North Alabama Craft Beer Trail
That famous trail in the Appalachians can take months to trek. For some, years. Lucky for you, Alabama has its own mountain trail you can knock out in a weekend.
Several micro-breweries snug in the foothills of the Appalachians from Florence to Gadsden offer dozens of beers unique to North Alabama. Get a stamp on each one for a free gift from us.
1. Back Forty Beer
Inspired by an old agricultural term referring to the 40 acres of land farthest from the barn, the name of Back Forty Beer Company is a bit of a contradiction. They source their ingredients close to home for beers like the Truck Stop Honey Brown and Freckle Belly India Pale. Get a taste as you tour the microbrewery or take a seat in the taproom, both located in downtown Gadsden.
2. Main Channel Brewery
The Jit, short for Jitney Jr., was once a sleepy little convenience store on Hwy. 431 in Guntersville, Alabama. Now the Jit is home to Main Channel, Marshall County’s first brewery. It’s a family affair out there as Brett Smith runs the brewery with brother Clay and wife Sarah.
3. Goat Island Brewing
Founders Mike Mullaney and Gery Teichmiller met during the 2012 Cullman Oktoberfest. The legend-we-just-made-up has it their eyes locked as they accidentally clinked steins in a fateful cheers, binding them as business partners from that day forward. Embracing their destiny, they joined forces with John Dean and Brad Glenn to start Goat Island Brewing, the first brewery in Cullen since the 80s — that’s the umm 1880s.
4. Bowler Hat Brewing Company
A new neighborhood micro-brewery with an old-fashioned spirit. Enjoy a craft beer in our post-prohibition-era operating brewhouse and cozy taproom environment. We invite you to travel back to a simpler time to connect with your friends, meet new people, celebrate accomplishments with low-level background music to facilitate conversations. “The Neon Lily” restaurant menu is full of savory dishes, offering unique ethnic meals that pair wonderfully with our craft beer. Liliya Taylor, from Kazakhstan, is an award-winning grand champion in several categories of Eurasian cuisine.
5. Yellowhammer Brewing
Opened in west Huntsville in 2010 by four guys who wanted to bring good, traditional beer to Alabama. Yellowhammer has grown rapidly in recent years and in 2015 we moved from a warehouse to a new facility at Campus 805. Our brewery has since doubled in size after the completion of a recent expansion which brought, not only more brewing space and production, but a Biergarten and Event Center as well as room for our new Distillery. We are still focused on, and dedicated to, creating premium ales and lagers, drawing on Belgian and German brewing traditions with a Southern interpretation.
6. Athens Alehouse & Cellar, LLC.
The Alehouse will offer on and off-premise craft beer and wine with charcuterie boards in downtown Athens. We will have a self-serve tap system with 6 rotating options on draft including wine. Sit and sip or take your favorites to go.
7. Huntsville Brews Cruise
Covered bridges are scattered all around North Alabama and remind us of the way things used to be.