Friday, July 17, 2009

Happy birthday, Good People!

I'd feel bad about missing the first birthday of local brewer Good People but they did, too! On their blog, they admit a little embarrassment themselves. But, then, there aren't too many of us beer fans who will fault them. After all, they've been a little busy lately

My first taste of their stuff was on May 31 at the second Magic City Brewfest. From what I heard that weekend, they had only brewed one keg of pale ale and were serving it at Brewfest. That took balls, I thought, to bring the first batch of your first beer to an event like that.

But it worked. As I walked around the festival that Saturday all I heard was, "Did you try the Good People?" And the next day, as a volunteer at the festival, I continued to hear attendees talk about this awesome local brewery.

Here's to an absolutely amazing first year, GP. Your fans salute you, and impatiently anticipate the day you've grown big enough to win over the nation. Oh, and the next batch of Snake Handler.

Monday: High gravity, low price

The J. Clyde is the best bar in town for beer selection. But the last time I was there, I spent way, way more than most sane people would have for two high gravity beers. They were very good, but I had a little buyer's remorse the next day.

Maybe that's why the Clyde is having special High Gravity Mondays. Instead of $8 for Rogue Imperial Red, you'll pay $5. You're limited to two discounted high gravities, but that may be all you need anyway.

Can't make it out on Mondays? I totally understand. How about Tuesday? or Thursday? All draught beers under 6% alcohol on those nights are half price. And that includes a lot of truly great beer.

Click here for a list of the new beers the Clyde is offering.

Sunday, July 12, 2009

What we're drinking tonight: Good People IPA

Again, thanks to Dee's Package Store we're sipping on some Good People tonight. They've switched out the Oatmeal Stout for a keg of the Good People IPA. It's not my favorite IPA, but it's pretty good stuff. At about $16 a gallon (ask for the Free the Hops discount), it equals out to about $2 a pint. Not bad at all.

Judging by past kegs, this one should last 4-5 days.

The folks at Dee's tell us they hope to add several more kegs of craft brew soon. We're looking forward to that and will let you know as soon as it happens.

Invite Good People into your home

We're big fans of local Birmingham brewer Good People. We'd forgo just about all other beer for their stuff except for one problem. They're not yet bottling which means you can't take it home with you.

Yet that's what we're drinking tonight. In front of me sits a gallon, ok, a half gallon now, of Good People Coffee Oatmeal Stout. How is that possible in the restrictive state of Alabama? The good people at Dee's Package Store on Green Springs are somehow able to pour growlers of the stuff. Well, to be honest, not actual growlers. Give them about $17 and the Dee's folks will hand you a gallon of whatever's on tap. They also sell half-gallons. Today it was the Oatmeal Stout, but we got one of the last three gallons we're told. Add deespackage to your Twitter feed to find out what's next. It's not always Good People (they also have some Abita on tap right now), but we hear the GP IPA is on deck.