Any of you who know me know I love beer—probably a bit too much. For me, there is just no better way to enjoy a hot summer evening or an Alabama football game on a fall afternoon than with a cold brew, preferably a local one. And in Alabama that’s pretty easy because this state has some fabulous local beer. So I’m rounding up my favorites right now. Some of these are seasonal and a lot of these are brown ales, for which I apologize in advance, but hey—I’m just being honest here!
So without further ado, here’s my top five favorite Alabama-brewed beers.
1. Good People Brown Ale | Good People Brewing Co., Birmingham
I absolutely love a good brown ale, and this is crisp and full-bodied with a subtle sweetness.
2. Truck Stop Honey Brown | Back Forty Beer Co., Gadsden
Did I mention I love a good brown ale? Back Forty’s is truly phenomenal. It’s that honey flavor that sets it apart, making it delicious, sweet and refreshing. It’s sort of a rarity to see it a grocery store because it usually flies off the shelf. We often have to run over to our specialty beer shop to get it, which James often does just for me. :D
3. Seasonal Peach Wheat | Back Forty Brewing Co., Gadsden
My gosh this beer is good. It’s like drinking peach cobbler. Well, it’s not that sweet, but the fresh peach flavor is bright and on point. It’s seasonal and only sold in bombers. I suggest you grab it if you see it, though the season is probably over now.
4. Long Branch Scottish Ale | Avondale Brewing Co., Birmingham
This beauty is one of Avondale’s flagship brews. It’s dark in color, rich in flavor with caramel undertones and a buttery aftertaste. Yes, it is as amazing as it sounds.
5. Leadbelly Peanut Butter Porter | Beer Engineers, Birmingham
Beware: This is a heavy beer! It’s 13 percent ABV (jeez!) so it’s probably best to split this one with someone like, say, your husband. But it’s very interesting. This one is up on my top right now because of how unique it is. It smells like a jar of peanut butter, though the flavor isn’t as prominent as the aroma. This is completely decadent and divine—a perfect dessert!