Parish Brewing made an unprecedented amount of its popular Ghost in the Machine double IPA since June, even terming the season the “Summer of Ghost.”

Sadly, for fans of this beer, the sun is setting on Ghost for the year.

The last of 2017's Ghost has been packaged and shipped to area restaurants, bars and retailers. There is still plenty of this hop bomb to be found in local grocery stores and bottle shops, but aficionados may want to stock up on bottles. The beer won’t return until sometime in 2018.

But fear not, hop heads. Parish will be brewing loads of the newly named Nova Vert IPA through the end of the year.

This beer was previously known as Opus Vert, but due to a dispute with the Opus One Winery, the IPA got a new name for this fall's release. Nova Vert will be brewed in large quantities and will begin showing up at area retailers at the end of the month. Let the "Autumn of Nova" commence.

Gnarly Barley and Jay Ducote team up for GnarBQ, Imperial Korova release

Barbeque, beer and blues music — Gnarly Barley Brewing is pulling out all the stops for its fourth annual GnarBQ. 

The Hammond brewery will host the party from noon to 7 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 28. The event features barbecue from Jay Ducote and his Bite & Booze crew, a costume contest and live music from Blues Boy George and Delta Revelry.

GnarBQ also marks the release of the brewery's Imperial Korova Porter. Brewed once a year, Imperial Korova is an amped up version of the Korova milk porter and weighs in at 9 percent alcohol by volume (ABV). Packaged in 750ml bottles and featured on draft, Imperial Korova features bold notes of dark chocolate and coffee, with a hefty mouthfeel and warming finish.

GnarBQ is free and is a kid and dog-friendly event. Limited VIP tickets are available for $45 and include a commemorative Teku glass, a 12-ounce pour of 2017 Imperial Korova, a 12-ounce pour of 2016 barrel-aged Imperial Korova, a 750ml bottle of 2017 Imperial Korova and a bottle of Jay D’s Louisiana barbecue sauce. The barrel-aged Imperial Korova will only be poured for VIPs. 

For more information, visit facebook.com/gnarlybarley or gnarlybeer.com

NOLA’s Darkest Before Dawn now available in cans

NOLA Brewing actually stands for “New Orleans Lager & Ale,” a clever moniker based on the widely used abbreviation for the city. But interestingly enough, NOLA didn’t even brew a lager until seven years after they opened. That changed in 2015 when they released Darkest Before Dawn on the 10-year anniversary of Hurricane Katrina’s landfall.

Named as a reminder of NOLA Brewing’s roots that sprung from the determination and hope that sprung from Katrina’s devastation, Darkest Before Dawn is a Munich-style Dunkel. This copper-colored lager is malt forward, with notes of chocolate and caramel. The hops are decidedly in the background here, which allows the Munich malts to shine. The finish is clean and crisp, and this is an easy drinker at 5.5 percent ABV.

Previously only available on draft, Darkest Before Dawn has been canned this year, meaning you can drink it in the comfort of your own home, before, or preferably after, dawn.