Alabama’s rich and deep history compels locals and visitors alike to explore its cultural heritage and to seek out its undeniably delicious southern cuisine. The Heart of Dixie also has a burgeoning craft brewery scene with 26 active breweries and at least 13 more on the way, due in part to friendlier alcohol laws. America’s Best Beer recently honored the three best breweries in Alabama, all of which represent the state’s up and coming status in the world of American craft beer.
The friendly community of Gadsden lies along the Coosa river and is home to Back Forty Beer Company. The award winning brewery was named after the historical agricultural term for the portion of a farm located furthest away from the barn, consequently the back forty acres were sometimes overlooked. Their flagship Truck Stop Honey is an English Brown Ale brewed with Alabama Wildflower Honey and is rumoured to keep the good times rolling. For a bit more of a punch, the amply hopped Freckle Belly IPA should definitely not be overlooked..
In the Magic City of Birmingham, the Good People Brewing Company churns outs a variety of highly acclaimed beers from their popular Snake Handler IPA to their full bodied and muscular El Gordo Imperial Stout, part of their rare Bearded Reserve series. Since their first beer sale in 2008, the good people at Good People have been brewing some of Alabama’s most critically acclaimed brews.
And coming out of the north in the Rocket City of Huntsville, community driven Straight to Ale is comfortably enjoying its new and expanded brewpub and brewery at Campus No. 805. From their hoppy yet extremely drinkable Monkeynaught IPA to the highly decorated Unobtanium, a Barrel-Aged Old Ale which comes in at 11.5%, their selection covers a wide range of flavors and styles. They offer tours on Saturdays at 2pm..
Keep an eye on Alabama’s craft beer scene as new and interesting breweries continue to emerge. The Alabama Craft Beer Festival held August 12-14, 2016 in Florence provides a wonderful opportunity to taste a variety of the best Alabama brews.
Vote for the best brewery in Alabama at America’s Best Beer. Current contenders include the breweries above and Avondale Brewing Co., Cahaba Brewing Co., Fairhope Brewing Company, Rocket Republic Brewing Company, Trim Tab Brewing Co. and Yellowhammer Brewing. Voting is open through November 11, 2016.