Whether you live in Alabama or you’re just visiting, checking out the local breweries always makes for a fun excursion. Here’s our top 4 picks for Alabama’s best breweries, and don’t forget to bring along a designated driver!
Folklore Brewing has a convenient location in Dothan, Alabama. As a brewery and meadery, they have been in business since 2013. Some of their top brews include a Shadowcaster Porter, a Grateful Red, a Wiregrass Wheat, and a Snipe Hunt IPA. The location is open Monday through Saturday with a kitchen that serves lunch and dinner, depending on the day. Samplers and pints are available, and you can buy 12-ounce cans to take home. Pets are welcome as well, as long as they are on a leash.
Depending on when you go, you might want to check out some of the local festivals, including the National Peanut Festival.
Big Beach Brewing is in Gulf Shores, offering plenty of nearby beaches to enjoy. The taproom allows you to sample the beers as well as fill up growlers to take home with you. They’re open seven days a week and have 12 taps at Big Beach. You can look forward to such beers as Mango Shark, Evacuation Plan American Blonde Ale, Satsumo Belgian White, Warhead Boogie Boysenberry Berliner Weisse, and more.
Emerald Coast by Owner lists other attractions at Orange Beach, such as the Alabama Gulf Coast Zoo, Waterville-water park, The Wharf, and Adventure Island. It ensures that a trip to the brewery can end up being fun for the whole family. You might catch a local beer festival as well, many of which happen through the summer and fall months.
Fairhope Brewing Company is lower Alabama’s craft brewery. They have a rustic taproom with 15 beers on tap. You can visit six days a week and have food ordered in while you drink the various beers. Some of the top beers to look forward to include the Causeway IPA, Bubble Likes Moonpie Stout, Cinco Uno, Cheap Sunglasses Kolsch, and I Drink Therefore I Amber. It’s not uncommon to find food trucks parked there on a Friday afternoon or live music happening over the weekend.
When you’re not drinking beer, you can enjoy all that there is to do along the shoreline of Mobile Bay. Check out this list of things to do from The Crazy Tourist.
The Good People Brewing Company is conveniently located in the heart of Birmingham with a taproom that is open seven days a week. The mainstays on tap include the Pale Ale, Brown Ale, Urban Farmer, Snake Handler IPA, and The Bearded Lady American Wheat Ale. They’re always brewing seasonal beers, too. Tours are available, providing you with a pint and a collectible glass at the end.
There are plenty of things to do throughout the city, too. You may want to visit the Birmingham Zoo, the McWane Science Center, and more. A list of free activities you can do is available at The Style Blueprint.
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