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Beer buzz: Royal Brewery to open in New Orleans East

Plus: Urban South celebrates its first anniversary March 18



Raymond and Mandy Pumilia, founders of Royal Brewery New Orleans (7366 Townsend Place, 504-723-4151; in New Orleans East, say they will begin brewing as soon as they receive permits. Their 30-barrel brewhouse is installed, and they await final approval of the city fire marshal and Louisiana Office of Alcohol and Tobacco Control.

  Head brewer Michael Ogden 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 the brewery is 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 furnishings from the set of The Astronaut Wives Club, and he got the nascent brand in the background of an episode of NCIS: New Orleans, as did Second Line Brewing.

In other beer news, Urban South Brewery (1645 Tchoupitoulas St., 504-267-4852; celebrates its one year anniversary beginning at 11 a.m. Saturday, March 18. The brewery recently doubled the number of draft lines in its taproom to 16, and the anniversary will feature special beers only available in the taproom. There also 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.

  The brewery produced more than 3,000 barrels of beer its first year, a record for first-year Louisiana breweries, says Urban South Vice President Kyle Huling.

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