Saturday, August 8, 2009

Birmingham is getting Bell's!

That's right beer fans Bell's best is coming to Birmingham. If you're not familiar with Bell's, we highly recommend you sample some of this brewery's wares. We recently had our first Bell's Two-Hearted Ale and were highly impressed. Beer Advocate gives it an "A", Rate Beer puts it in the 100 percentile. That's high praise.

Southern Alabama has had access to Bell's beers for a while now, but Alabama Beverage recently worked a deal to get it into central Alabama. Reps from Bell's were recently spotted in J. Clyde, so it should start showing up there pretty soon, too.

Welcome to Beermingham, Bell's! We can't wait.

[Source: FTH]

Friday, August 7, 2009

Dear Tilted Kilt: Sorry

Last week we told you about the coming of Tilted Kilt to the old Copeland's building on 280. In that post, we assumed The Kilt would depend more on its legion of scantily-clad employees to attract business than on its selection of beer.

It wasn't long after that when we got a Tweet from Good People saying that on August 17th, those kilt-wearing lasses would be serving Birmingham-born brews.

Congrats to Good People for winning over a national chain and congrats to Tilted Kilt for procuring some of GP's limited supply.

And boo to Beermingham for assuming the local Kilt would stick with the beer lineup it has in every other state. Welcome to Beermingham, Tilted Kilt. Good to see you know your beer after all.

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

J. Clyde welcomes Terrapin to town

Terrapin Beer Co. out of Athens, Ga. makes a wide variety of quality beers. In fact, I had one of their Terrapin Rye Squared at J. Clyde earlier this week. And to celebrate their Alabama debut, the Clyde is throwing a party on August 13th at 7 p.m. featuring some of Terrapin's more popular brews like the Big Hoppy Monster and Wake 'N Bake Coffee Oatmeal Imperial Stout.

But the one brew that should have beer geeks salivating is one of Terrapin's Side Projects. Since they're only sold in states that allow 22 oz bottles, Alabamians usually miss out on the one-off brews. But August 13th, the Terrapin folks are bringing over a special cask-conditioned version of Side Project No. 7, Maggie's Farmhouse Ale. It's a Saison-style beer that gets a B+ on BeerAdvocate. It's a great opportunity to try a rare beer that may never be seen in the state again.

[Source: and FTH]

Free the Hops celebrates Oktoberfest

Tickets are on sale now for Free the Hops' first Oktoberfest to be held September 19 on Morris Avenue. For $15, you'll get a limited edition 12.5 oz. glass and advance ticket holders will get two complimentary beer tasting samples. Premium beer will be $3 a glass and high-gravity will be $5.

Unlike Brewfest, Oktoberfest will be 21-and-up only. Two sessions will help keep the crowd size down. The J. Clyde is one of the food providers (Mmmm, looking forward to some fried sauerkraut balls) with more to be announced later.

It should be a fun time and we expect tickets to go fast. Click here to get yours.