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Beer Buzz: Urban South Brewery’s Summerfest and more beer news

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Urban South Brewery kicks off its Summerfest celebration at 11 a.m. Saturday, May 28. The event features live music from noon to 7 p.m. with performers including The Pine Leaf Boys, Andrew Duhon, Shotgun Double and singer -songwriter Kristin Myers.

  "We've been wanting to have a music festival since we opened, and we figured Memorial Day weekend was the perfect time to do it," says Urban South Vice President Kyle Huling.

  Fat Harry's pop-up will serve barbecue and Evan Troxell will serve boiled crawfish. Huling says another food truck may be added to the lineup.

  Urban South started serving experimental batches of beer in its tasting room, including the coffee porter currently on tap and a double IPA. During Summerfest, the brewery will serve the first test batch of Coop'd Up farmhouse saison on tap as well as other new beers, Huling says.

• The Abita Brewing Company-sponsored New Orleans International Beer Fest, which was postponed due to poor weather in March, is rescheduled for 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, June 4 in Champions Square. Tickets from the original date will be honored.

  Will Vance and the Kinfolk perform at the event, and the festival also features Samuel Adams Brew University sessions, a karaoke lounge, a photo booth and a "Chapel o' Love" where attendees can get "married."

• The Avenue Pub will close from May 26 through June 8 while its staff travels to Belgium. When it reopens at 7 p.m. June 8, a celebration will feature special kegs of stout from Bell's Brewing in Michigan, including Traverse City whiskey barrel-aged Expedition Stout, Java Stout, Cherry Stout, Expedition Stout and Kalamazoo Stout.

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