With the help of Free the Hops, local breweries have opened their doors all across Alabama over the past few years. These beer-makers have recruited strong followings in their respective cities, but they are also on their way to making Alabama a destination for other beer enthusiasts. If you’re looking for a fun way to spend a summer day, check out these breweries and all they have to offer.
Avondale Brewing Co., Birmingham
Opened in November 2011, Avondale Brewing Co. has seen tremendous growth over the past couple of years. Located in a unique, historic building, the brewery now has an outdoor area with plenty of room for the Red Mountain Crawfish truck, concerts, corn hole and more. Go behind the scenes with a brewery tour and hear the stories behind each beer’s name.
Blue Pants Brewery, Madison
This craft brewery is constantly rotating taps to experiment with new brews and give guests drink diversity. Musicians perform in the taproom or on the patio on a weekly basis. Want to learn more about how Blue Pants creates their brews? Ask for a tour and get the story.
Cahaba Brewing Company, Birmingham
Cahaba Brewing Company was founded in the summer of 2011 by a group of friends looking to share their love of craft beer and home-brewing. A range of beers, including seasonal offerings, rotates on tap in the brewery’s downtown Birmingham location.
Yellowhammer Brewing, Huntsville
Located in a remodeled industrial building in downtown Huntsville, this brewery has seen much growth since opening in 2010. Experience Yellowhammer’s 18 varieties of beer that rotate throughout the year, or try one of its four signature brews: Yellowhammer White, Yellowhammer IPA, Rebellion red ale and Lost Highway.
Straight to Ale, Huntsville
Straight to Ale’s taproom offers tastings of 10 different beers that all have unique flavors. Learn more about the brewery’s history and offerings during their free Saturday tours.
Good People, Birmingham
The founders of Good People have made quite a name for their microbrewery since selling their first keg in 2008. See firsthand how their beers are crafted on a brewery tour or by visiting the company’s taproom next to Birmingham’s beautiful Railroad Park.
Railyard Brewing Co., Montgomery
Get your fill of craft beer and good food at Railyard Brewing Co. across from Riverwalk Stadium, home of the Montgomery Biscuits. The brewery serves lunch specials and hosts live music on Fridays.
Fairhope Brewing Company, Fairhope
This brewery is South Alabama’s taproom. The founders and employees love telling their story and talking about good beer, so stop in for a visit to really get a taste of Fairhope Brewing.
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