Raymond and Mandy Pumilia, the founders of Royal Brewery New Orleans
(7366 Townsend Place, 504-723-4151) in New Orleans East, will begin brewing as soon as they receive permits. Their 30-barrel brewhouse is installed and they await final approval from the city fire marshal and Louisiana Office of Alcohol and Tobacco Control.
Head brewer Michael Ogden, who has been a friend of the Pumilias for 25 years, has brewed beer at Covington Brewhouse and Abita Brewing Company and returned to New Orleans from Austin, Texas to work at Royal Brewery.
Raymond is working on recipes for Ogden to brew once they’re legally allowed to do so, Mandy says. The brewery has been participating in the Louisiana Brewers Guild under its newly instituted membership category, “brewery in status.”
Raymond has used his connections from work in the film industry to obtain taproom bar equipment from the set of The Astronaut Wives Club
, and he got the nascent brand in the background of an episode of NCIS: New Orleans,
Second Line Brewing.
In other brewing news, Urban South Brewing
(1645 Tchoupitoulas St., 504-267-4852) celebrates its first anniversary at 11 a.m. Saturday, March 18. The brewery recently doubled the number of draft lines in its taproom to 16. The anniversary will feature taproom-only special beers, and there will be limited edition canned offerings such as four-packs of taproom favorite Grapefruit Holy Roller IPA and a double IPA called Finial, the second in the brewery’s new Architecture series.
The anniversary party also will have boiled crawfish, food trucks, live music and a bounce house for kids.
According to Urban South Vice President Kyle Huling, the brewery has produced more than 3,000 barrels of beer in its first year, a record for first year Louisiana breweries. All of the beer was sold in the New Orleans area.