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Two openings this week: Urban South Brewery and 504 Craft Beer Reserve.

  Urban South Brewery (1645 Tchoupitoulas St.; installed all its brewing equipment and plans to release beer by the end of this week. It will pour beer at the International Beer Festival in Champions Square on March 19. Initially, beer will be available on draft, but cans of Charming Wit and Holy Roller will follow soon.

  504 Craft Beer Reserve (3939 Tulane Ave.; has attained its state license and is stocking up on bottled and canned beer as well as draft for growlers. It also will offer beer and brewing swag including T-shirts, books and glassware. Co-owner Patrick Brown says the opening celebration will begin Friday, March 18 and continue through the weekend.

  Wayward Owl Brewing Company (3940 Thalia St., is restoring the Gem Theater on Thalia and S. Broad streets in Central City. Wayward Owl acquired its federal license, and owner Justin Boswell plans to hire an assistant brewer and other staff.

  Second Line Brewing's (433 N. Bernadotte St., 504-248-8979; beer garden has added Thursday evening hours. It is open from 4 p.m.-10 p.m. Thursday and Friday, noon to 10 p.m. Saturday, and noon to 7 p.m. Sunday. Owners Mark and Karen Logan are tweaking their recipes with new head brewer Gar Hatcher, formerly of Bayou Teche Brewing.

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