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Beer Buzz: Urban South Brewery opens, plus more new local beers 

click to enlarge Great Raft Brewing released Oceans Between Us.

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Great Raft Brewing released Oceans Between Us.

Urban South Brewery opened March 17 with two beers: Charming Wit and Holy Roller. A tasting room (1645 Tchoupitoulas St.) will open in April and help in the development of the brewer's third beer, Coop'd Up. Urban South Vice President Kyle Huling says the brewers envision Coop'd Up as an "urban farmhouse ale." Since the farmhouse ale and saison styles are quite open in terms of malts, hops and yeasts used, Huling says they hope to use tasting room feedback to decide the best direction for Coop'd Up.

  Bayou Teche Brewing released an anniversary beer called Teche's Classic Gose — a collaboration with Zapp's potato chips. The beer features a special blend of Zapp's seasonings in place of the salt used in a traditional gose. The official release was scheduled for its six-year anniversary party March 26 at the brewery's Arnaudville home.

  Great Raft Brewing released Oceans Between Us, the first in a series of beers brewed with 100 percent Brettanomyces and dry-hopped with different types of hops. The initial batch showcases the citrus and tropical notes of Citra hops.

  Oceans Between Us also is Great Raft's first release in its new Belgian-style beer program, which focuses on mixed fermentation, experimentation with wild yeasts such as Brettanomyces and Lactobacillus, and using barrels, stainless steel tanks and a 30-barrel oak foeder — a large wooden fermentation vessel.

  In early April, the brewery will release Come What Mayhaw, the second beer in the Belgian program. Come What Mayhaw is a collaboration with Indiana's Upland Brewing Company and is a sour beer made with mayhaw fruit, fermented in Louisiana's first foeder.

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