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Beer buzz: Gnarly Barley expands, Second Line releases saison

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Gnarly Barley Brewing Company (1709 Corbin Road, Hammond, 985-318-0723; www.gnarlybeer.com) is expanding, say founders Cari and Zac Caramonta. The brewery will double its current capacity, adding a chiller, three 60-barrel fermentation tanks and one five-barrel tank to use for experimental beers.

  It soon will offer its flagship beers, including Catahoula Common, Radical Rye P.A. and Korova Milk Porter, in cans. Gnarly Barley holds a "canning party" at the brewery beginning at noon Feb. 4. Cari says the event will have a "Gnar-B-Gras" theme, with purple, gold and green T-shirts, glasses and koozies for sale.

  "We will have Louisiana food, live Louisiana music and specialty beers available," Cari says. "It will also be the first opportunity for people to buy freshly packaged Gnarly Barley in cans." Canned beers should hit store shelves before Carnival parades begin.

• Second Line Brewing (433 N. Bernadotte St., 504-248-8979; www.secondlinebrewing.com) crowdsourced the name of its newest large-scale production beer, a blood orange saison style that initially was available only in the taproom. The popularity of the pilot batch spurred the brewing team to expand its production.

  More than 200 prospective names were submitted via social media. The name had to reflect New Orleans history. In the final stage, which included customers' votes, the Tennessee Williams-inspired "A Saison Named Desire" won. A Saison Named Desire will be available at the brewery in late December and eventually will be sold in six-packs.

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