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Beer buzz: West Bank Beer Fest and more local beer news

Plus the return of Ghost in the Machine

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NOLA Brewing Company is working with Tulane University to create Green Wave Beer. The brew will be a filtered hefeweizen with traditional wheat-beer notes of clove and banana. It is expected to be released in time for Tulane's opening football game against Grambling State University at Yulman Stadium Saturday, Sept. 2. It will be available at bars, restaurants and stores in the fall.

  • The West Bank Beer Fest is at NOLA Motorsports Park (11075 Nicolle Blvd., Avondale, 504-302-4875; www.nolamotor.com) on Saturday, July 22. Attendees get a souvenir mug and unlimited tastings of beers from more than 30 breweries, including 40 Arpent Brewing Company, Abita Brewing Company, Bayou Teche Brewing, Bell's Brewing in Michigan, Covington Brewhouse, Gnarly Barley Brewing Company, Goose Island Beer Company of Chicago, Lagunitas Brewing of California, NOLA Brewing Company, Spoetzl Brewery in Texas, Tin Roof Brewing and Urban South Brewery. There also is music by Johnny Sketch & the Dirty Notes, the Roots of Music Marching Crusaders and DJ Brice Nice. Riding experiences in sports cars and other vehicles are available prior to the event. Shuttle transportation is available to and from Mandeville, Elmwood and Harrah's New Orleans. Tickets are $15-$70.

  • Two of the city's newest breweries are collaborating on a beer. Brieux Carre Brewing Company (2115 Decatur St., 504-304-4242; www.brieuxcarre.com) and Royal Brewery New Orleans (7366 Townsend Place, Building B, 504-415-8444; www.royalbrewerynola.com) are crafting Hans und Franz roggenbeard, a traditional German-style rye brew. There will be release parties at Brieux Carre July 29 and Royal Brewery July 30.

  • Parish Brewing Company recently released the latest edition of its sought-after Ghost in the Machine beer. The double IPA normally is produced in small quantities, but this summer, Parish says it will roll out new batches more frequently.

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