On Saturday, February 15 at 1 p.m., Iron City (513 22nd St S, Birmingham) will host a brewfest featuring 18+ breweries from Alabama and North Carolina to raise funds and awareness for the very worthy cause of Wild South.
Although their work has been making a difference for over 20 years, Wild South as we know it today was born in 2007 when The Southern Appalachian Biodiversity Project of Asheville, North Carolina merged with Wild South of Moulton, Alabama. These two groups came together to inspire citizens in their home states and throughout the region to appreciate, defend, preserve, restore and enjoy the "natural legacy of the South." Their work includes leading a campaign to stop the sale of oil and gas leases on Alabama's national forests, sponsoring the effort to protect nearly 20,000 acres of Wilderness in Tennessee, leading the effort to protect 25,500 acres of North Carolina's Pisgah National Forest as a scenic area to support local economies, leading volunteers to steward Mississippi's Black Creek Wilderness and the Wild and Scenic Black Creek, and many more efforts throughout the Southeast. By advocating for the natural resources in our region, Wild South ensures that citizens maintain and experience the natural beauty that surrounds us at all times.
To raise funds and awareness for this wonderful organization, Iron City and Wild South have gotten together with quite a few Alabama and North Carolina breweries to hold a beer festival on Saturday, February 15. It will be an afternoon of good times, small plate dining provided by Iron City, and a sampling of some of the tastiest brews being produced in these two states. There are currently 18 confirmed breweries, and they even include a couple that are not usually available in the state of Alabama. Attending breweries are as follows:
- Avondale Brewing Company (Birmingham)
- Back Forty Beer Company (Gadsden)
- Black Warrior Brewing Company (Tuscaloosa)
- Blue Pants Brewery (Madison)
- Cahaba Brewing Company (Birmingham)
- Chattahoochee Brewing Company (Phenix City)
- Fairhope Brewing Company (Fairhope)
- Good People Brewing Company (Birmingham)
- Old Black Bear Brewing Company (Huntsville)
- Rocket Republic Brewing Company (Huntsville)
- Straight to Ale (Huntsville)
- Trim Tab Brewing Company (Birmingham)
North Carolina Breweries
- Asheville Brewing Company** (Asheville)
- French Broad Brewing Company (Asheville)
- Highland Brewing Company (Asheville)
- Oskar Blues Brewery (Brevard)
- Pisgah Brewing Company** (Black Mountain)
- Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. (Mills River)
(**) These breweries are not normally available in Alabama.
General admission tickets can be purchased for a donation of $40 per person and include unlimited tastings during event hours, a souvenir tasting glass, small plates from Iron City, Wild South membership, and the chance to win many door prizes. VIP tickets can be purchased for a donation of $50 per person and include all of the benefits of General Admission tickets plus early entry at noon, meet and greet with brewers, and a Wild South t-shirt. You can arrange your tickets by clicking here. 100% of proceeds raised from ticket sales go directly to Wild South to support their work.
If you are looking for the perfect Valentine's Day gift for the beer lover in your life or if you are just free on February 15 and want to drink some amazing beer, go ahead and purchase your tickets and support the work of Wild South. You really cannot go wrong when you get to raise funds for a good cause by drinking with your friends on a Saturday. Please just remember to arrange safe transportation home. Prost!