Over the past few years craft breweries have planted their stake on Alabama. This summer we will be hopping around the state sharing our favorite breweries with you. First up: Beermingham (aka Birmingham!).
You’ll know them by: Their Ode to Birmingham’s Cahaba River
A perfect spot for: Getting competitive with friends for their Trivia Tuesdays.
Bring your: A-game. This brewery is known for their multiple Skee Ball machines, as well as giant Jenga and multiple classic arcade games.
Try: OKA UBA IPA, an IPA named after the Cahaba River loaded with Columbus hops
You’ll know them by: A yellow truck and the disclaimer “legally brewed since 2008:” Good People was one of Alabama’s brewing pioneers.
A perfect spot for: A mini-lesson in craft brews from the knowledgeable bartenders.
Bring your: Baseball glove. Regions Field, an award-winning ballpark and home of the Birmingham Barons, is right across the street.
Try: The Snake Handler, a double IPA with notes of pine, citrus, flowers, spice, pineapple and caramel.
You’ll know them by: Being the first brewery over the mountain.
A perfect spot for: Relaxing after a nice dinner + dessert combo from neighbors, Little Donkey and Steel City Pops.
Bring your: Appetite. Red Hills sits adjacent to two Birmingham originals, Little Donkey and Steel City Pops. So grabs your snacks to enjoy them while sipping on a cold brew. Kids welcome! While you’re sipping, they can enjoy the kids play area.
Try: Homewood Hefeweizen, a classic German Breakfast Ale that balances a cloudy but light feel with a low-hop.
You’ll know them by: Their new-kid-on-the-block buzz.
A perfect spot for: An ice-cold pint after perusing nearby Pepper Place Saturday Market.
Bring your: Friends. This brewery stocks plenty of games, from Jenga to checkers, for groups of two to 12.
Try: Cucumber Saison, a light and refreshing warm-weather brew.
You’ll know them by: Miss Fancy the elephant, named after a real pachyderm from the early 1900s that lived at the Avondale Zoo after being won from the circus in a poker game.
A perfect spot for: Catching live music outdoors or chowing down on local flavor. Saw’s Soul Kitchen and Post Office Pies are nearby, and takeout is allowed in the brewery.
Bring your: Dog. Plenty of outside space and an outdoor bar make this an ideal spot for man and man’s best friend.
Try: Miss Fancy’s Tripel, a smooth, golden Belgian ale “brewed for humans but strong enough for elephants.”
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