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.
Your Trusty Brew Guide
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 at each one for a free gift from us.
1. 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.
2. Cross-Eyed Owl Brewing Co.
New brewery opening in Decatur, AL in February, 2018!
3. Singin’ River Brewing
The list of songs inspired by the Tennessee River is about as long as the Tennessee River itself. As for the beers celebrating the river, Singin’ River Brewing has you covered. They’re striking the right chords with beers like Handy’s Gold and the Swamper. Don’t worry. They won’t ask you to sing unless you irresponsibly have too much to drink in which case, “Cue up that Adele, bartender.”
4. 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.
5. 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.
6. Mad Malts Brewing
Twelve taps, live music and comedy shows. Mad Malts Brewing in Huntsville has it all. What more could you want? Food? Oh, they bring in Doctor BBQ to provide the menu. As for those twelve taps, you’re looking at everything from porters to session to sours. There’s something for everyone to try. Even that one picky friend of yours.
7. Rocket Republic Brewing Co.
We are open seven days a week and offer 10K square feet of space with activities such as darts, ping pong, cornhole, pinball and more! Rocket Republic has over 20 taps and two nitro taps with a wide selection of beer and our own wines for non-beer drinkers.
8. Salty Nut Brewery
Take a seat next to the fire pit or the chiminea in the beer garden of Salty Nut Brewery. Their taproom in Huntsville is Southern through and through, recently renovated using recovered wood and tin from an old tobacco barn in Kentucky. As for the beer, well, take your pick from the Imperial Moustache Red, Dahkness South, Nom Nom Porter and more.
9. Straight to Ale
Picture this. You’re enjoying a Monkeynaut or a Brother Joseph’s (these are beers if you haven’t caught on yet) or one of 8 other drafts to choose from, and your stomach starts growling. Well, you just got here and you don’t want to leave your spot. Suddenly, the clouds part. The angels sing. Up pulls a taco truck [YES]. Then a BBQ truck [WHAT?]. Next, a truck serving cupcakes [OH MY]. Heaven? Close. You’re at Straight to Ale in Huntsville.
10. 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.
11. Blue Pants Brewery
The folks at Blue Pants Brewery don’t need their beers to fit in a category. Sure, they craft exemplary staples like their IPA and Amber Ale to name a few. But their sweet spot is letting their creativity fly with beers like the Chocolate Oatmeal Porter and Bourbon Wee Heavy. With a start as home brewers, they still play with ingredients to mix and match tastes they love. We can’t wait to see what they come up with next.