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A Word From The Founder

Why We Started Urban South Brewery

The seed for Urban South was planted during a year I spent in Europe.

Tasting Belgian and English ales and German lagers right from the source, I understood for the first time how big the chasm was between the beer my ancestors drank and the mass-market stuff I grew up with at home in South Louisiana. Naturally, as a good Cajun and Southerner, I knew I had to share the gospel of good beer.

With Urban South Brewery, we’re combining the heritage of European beer making with the brashness of new American styles. That mixture of cultural legacy and bold innovation is why New Orleans is the perfect place to launch our brewery.

While local breweries have been missing from the landscape for far too long, we’re excited to join with other local brewing pioneers to re-establish New Orleans as the beer capital of the South. The future is bright for local beer lovers!

Urban South Brewery
Jacob Landry

Jacob Landry

Founder & President

Jacob is a Cajun from Southwest Louisiana who developed a passion for craft beer while living in Europe during college. He has worked in education management for the past seven years and oversaw strategy for Louisiana’s largest school district. Jacob holds undergraduate degrees from Louisiana State University and an MBA from Tulane University.

Kyle Huling

Kyle Huling

Co-Founder & Vice President

Kyle brings 10 years of experience in beer distribution, most recently as the founder of the Louisiana Craft Beer team at Southern Eagle – a unit focused on building the craft beer portfolio for the distributor. Huling is a lifelong New Orleanian with a degree from Louisiana State University and an MBA from Loyola University.

Wes Osier

Wes Osier

Brewmaster

Wes began his brewing career at Abita Brewing Company after a six-year stint as a Captain in the U.S. Air Force. Osier then spent ten years brewing for Coors Brewing Company, Terrapin Beer Company and Sweetwater Brewing Company in Atlanta. Osier recently completed the Siebel Institute’s Master Brewer Program, a prestigious 20-week course held in Chicago and Munich, Germany. Osier is a Mississippi native and University of Mississippi graduate.

Oliver Phillis

Oliver Phillis

Packaging Manager & Brewer

A native of southern England, Oliver’s first brewing experience came in the New Orleanian kitchen of a friend. He spent a number of years working at local homebrew shop Brewstock, and fermenting kombucha at Big Easy Bucha. Oliver holds a degree in computer science and is an accomplished paraglider pilot, with only one injurious crash in his logbook.

Alex Flores

Alex Flores

R&D Brewer

Alex is a New Orleans native, after attending LSU he moved to San Diego, CA to pursue a career in craft beer. He brewed at Manzanita Brewing and Mission Brewery before moving back to New Orleans in 2014. He was the Director of Funk at NOLA Brewing and earned a silver medal in the Brett beer category at the World Beer Cup in 2016. He completed the SDSU Professional Certificate in the Business of Craft Beer and the Siebel Institute Concise Course in Brewing Technology. Alex enjoys running and has a love hate relationship with the Saints!

Hector Meier

Hector Meier

Assistant Packaging Manager and Cellarman

Hector, a native Texan, moved to Lafayette, Louisiana, to work in the oilfield after graduating from Texas A&M University with a Master’s degree in petroleum engineering. Ten years later, after traveling the world as an engineer and perfecting his homebrewing techniques, he moved to New Orleans to take his brewing passion to a professional level. In his free time Hector enjoys his other passion of cave and wreck diving.

Abby Perkins

Abby Perkins

Sales and Marketing Rep

Massachusetts born, and Nola made, Abby Perkins serves as the Sales and Marketing Representative at Urban South.  Upon graduating Loyola she decided to make New Orleans her home putting her public relations degree to use in the emerging craft beer scene.  When she’s not at a beer dinner or promo event, Abby practices the penny whistle and aims to perfect her Cher impression.

Courtney Landry

Courtney Landry

HR Manager

Courtney is from South Carolina and graduated with a Political Science degree from Furman University and a Masters in Teaching from the University of Hawaii. She worked with Teach For America for five years, as a Hawaii Corps Member teaching elementary school and on the national recruitment and regional program teams.  She then spent seven years with the ReNEW Charter Schools network in New Orleans overseeing literacy programs and building six school libraries.  As mom to three New Orleans-born children, she’s an advocate for child friendly breweries!

Evan Troxell

Evan Troxell

Taproom Manager

Evan Troxell is a native of Florida’s Gulf Coast. He moved to New Orleans in January 2015 and began working for Sweetwater Brewing Company as a sales and marketing rep. Evan has worked his way up through the service industry ranks over the years.  He is an Alumni of The University of West Florida in Pensacola, Florida with a BA in Criminal Justice. When he’s not enjoying craft beer, Evan can be found surfing, riding dirt bikes and checking out all the music New Orleans has to offer!

Sonny Day

Sonny Day

Assistant Brewer

Sonny Day is Metairie born and bred. He has 28 years of home and professional brewing experience.  After time spent in real estate, Sonny has worked at Dixie Brewing Company, Abita Brewing Company, Gordon Biersch, and owned his own brewing company on the Westbank. His hobbies include beer, cars, and boats.

Murphy Fleenor

Murphy Fleenor

Packaging Team

Murphy was born in Loranger, LA and grew up there on a 20-acre blueberry farm.  After studying communications at Loyola, he worked first at his family-owned Berry Hill Farm before joining the Urban South team in early 2017.  His passions include farming, porch sitting, and Catan playing.