Southern Alabama beer lovers, rejoice! Beginning next week, Yellowhammer Brewing (Huntsville) will start sending some craft beer love your way by expanding distribution to include Mobile and Baldwin County. This good news will be marked with an official launch party at Alchemy Tavern (7 S. Joachim Street, Mobile) on Thursday, September 26 at 7 p.m.
Founded in 2010, Yellowhammer started as a four guy operation brewing two beers in an old industrial building in downtown Huntsville. In just a few short years, the brewery has grown to include a taproom, has a biergarten currently under construction, and now produces over 18 rotating beers available on draft and in a growing line-up of bottled offerings. All of this has been made possible by Yellowhammer's bold portfolio that proudly shows off their focus on handcrafted European style beers with a Southern interpretation.
The next natural step for Yellowhammer was to widen distribution a bit, and they decided on the Gulf area of South Alabama. The brewery's launch in Mobile and Baldwin County will start with the following three offerings:
- Miracle Worker Tripel - This deceptively strong Belgian staple holds a spicy and ﬂoral aroma. Made with pilsner malt and using Belgian yeast, the brew is inspired by Trappist brewing tradition, oﬀering a honeyed sweetness on the tongue, yet a dry ﬁnish. ABV 8.3 %
- Saison de Détente - This summer seasonal is a medium gravity beer with a complex character. We combine two types of European malts along with a blend of noble European and American hops. The beer is light and refreshing, but also derives hints of spice from the French yeast, which leaves behind a crisp dryness that allows the maltiness and the flower-like hops to shine. 6.7% ABV
- Yellowhammer White - In the tradition of Belgian wheat ales that rely on orange peel and coriander for the citrus aroma, the Yellowhammer interpretation instead uses Kaﬃr lime leaves and fresh ginger to give the brew a hint of spice. Made with German and pilsner malts, German wheat and ﬂaked rye.
These Yellowhammer brews will be available on draft only for the time being, but more offerings and possibly bottles will make their way down South over time.
If you are looking for a spot to try these fantastic beers, head over to Alchemy Tavern in Mobile at 7 p.m. on September 26 for the official Yellowhammer launch party. For this event, they will be pouring the three beers listed above and a yet to be named "surprise brew". This will be the perfect opportunity for you to get acquainted with Yellowhammer and their tasty brews.
I constantly get emails from folks in South Alabama asking when will they be seeing more and better beer, and it appears that time is now with a recent influx of great local, regional and national breweries that are new to the area. I have no doubt that you all will take advantage of this good fortune by supporting Yellowhammer and the breweries like them that are looking your way. It is an exciting time for craft beer in Alabama, and I am elated that my friends and readers down South are finally getting to enjoy more of the spoils. Here's to you all. Prost!