Urban South Brewery (1645 Tchoupitoulas St.) is in the construction stage, but its three staff members are preparing to open in 2016. Electrical wiring has been installed, drainage has been dug, the brewery's concrete slab has been poured and it's starting to look more and more like a real brewery.

Brewmaster Wes Osier is experimenting with recipes for beers including a Belgian-style wheat beer, Charming Wit, made with French farmhouse yeast which makes a cleaner beer than Belgian ale yeast.

[jump] Charming Wit is one of three flagships that Urban South will release on draft and in cans in early 2016. Brewery President Jacob Landry says it makes sense to start canning immediately since package sales make up a larger portion than draft available in bars and restaurants. Urban South has a distribution deal with LA Craft, a division of Southern Eagle Sales and Service.

Osier has worked at larger breweries such as Abita, Coors, Terrapin, and SweetWater. Before coming to work at Urban South, he certified as a brewmaster by completing the Siebel Institute’s Master Brewer Program, for which he trained in Munich in order to satisfy Germany’s strict guidelines for the title of brewmaster.

Urban South will initially distribute Charming Wit and Holy Roller IPA, followed by the “urban farmhouse” ale, Coop’d Up. The can designs are below.

Vice President of Sales and Marketing Kyle Huling says their Newlands 30-barrel brewing system has been constructed and shipped from British Columbia and is expected to arrive in December. Three 60-barrel fermentation tanks and one 30-barrel tank will arrive this week.

Urban South received its federal license from the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau in early December.