Louisiana Craft Brewer Week (LACBW) is a great event to introduce new or Changed brews. Here are four beers debuting this year.
1. Bayou Teche Brewing in Arnaudville has two new releases. The second version of its A Giant Hop for Mankind IPA features Simcoe, Motueka and Cascade hops. In collaboration with the University of Louisiana, the second Ragin' Cajuns beer will be out in time for LACBW. Called Ragin' Cajuns Genuine Louisiana Lager, it is a Mexican lager brewed with Louisiana honey. Sample both brews at 3 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 18, at The Avenue Pub (1732 St. Charles Ave., 504-586-9243; www.theavenuepub.com).
2. If you want to be among the first people to try Brightside, Gnarly Barley Brewing Company's (1709 Corbin Road, Hammond, 985-318-0723; www.gnarlybeer.com) new American IPA, go on one of its brewery tours Saturday, Sept. 17, between noon and 5 p.m. Brightside also is available Thursday, Sept. 22, at The Avenue Pub and Saturday, Sept. 24, at Red White & Brew (120 E. Thomas St., Hammond, 985-345-1211; www.redwhitebrew.com).
3. A limited edition of a popular grapefruit-infused variation of Urban South Brewery's Holy Roller IPA, previously only available in the taproom, will be served at several local bars, including The Bulldog Mid-City (5135 Canal Blvd., 504-488-4180; http://bulldog-midcity.draftfreak.com/) on Wednesday, Sept. 21.
4. Great Raft Brewing (www.greatraftbrewing.com) of Shreveport releases the newest version of Oceans Between Us Batch 002, a beer brewed with brettanomyces and dry hopped with a different hop in each version — the new batch has been dry hopped with Galaxy hops. The latest version of Great Raft's hoppy saison, All My Tomorrows, debuts at the brewery's Shreveport taproom on Thursday, Sept. 22, as well as at the Taps and Tapas event at The Chimes Covington (19130 W. Front St., Covington, 985-892-5396; www.thechimes.com/restaurants/3).• Three beer and food events for Louisiana Craft Beer Week