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Beer buzz: hoppy new releases from Louisiana breweries



Southern Louisiana's beer scene is about to get a whole lot hoppier.

  Gnarly Barley Brewing Company released its reworked Radical Rye P.A. in the New Orleans area. The recipe removed crystal malts from the grain bill, added hop resin for the Columbus and Cascade bittering hops and added Citra whirlpool and dry-hopping.

  Gnarly Barley founder and head brewer Zac Caramonta says when the brewery opened with its Radical Rye flagship in 2014, there weren't any other rye beers in the area.

  "As palates in the market — including our own — quickly evolved, I realized that we weren't doing the beer justice," Caramonta says.

  The new version of Radical Rye is paler in color and hazy in appearance. Caramonta describes the beer as crisper and spicier.

  The new Radical Rye is available on draft at bars and restaurants including Cochon, The Bulldog Mid-City, Bourbon House, Mopho and R Bar.

  Mudbug Brewery increased its capacity in 2016 with a new 30-barrel brewhouse and canning line. It released Cafe Au Lait coffee milk stout and White Boot blonde ale in cans and on draft.

  Head brewer Leith Adams says Mudbug's newest beer, Intracoastal IPA, is scheduled for release in cans and kegs on Aug. 15.

  Mudbug releases Pelican Pilsner cans and kegs next month, followed by its draft-only Oktoberfest beer. In November, Mudbug will release a limited amount of Imperial Chocolate King Cake Stout, Adams says.

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