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BIRMINGHAM HAS A HISTORY OF local breweries spanning 200 years. First, there was the local brew house Birmingham Brewery, in the 1800s. That was followed by Birmingham Brewing Co., which supplied the city from 1992 to 1998. City Brewery replaced Birmingham Brewing Co., but closed in 2000.

Opening and running a successful brewery was no easy task given Alabama s strict beer laws. And for nearly a decade, there was no beer production in town and certainly no signature brews to o er outsiders on a thirst-inducing day.

Then something of a revolution happened. In 2004 a group of concerned citizens gathered to discuss Alabama legislation; the topic was one of an e ervescent nature. Nearly eight years and hours upon hours of volunteer manpower later, the Magic City is now a diamond in the rough where the craft beer scene is concerned, with a thriving community boasting four local breweries and two of our favorite watering

holes where you ll fi nd one-of-a-kind styles and fl avors. Birmingham is witnessing a new industry form that is changing the face of burgeoning neighborhoods and giving residents something to toast about.

It s something we re proud of and we celebrate it as often as possible with annual events, tours and just plain relaxing after work with a pint.

Here, we introduce you to our own family of local breweries and some businesses that support them. Each of the breweries in this section have not only crafted their own unique brews, but they each have a distinct character and personality when you visit their taprooms. However, there are a few themes you will fi nd that they all share: love of their product, love of people and love of their city.

Please visit each of these places and mention that this guide pointed you in their directions and be sure to take home some swag!

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a handful of small batch o erings. The brewery and taproom are located in the

Parkside neighborhood, which also features Railroad Park and Regions Field, home of the Birmingham Barons. Tours are o ered on Saturday and Sunday 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm on the hour. goodpeoplebrewing.com; 205-286-2337; 114 14th Street South, Birmingham, AL 35233 Taproom Hours: Mon Wed: 1p 10p; Thu Sat: 1p-12a; Sun: 1p-8p

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GOOD PEOPLE BREWING CO.

Be Good People. Drink Great Beer. Alabama hasn t always experienced the

craft beer popularity that it sees today. After graduating from college, Alabama-natives Jason Malone and Michael Sellers discovered a love of craft beer through travel and dreamed of recreating the complex tastes in the South.

Honing their craft over several years, the beers had humble beginnings mostly served out of kegs at barbecues and tailgates. With encouragement, support and a bit of luck, Jason and Michael opened Good People Brewing Co. in 2006. Today, Good People is the oldest and largest brewery operating in the State of Alabama.

Good People has six year-round o erings known as the Ales from the Heart of Dixie : Brown Ale, Pale Ale, IPA, Co ee Oatmeal Stout, Bearded Lady, and Snake Handler. Throughout the year, they o er four seasonal beers along with