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. 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. 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.”
5. Cross-Eyed Owl Brewing Co.
New brewery opening in Decatur, AL in February, 2018!
6. Bowler Hat Brewing Company
A new neighborhood micro-brewery with an old fashioned spirit. Enjoy a craft beer in our post-prohibition era operating brew house 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.
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. 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.
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.