As I have delved deeper and deeper into the world of homebrew, I begun to find many breweries that I would like to visit. I’ve had other ideas about other brewing related ventures, but that’s for another time. This post is mainly so that I can have a list of the places I want to visit. Before I get to the list though, I want to say a little something.
I watched a video earlier today on Monday Night Brewing’s website after hearing about the brewery from a friend. The video is basically the story of how Monday Night Brewring began and what they believed in, and one line stood out to me.
What we want to do is not just invite people into a beer experience, but into a community.
This struck a chord with me because community is something I believe we all desperately need and seek. We all seek it in different places, but we don’t always find the type of community that we crave. We look for people with the same interests as us, and if we don’t find those people, it can make us feel lonely or even lost. That’s what I like about these guys. They don’t see beer as just a drink or a way to make money, but they see it as a way to bring people together. I like that.
Ok, now on to the list. I’m going to start with the breweries closest to me, and some may be future breweries, but I will note that. Also, these are primarily breweries in Alabama, with possibly one or two in other states that aren’t too far away. Ok, here we go!
- Red Clay Brewing (Opelika, AL) – Not yet open, but I am very much looking forward to the day when they are!
- Chattahoochee Brewing Company (Phenix City, AL) – One of the closest to me, so it will possibly be one of the first that I visit.
- Railyard Brewing Company (Montgomery, AL) – This one is also pretty close, so hopefully I’ll get a chance to visit it soon.
- Avondale Brewing Company (Birmingham, AL)
- Beer Engineers (Birmingham, AL)
- Cahaba Brewing Company (Birmingham, AL)
- Good People Brewing Company (Birmingham, AL) – No real reason, but this is one of the tops on my list.
- Trim Tab Brewing Company (Birmingham, AL)
- Monday Night Brewing (Atlanta, GA) – Definitely one I want to visit just because of how they came about. If you didn’t click above and check out their story, you should do that now.
- Blue Moose Cafe & Brewpub (Cullman, AL)
- Cheaha Brewing Company (Anniston, AL) – We actually take a trip up this way a few times a year, so there may be a chance for me to stop by this place sooner than later.
- Patriot Joe’s Ale (Anniston, AL) – Same as the last one…
- Back Forty Beer Company (Gadsden, AL) – This is another one I really would like to visit.
- Black Warrior Brewing Company (Tuscaloosa, AL)
- Druid City Brewing Company (Tuscaloosa, AL) – Looks like this is another that’s not quite open yet.
- Folklore Brewing and Meadery (Dothan, AL)
- Below the Radar Brewhouse (Huntsville, AL)
- Old Black Bear Brewing Company (Huntsville, AL)
- Salty Nut Brewery (Huntsville, AL)
- Straight to Ale Brewing (Huntsville, AL)
- The Brew Stooges (Huntsville, AL)
- The Huntsville Brewery (Huntsville, AL)
- Yellowhammer Brewing (Huntsville, AL)
- Blue Pants Brewery (Madison, AL)
- Rocket Republic Brewing Company (Madison, AL)
- Fairhope Brewing Company (Fairhope, AL)
- Abita Brewing Company (Covington, LA) – We pass by here when we go to visit my wife’s sister, so I may as well stop one day 😉
Ok, I think that’s enough for now, but if anyone has any other suggestions of must visit breweries, or knows of any others in Alabama that I may have missed, please let me know!