Abita Brewing Company
(166 Barbee Road, Covington, 985-893-3143) and Lazy Magnolia Brewing Company
(7030 Roscoe Turner Road, Kiln, 228-467-2727) have released seasonal beers that capitalize on current beer trends — session IPA and wild/sour beers, respectively — and both added a bit of heat to the brews.
Abita, which released an alcoholic version of its root beer called Bayou Bootlegger, released two new beers. Big Easy IPA is the newest addition to its lineup. It’s a 4.5 percent alcohol by volume (ABV) session IPA dry hopped with Cascade, Amarillo, Centennial and Simcoe hops, which yield a lighter beer with lots of hop flavor and aroma.
The brewery’s new seasonal beer is ready for crawfish season. Louisiana Spiced Ale is meant to mimic the flavors of a crawfish boil and is brewed with Cascade hops for a citrus note and spiced with cayenne, paprika, bay leaves and lemon peel.
Lazy Magnolia released a spicy ale called Jeez Louise as part of its Back Porch series. It features heat from jalapeno peppers and tropical hop profiles from Citra hops. It has a pale ale base and promises subtle heat with full fruity flavor from the significant hop presence.
Lazy Magnolia's brewers created a sour beer called Heirloom Ale. It’s an amber ale with lactobacillus added for souring and is aged with pinot noir-soaked oak chips. Heirloom Ale is part of the brewery’s Debutante Series, which features barrel-aged beers and other brews that matured for months or years before being released to the public.