For those who are not familiar with the term, a microbrewery is a brewery that produces a small amount of beer each year for local consumers. They are often applauded for their quality which is often lost when breweries begin making their product in large amounts. A micropub is a microbrewery attached to a pub that serves their beer. Buying a locally produced beer is not only great as far as flavor, but you’re also supporting the local economy. Let’s see what microbreweries can be found in Alabama.
Olde Auburn Ale House – Auburn
This brewpub located at 124 Tichenor Ave. is right off of campus for Auburn University students to enjoy. They had difficulty starting the brewpub because of Alabama ABC law which required a new brewpub to be started only in a county that had already had a brewery prior to prohibition. They managed to fulfill the requirements and opened in 2000. There are 8 house beers: Oktoberfest, hefe, kolsch, 2 IPAs, rye, raspberry, and an Irish stout. Each of these are full bodied beers that will satisfy. Some have said that the beer is served too cold. Besides their microbrewed beers, they also offer excellent popular beers on tap as well as some great food. Their website is: oldeauburnalehouse.com .
Olde Towne Brewing – Huntsville
At 3200 Leeman Ferry Road, this establishment was opening not too long ago and offers a variety of fine local brews. Unlike the Auburn Ale House, this is an actual brewery, not a micropub. Their style is to capture the beer flavors of England and Europe. They offer Olde Towne Amber Ale, Pale Ale, Hefeweizen, Pilsner, and seasonal beers like October Pumpkin Ale. These beers are professionally bottled and sold at local stores. Their professional looking website helps you to find where their beer is sold: http://www.oldetownebeer.com/ . This beer is tasty and refreshing and uses, as they say on their website, the freshest ingredients around.
Montgomery Brewing – Montgomery
Established in 1995, and winner of the silver medal in English-style summer ales from the 2008 Great American Beer Festival, Montgomery Brewing is a place to take a closer look at. This micropub is located at 12 West Jefferson Street and offers a variety of beer styles. First of all, their Montgomery Blonde is a very light ale that they market as thirst quenching and smooth. They also sell Riverboat Red, Goat Hill Pale Ale, and Wipe Out Stout, all ales varying in darkness made with caramel malts and English hops. This micropub takes a decisively American perspective on most of their beers, however. After all, with names like Riverboat Red and the claim that “Mark Twain would be proud,” what else could it be described as? Their website is http://www.montgomerybrewpub.com/ .
Source: http://www.montgomerybrewpub.com/ ; http://www.oldetownebeer.com/ ; oldeauburnalehouse.com