If you take a notion to try some local brews, this trail’s for you. Travel along with your imaginary host, Jammin’ Jim, to some of his favorite taprooms and watering holes. Jim loves nothing more than a cold snort of craft beer. Come follow his trail. And remember to Uber when you drink. It’s the smart and safe thing to do.
Good People Brewing Company
114 14th Street South 35233
Located in Birmingham’s burgeoning Parkside District, Good People has some of the highest rated beers in the Southeast. And with interesting names. Jim advises trying Snake Handler or The Muchacho. Named Best Craft Brewery in Alabama by Eat This, Not That!
Avondale Brewing Company
201 41st Street South 35222
Avondale Brewing is housed in an historic building in the heart of the Avondale entertainment district. Stop by for beers in the taproom and watch them craft delicious brews. Try samples of the latest and greatest. Here, you can learn the story of the famous beer-swilling elephant, Miss Fancy.
Trim Tab Brewing Company
2721 5th Avenue South 35233
Voted among the country’s best breweries by Thrillist and Forbes, this small craft operation serves up big taste. Their Tasting Gallery also serves as a music venue and an art gallery for local artists. Jim’s tab here is seldom trim.
Cahaba Brewing Company
4500 5th Avenue South 35222
Jump into this spacious taproom named for the Cahaba River that flows nearby. The brewery is open seven days a week for your thirst-quenching pleasure. With more than 26 taps, this is one of Birmingham’s favorite gathering spots, serving up staples like Blonde, Oka Uba, Pale Ale, and Lager.
Ghost Train Brewing Company
2616 3rd Avenue South 35233
Jim says there’s no need to fear. Blondes, ciders, hoppy, darks and more are on the menu at Ghost Train. For those looking for something other than beer, the brewery also serves margaritas and other cocktails to tempt taste buds.
Birmingham District Brewing Company
2201 2nd Avenue South 35233
With more than 20 years of brewing expertise, the brewers here are dedicated to creating better and bolder beer. While keeping up with beer trends, they also strive to produce unusual brews that keep Jim and other patrons returning time and again.
Back Forty Beer Company
3201 1st Avenue North 35222
This innovative brew team offers a variety of American and European craft beer styles, all brewed on-site and served fresh. With as many as 25 different options on tap, the brewery also serves a creative menu of gourmet pub foods.
True Story Brewing Company
5510 Crestwood Blvd. 35212
Live music accompanies the pleasures of beer on draft at this friendly neighborhood brewery. Interesting beers are brewed in-house with additional rotating guest taps. They also have a good menu of pub foods. What Jim likes is their beer served up alongside pinball, billiards, foosball, and board games.
Slag Heap Brewing Company
227 Main Street, Trussville 35173
Jim loves the beer descriptions here—especially the Left on 11 Double IPA, said to calm your road rage. He also recommends the Q’s Moneypenny, an English style pub ale, low hop bitterness, low ABV, very malt forward.
Ferus Artisan Ales
101 Beech St., Trussville 35173
It’s well worth it to venture out from the city to the community of Trussville to explore this brewpub and restaurant. As their name suggests, they take pride in their wild and unusual sour beers, along with crisp pilsners, flavored stouts, and barrel aged beers. Jim likes to hop forward with their IPAs. There’s also a great adjoining area to catch some free live concerts and movies on the big screen while you sip.
The Grocery Brewpub
2823 Central Avenue, Homewood 35209
Good food and great brews are the attraction at this brewpub in the Birmingham suburb of Homewood. Taco Tuesdays pack the house, and a beautiful lineup of drafts on tap are enjoyed along with frequent live music.
Monday Night Brewing
14 12th Street South 35233
Monday Night Social Club serves more than 25 brews on tap, including house-made beers, small batch IPAs, barrel-aged and sour beers, and guest taps from other local breweries. Had your fill of beer? They also have a full bar with wine and cocktails. Jim goes there for the Fast & Furious references.
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