Alabama Beer Trail

Business & Education
3:34 am
Wed September 10, 2014

Gadsden Moving Forward With Sunday Alcohol Sales

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Gadsden City leaders have set 6 a.m. as the time when alcoholic beverages may begin to be sold on Sundays.

The Gadsden Times reports city council unanimously approved the start time during a meeting on Tuesday. Gadsden voters approved of Sunday sales in an Aug. 26 referendum. The newspaper reports that city ordinances prevent alcohol sales between 2 a.m. and 6 a.m. on other days of the week.

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Sports
6:27 am
Thu September 4, 2014

Troy University Selling Beer at Football Games

Troy University is joining a growing number of colleges selling beer at football games.

University officials say beer will be available Saturday for the Trojans' game against Duke. But fans in Veterans Memorial Stadium will have to show proper identification and get a wrist band. Officials say customers can purchase no more than two beers at one time and beer sales will be halted at the end of the third quarter.

Athletic Director John Hartwell says the sales will be monitored to make sure the stadium remains fan friendly and family friendly.

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Beer Trail
5:39 am
Fri August 29, 2014

Limestone Country Resident Seeking Alcohol Sales

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A Limestone County business owner says the county should legalize alcohol sales locally to bring in more revenue.

The News Courier reports that real estate broker Seth Parker must get 9,000 registered voters in the county to sign a petition to force a ballot measure. Parker says he's hoping to get enough by the Nov. 4 general election but could also ask for a special election if he can't gather the signatures by November.

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Business & Education
8:31 am
Wed August 27, 2014

Gadsden Voters Approve Sunday Alcohol Sales

Back Forty Beer Company of Gadsden, AL
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You'll soon be able to buy alcohol legally on Sundays in the city of Gadsden.

Voters in the northeast Alabama city of 36,000 residents approved Sunday sales in voting Tuesday with 68 percent of the ballots favoring the change.

The Gadsden Times reports sales could begin in September once the City Council certifies the vote results and approves rules for selling on Sunday.

The area Chamber of Commerce says the change will help economic growth in the city.

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Business & Education
6:22 am
Tue August 12, 2014

Breweries, Amphitheater Planned in Huntsville

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Leaders in Huntsville hope beer and music will spruce up the site of an old middle school.

Officials say two craft breweries and a concert venue are planned for an old school west of Downtown.

Plans call for converting part of the school into a 40,000-square-foot brewery for Straight to Ale, which is now located in a warehouse. Yellowhammer plans to build a new 6,000-square-foot brewery at the site.

The city plans to open an open-air amphitheater between the two breweries at the site of the old Stone Middle School.

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Business & Education
6:22 am
Fri May 16, 2014

Alabama Brewery Back Forty Expanding

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An Alabama-based brewery is expanding its operations into a new state.

Back Forty Beer Co. will spend about $500,000 this year to double its brewing capacity and begin canning operations at its facility in Gadsden.

The Gadsden Times reports the company will soon begin expanding in to Tennessee. It's already distributed in Alabama, Mississippi, Georgia and Florida.

Back Forty Beer was honored Wednesday as the state's Small Manufacturer of the Year.

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What's Brewing in Alabama? Pt.3
4:49 pm
Thu October 10, 2013

What's Brewing in Alabama? Part 3

Fairhope Brewing Company
Stan Ingold

Craft beer makers in Alabama have gone from outlaws to entrepreneurs. For years, home brewing was against the law here. However, that is where many of Alabama’s craft brewmasters learned their craft. Times have changed in the state and so have the laws.  Here is a look at how the beer industry is bringing tourists to Alabama.

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What's Brewing in Alabama? Pt.2
4:07 pm
Wed October 9, 2013

What's Brewing in Alabama? Part 2

Druid City Brewing Company
Stan Ingold

  We’ve talked about the growing beer industry in Alabama, but what is it like getting started in this business?

Trim Tab Brewing Company is one of the newest kids on the block, they’re still getting their facility put together, but company founder Harris Stewart says he is on a much different path than he originally planned… 

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What's Brewing in Alabama?
9:49 am
Wed October 9, 2013

What's Brewing in Alabama? Part 1

Yellowhammer Brewing
Stan Ingold

     Ales, Lagers and Stouts...the sound of hand crafted beer from a bottle or tap is one brew fans in the state had been waiting years to hear… and Alabama is becoming more and more welcoming to the craft beer industry. Yellowhammer Brewing, in Huntsville is one of the craft beer brands hoping to cash in on the favorable climate in Alabama. Keith Jaeger is the head brewer at Yellowhammer. He says when NASA came to town in the late 1950’s, German rocket engineers came along for the ride…

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