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Beer buzz: Urban South Brewery debuts Quatrefoil sour IPA 

The brewery also announces new dark beers

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Though it only just celebrated its second year in existence, Urban South Brewery (1645 Tchoupitoulas St., 504-267-4852; www.urbansouthbrewery.com) is making waves in the local craft beer scene.

  Louisiana native Jacob Landry founded the brewery, which opened in March 2016 in a large warehouse at the corner of Tchoupitoulas and Market streets in the Lower Garden District. Its flagship beers include Holy Roller IPA and Coop'd Up, a tart farmhouse ale. One of its year-round offerings, 2nd Set Pilsner, a Bohemian-style lager brewed with German malts and hops, recently won a gold medal in the Bohemian Pilsener category at the U.S. Open Beer Championship.

  Urban South debuted the latest limited release in its Architecture Series, Quatrefoil, on July 15. This sour IPA made with hibiscus is a rose-hued, lightly tart and mildly hopped beer with a lingering floral finish.

  "I think it's a good change of pace from all the hop bombs that we've been doing — and everybody else has been doing — but it still has a little hop characteristic," says Urban South Vice President Kyle Huling.

  The brewers currently are working on new dark beers. A full-bodied brown ale with cacao and toasted coconut is in the tanks for an upcoming taproom release, and a stout is in the works as well. Also, Crosstown Traffic Brett IPA, made in collaboration with Parleaux Beer Lab (634 Lesseps St., 504-702-8433; www.parleauxbeerlab.com), was released on tap at the Bywater brewery July 20.

  Urban South has been working with local restaurants on beer-pairing dinners and other culinary events. It presented its beer at a multi-course "Fish Fry" dinner at Press Street Station on July 15 and at a barbecue and beer dinner at Martin Wine Cellar July 21.

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