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Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Brewsday Tuesday: Urban South Brewery is growing

Posted By on Tue, Jul 18, 2017 at 10:28 AM

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Brewing destinations are popping up along the Mississippi River. NOLA Brewing Company has been joined by newcomers including Port Orleans Brewing Company in Uptown and Parleaux Bear Lab in Bywater. One of the larger operations on that stretch is making waves and only just celebrated its second year in existence: Urban South Brewery (1645 Tchoupitoulas St., 504-267-4852).

Louisiana native Jacob Landry founded the brewery 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 brews, 2nd Set Pilsner, a Bohemian-style lager brewed with German malts and hops, recently won a gold medal at the U.S. Open Beer Championship in the Bohemian Pilsener category.

Urban South debuted its 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 are currently 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 (634 Lesseps St., 504-702-8433), will be available on tap at the Bywater brewery July 20.

Urban South is working with local restaurants on beer-pairing dinners and other culinary events around town. It presented an array of beers at a multi-court "Fish Fry" dinner at Press Street Station on July 15. It participates in a barbecue and beer dinner at Martin Wine Cellar's Uptown location (3827 Baronne St.) on July 21.

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