New Orleans-Based Urban South Brewery Calls it Quits on Houston Taproom

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Urban South Brewery, which started in New Orleans, announced today on social media that it is shuttering its Houston taproom. It opened on May 2019 in Sawyer Yards at 1200 Oliver. 

Urban South, known for year-round beer offerings such as Lime Cucumber Goze, Holy Roller Grapefruit IPA, Who Dat Golden Ale, as well as Paradise Park hard seltzers and whimsical seasonal selections like Rocket Pop, a fruited sour gose, posted the following goodbye for its fans: 

“Sad News, Houston!

It is with a bittersweet feeling that we announce the closing of our beloved Houston taproom starting today. While we bid farewell to our cozy space, rest assured that Urban South beers will continue to be brewed out of the original New Orleans location and still be readily available across Houston through distribution channels.

To our incredible patrons: thank you for your unwavering support and for making our taproom a home away from home. Your enthusiasm has been the heart and soul of our journey, and we’re excited to continue sharing our brews with you in new and exciting ways.

Join us in raising a glass to the memories made, the friendships formed, and the exciting adventures yet to come.”

So, unfortunately, Urban South Brewery fans who want to relax with beers fresh from the taps will have to visit New Orleans for that experience. (That said, an excuse to visit New Orleans isn’t a bad thing.) 

This closing is the latest in what seems to be a clear contraction in the craft beer market. Other craft breweries that have shuttered recently in the Greater Houston area include Ingenious Brewing, Bakfish Brewery in Pearland and Buffalo Bayou Brewing Company, just to name a few. 

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Urban South Brewery in New Orleans. Photo by Jamie Alvear

On the other hand, Saint Arnold Brewing Company is about to celebrate its 30th anniversary, so perhaps the takeaway is that sizable craft breweries with solid distribution channels are going to be fine. Those that do not already have these factors in place probably don’t have a great chance. It definitely seems to be a survival-of-the-fittest moment for Houston’s craft beer industry. 

If you love your small, local brewery, now is a good time to visit. 

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