Black IPA, 7.1%
Originally conceived as a one-off collaboration beer with Terrapin Brewing from Athens, GA, this dark, citrusy hop bomb has proved so popular that it’s brewed annually. Louisiana citrus season coincides with the late winter and early spring, and this year’s blood oranges were sourced locally from Little River Citrus.
Pale ale, 6%
This aptly named beer is part of Covington’s newly established and expanded seasonal beer line. It’s perfect to pair with the crawfish boils the brewery holds on Friday nights during the season, and the Columbus, Falconer’s Flight, Amarillo, and Zythos hops make for a refreshing, hoppy brew.
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Nora McGunnigle, a beer writer based in New Orleans, enjoys this time of year after Mardi Gras season but before festival season. Follow her adventures on Twitter: @noradeirdre.