 5.5 percent.

Bayou Teche Brewing is coming out with Knott's Berry Beer in August, a French farmhouse ale brewed with blackberries and aged in sauvignon blanc barrels.

Finally, Great Raft Brewing is releasing its third volume of Provisions and Traditions in conjunction with the John Besh Foundation. The newest version is an oak-aged marzen, a traditional German fall beer style, made with Louisiana cane sugar. It will be brewed in collaboration with Luke chef Drake Leonards and released in September.


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