So, here’s the first entry at The Bitter End, my return to beer reportage for The Star. I’ll post a more complete introduction later, but right now there’s actual news to report. There are three beer events coming up in Calhoun County in the next few weeks, one of them in just a few days.
Monday – Tap Takeover/Meet the Brewers - Cooter Brown’s Rib Shack, Jacksonville
The folks from Gadsden’s Back Forty Beer Co. will be on hand at Cooter Brown’s (8464 Ala. 204, Jacksonville) from 6 p.m.-9 p.m. The event’s Facebook page says there will be prizes from the brewery and the restaurant, and specials on Back 40 products.
Aug. 25 – Charity Beer Tasting - Mellow Mushroom, Oxford
Mellow Mushroom‘s annual charity tasting benefits the Parris Home for Children, operated by the Children’s Services Inc. The event this year features Alabama brewers, including Back Forty, Good People and Straight to Ale. There will be hors d’oeuvres, pizza and live music. Tickets are $30 and must be purchased in advance. Tickets are available from Children’s Services board members, and there are a few available for purchase in advance at the restaurant. Terry Phillis of Mellow Mushroom says distributors including Bama Budweiser and Pinnacle are bringing a number of brews previously unavailable in the area, including Southern Star‘s Bombshell Blonde, Sprecher Brewing’s IPA2, and Cisco Brewing‘s Sankaty Lager.
The annual Suds Fest fundraiser benefiting the Berman Museum is right around the corner. This event also will feature Back Forty brews, along with other beers provided by the distributors Supreme Beverage, Bama Budweiser and Alabama Crown. There’s also supposed to be food from a heap of local restaurants – Heroes, Covalli’s, Classic on Noble, the Peerless, Garfrerick’s and more. Tickets are $35 for one, $30 for museum members, $25 each when purchasing 10 or more or $20 for designated drivers. The deadline to order tickets, available from the museum (256-237-6261), is Sept. 7.