Birmingham Beer: A Heady History of Brewing in the Magic City

Birmingham Beer: A Heady History of Brewing in the Magic City

by Carla Jean Whitley


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Birmingham Beer: A Heady History of Brewing in the Magic City by Carla Jean Whitley

Less than fifteen years after the birth of Birmingham, its brewing history began, and soon saloons dotted nearly every corner. Prohibition, however, decimated the brewing scene for eighty-five years. Although national Prohibition began in 1920, Jefferson County voted to go dry in 1907. Alabama beer saw a brief resurgence after the Brewpub Act of 1992, as craft beer's popularity grew nationwide. But the brewpubs and breweries that emerged struggled against the state's restrictive laws, which included such stipulations as locating brewpubs in historic districts and limiting beer bottle sizes to sixteen ounces. By the time grass-roots lobbying organization Free the Hops formed in 2004 to fight those restrictive laws, every Birmingham brewery had closed. Join author Carla Jean Whitley as she uncovers the struggle to make local beer a Birmingham staple.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781626194564
Publisher: History Press, The
Publication date: 07/27/2015
Pages: 144
Sales rank: 1,241,320
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.50(d)

About the Author

Carla Jean Whitley is a writer, editor and teacher based in Birmingham, Alabama, where she is a features reporter for Alabama Media Group. Carla Jean, a craft beer enthusiast, has been a part of the women's craft beer education group Hops for Honeys since 2010. She volunteers with literacy organizations and teaches journalism at the University of Alabama and Samford University.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements 7

Introduction 9

Timeline 13

Locations 15

1 Early Days 17

2 The Brewpub Era 26

3 Free the Hops 37

4 Good People Brewing Co. 45

5 Gourmet Beer Bill 51

6 Brewery Modernization Act 59

7 Avondale Brewing Co. 65

8 Gourmet Bottle Bill 73

9 Cahaba Brewing Co. 78

10 Right to Brew 82

11 Trim Tab Brewing Co. 88

12 Good People Growing 95

13 Birmingham Brewing, the Economy and the Future 101

Bibliography 107

Index 125

About the Author 127

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