Summer's here, and the heat calls for thirst-quenching beer. Here are a few noteworthy brews and updates from New Orleans:
• Abita Brewing Company (www.abita.com) and NOLA Brewing (www.nolabrewing.com) have released summer seasonal brews. Abita's Seersucker Summer Pils is a clean-drinking, refreshing pilsner. NOLA Brewing's Hurricane Saison has undergone a makeover in its sixth year of production; the entire batch has been dry-hopped with Galaxy hops to complement the saison's fruity yeast with a tropical fruit hop aroma and flavor.
• Chafunkta Brewing Co. (www.chafunktabrew.com) increased its capacity by teaming up with Lazy Magnolia (www.lazymagnolia.com) in Mississippi and brewing Kingfish Ale, a light American cream ale, the first Chafunkta beer to be bottled and sold in six packs.
• Parish Brewing Co. (www.parishbeer.com) is holding its first beer dinner at Red Fish Grill (115 Bourbon St., 504-598-1200; www.redfishgrill.com), featuring all of Parish's year round beers, including South Coast amber ale, Dr. Hoptagon and Farmhouse IPA, paired with a local seafood-focused menu. The dinner is at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, June 25, and the cost is $70 (plus tax and tip).
• Courtyard Brewing has finished constructing in-ground plumbing and floor drainage, and brewing equipment is starting to arrive. Owners Scott Wood and Lindsay Hellwig are waiting to pour concrete and are planning to build out "the most interesting bathrooms of any brewery in the country." Follow the brewery at www.facebook.com/courtyardbrew.
• Second Line Brewing (www.hopfoolery.com) is working with the Small Business Administration and the Louisiana Small Business Development Center to finalize its business plan and financing. The brewery has received approval from the Louisiana Department of Revenue and is working with the Louisiana Office of Alcohol and Tobacco Control and the city of New Orleans.