In honor of the Crimson Tide’s shutout over LSU in the NCAA Championship Game, I’m proud to present the next installment in our ongoing (but very sporadic) Alehead Nation series. So far we’ve given you the Alehead Map of America and Pennsylvania. Now here’s Alabama! This is a map showcasing all of the existing and upcoming breweries in the Yellowhammer State. There are currently 11 breweries operating or in the planning stages in Alabama. Not much relative to other states, but considering that there was only ONE operational brewery in the state just a few years ago, I’d say we’re making some serious progress.
There’s no geographic rhyme or reason to the placement of the breweries since the vast majority of them are either in Huntsville or Birmingham. I just tried to make it look pretty. The funky “border” lines between breweries are actual county borders, however. So that part is geographically accurate. The breweries included in the image are:
- —Cahaba Brewing Company: Birmingham-based. Fully licensed. Not operational yet.
- —Blue Pants Brewery: Huntsville-based. Operational.
- —Straight to Ale: Huntsville-based. Operational. Open taproom.
- —Back Forty Beer Company: Gadsden-based. Operational. Just won Silver at the GABF for their Truck Stop Honey Brown.
- —Avondale Brewing Company: Birmingham-based. Operational. Open taproom.
- —Below the Radar: Huntsville-based. Brewpub. Still in the licensing/renovation phase.
- —Salty Nut Brewery: Huntsville-based. Still in early phases. Just selected a location.
- —Good People Brewing Company: Birmingham-based. Operational. Open taproom. Largest brewery in Alabama at this time.
- —Chattahoochee Brewing Company: Phenix City-based. Brewpub. Still in licensing phase.
- —Perdido Farm Cider & Ale: Perdido-based. Operational as a vineyard and will be adding beer and cider to their repertoire.
- —Yellowhammer Brewing Company: Huntsville-based. Operational.
Thanks to Dan Roberts, Executive Director of the soon-to-be launched Alabama Brewers’ Guild, for sending me the details.