Two mugs of Back Forty's Kudzu Porter sit on the counter at Cooter Brown's Rib Shack.
I stopped by Cooter Brown's Rib Shack
in Jacksonville last night, for the last few minutes of Back Forty Beer
's tap takeover. The restaurant had added Back Forty's Kudzu Porter to its row of tap handles for the evening (the Gadsden brewery's Naked Pig Pale Ale, Freckle Belly IPA and Truck Stop Honey Brown are normally available there). A representative from the brewery was there handing out T-shirts, glasses, etc.
It was cool to have all four of Back Forty's regular brews available, but it did mean that another regular craft offering was unavailable for the night: Lazy Magnolia
's Southern Pecan Brown Ale. Interestingly, Lazy Magnolia played a big role in getting Back Forty off the ground, brewing the Alabama company's beers at its facility in Kiln, Miss., until Back Forty's Gadsden brewery opened this year.
If you've ever been to Cooter Brown's you know space is very tight, and that includes space behind the bar and in the back. Unfortunately, that means adding new taps is unlikely, people with the restaurant have told me. That means they consider their draft offerings very, very carefully.