Parish Brewing recently released a large batch of their highly acclaimed Ghost in the Machine double IPA. Bottles and draft are available all over south Louisiana. More will be released at the brewery taproom on July 14.

Ghost in the Machine is a hazy IPA that weighs in at 8.0-percent alcohol by volume (ABV) and prominently features the Citra hop, which gives this beer its strong citrusy aroma and flavor.

Look for Ghost in the Machine bottles at specialty grocers and liquor stores, and on tap at your favorite watering hole. But don’t delay because this beer sells out quickly given its reputation as one of the best beers brewed in Louisiana.

Don't miss Toast Under the Oaks 

Nottoway Plantation in White Castle hosts its second Toast Under the Oaks beer festival at 5 p.m. Saturday.

The festival will feature samplings of more than 200 commercial and home-brewed beers, live music, food and a cash bar. Jay Ducote’s Gov’t Taco will be on hand slinging tacos, and Dat’z Italian will serve wood-fired pizzas.

Representatives from local breweries such as Tin Roof, Southern Craft, Parish, Bayou Teche, Abita, Gnarly Barley, Urban South, Great Raft and NOLA will be on hand to sample their beers. National breweries in attendance include Founders, Bell’s, Ballast Point, New Belgium and Lagunitas.

Home-brewed offerings from local clubs Redstick Brewmasters, Brasseurs a la Maison and Bicycle Brew Club will be available for sampling, along with beers from LA Homebrew, Baton Rouge’s only full-service homebrew shop. The event will also feature a homebrew competition.

Tickets are $35 in advance, $45 at the gate. VIP tickets, which grant patrons early entry at 4 p.m., are $75. Designated driver tickets are $10 and include unlimited sodas. 

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Tin Roof releases Gose with the Flow

Baton Rouge’s Tin Roof Brewing released their Gose with the Flow, a German-style tart ale on draft, in late June. Cans are now available across the state. This light and easy drinker features sea salt and coriander, making it a refreshing summer beer.

Gose with the Flow debuted in 2016 as a summer seasonal and was sold in 22-ounce bottles. This year, the recipe has been perfected, and the large format bottles have been ditched in favor of cans. This beer weighs in at a crushable 4.6-percent ABV.

A gose (pronounced go-zuh) is an old German-style beer that is tart from the use of lactic bacteria (the same that's found in yogurt). The beer features very little bitterness with a citrusy zest from the coriander and dryness from the salt. The finish is crisp, and you’ll find yourself reaching for another, especially after cutting the grass or hanging out at the pool.

Look for Gose with the Flow at the brewery taproom, as well as at local grocers and bottle shops.

Urban South Hello Darlin’ ‘Merican Pale Ale now available

New Orleans’ Urban South Brewing has released a new summer seasonal. Hello Darlin’ ‘Merican Pale Ale is an easy-drinking pale ale that weighs in at 5.0-percent ABV. This beer will only be available for a limited time and can be found in cans as well as on draft.

Hello Darlin’ features Mandarina Bavaria, Hallertau Blanc, Citra and Azacca hops, which give this ale subtle tangerine and tropical fruit notes. This beer is not quite an IPA but still packs plenty of hop flavor without the bitterness. It’s an easy drinker, perfect for the hot summers in south Louisiana.