Just in time to fight the summer heat, Wayward Owl Brewing Company (3940 Thalia St., 504-827-1646; www.waywardowlbrewing.com) will release Dat Radler, a tart, fizzy brew made with mango and passion fruit. It is 4.7 percent alcohol by volume. It will be available exclusively in the brewery tasting room beginning Tuesday, July 11.
Beer lovers who want something light but with more flavor than mass-produced lagers can find many options on local store shelves. Here are a few choices from craft breweries in the surrounding region:
• Abita Brewing Company (Abita Springs). To-Gose is a vintage German-style brew with mild sourness, accented with the addition of lime, coriander and sea salt.
• Gnarly Barley Brewing Company (Hammond). Catahoula Common is a crisp, medium-bodied pale lager with a clean finish.
• Great Raft Brewing (Shreveport). The recently reformulated Southern Drawl pilsner is made with Louisiana rice and dry-hopped to get a floral hop aroma.
• NOLA Brewing Company (New Orleans). Hurricane Saison is a traditional Belgian-style summer brew made with cumin, peppercorns and grains of paradise.
• Saint Arnold Brewing Company (Houston, Texas). Summer Pils is a classic pilsner with a light body and malty sweetness.
• Southern Prohibition Brewing (Hattiesburg, Mississippi). Suzy B is an easy-drinking blonde ale with a hint of wheat.
• Urban South Brewery (New Orleans). Coop'd Up is a slightly tart farmhouse beer with a light golden color and dry finish.